three dogs on a leash, keeping a dachshund and a French bulldog together, walking in the forest with three dogs
Dog training 01.06.2021

Relaxed walking on the leash in spite of other dogs - 3 tips for leash leadership

Sissi by Sissi, Sissi has been a blogger since 2014, got on the dog in 2018. Since then, she struts her 10000 steps through the world every day with Loki. The Beagdor (Labrador-Beagle mix) is a therapy dog for children and also accompanies her to schools. Secretly she fancies a French Bulldog as a second dog.

Leash leadership - relaxed walking is purely a matter of practice!

Walks and excursions with your own dog are something very nice and are not only suitable for recovering from everyday life. In order for walking to work in the presence of other dogs, the dog's leash leadership is a necessary and supportive tool.

Is your dog used to pulling on his leash all the time? With loving consistency and training, you too can teach your four-legged friend leash control. In order for your dog to know what behaviour you want from him, he needs you and your instructions.

Here you will find a few useful tips to support you in your joint training.

Dog, dog breed, Canidae, mammal, leaf, yellow, muzzle, beagle or begador on leash in forest, autumn, carnivore, nose, shutterstock.com / Halfpoint
  1. Tip
    Übe mit deinem Hund das Anleinen in Situationen, die ihm Spaß machen. Das „an die Leine nehmen“ kann beim Füttern, beim Spielen, beim Streicheln oder auch beim Kuscheln stattfinden. Wichtig ist, dass dein Vierbeiner die Leine als etwas Positives kennen und schätzen lernt.
  2. Tip
    Durch die Übernahme der Führung beim Gassi gehen, kannst du deinem Hund ein Vertrauen signalisieren: Du bist sein persönlicher Schutzbereich. Das bedeutet auch, mehr Entscheidungen zu übernehmen, als ihr Vierbeiner. Lass dich dabei nicht durch seine Ablenkungsmanöver wie anstupsen, herumschnuppern oder Leinengezerre irritieren. Um in deiner Führungsrolle akzeptiert zu werden, ist es wichtig, dass dein Hund die von dir initiierten Manöver durchführt.
  3. Tip
    Zu Anfang wird dein Hund leicht ablenkbar sein. Achte auf kurze Trainingseinheiten in einer ruhigen Umgebung. Der eigenen Hof oder Garten oder das Wohnzimmer reicht für die ersten Schritte. In weiterer Folge kannst du dann auch auf Feldwegen, im Wald und in der Nähe von anderen Hunden weiter trainieren.
    Während des Trainingsaufbaus sollte dein Vierbeiner auch lernen, dass das „Vorne laufen“ nicht grundsätzlich verboten ist. Mit dem Kommando „Zieh“ kannst du ihm bewusst das „Vorne laufen“ gestatten.

Start of training

  • Take your dog relaxed on the leash and tell him on which side he should walk. Now speak to your four-legged friend and take the first steps. Make sure that the dog's attention is on you when you speak to him. The leash should hang loosely. If he walks relaxed at your side, you can reward him with words or a treat. 2.
  • 2. especially at the beginning your dog still has to learn what you want from him. If he pulls on the leash again, speak to him briefly. If he does not react, turn away from your companion and wait until he pulls less. This turning away may be necessary several times at first. Don't give up and signal each turning away maneuver to your dog with your speech or a click of your tongue. This will give him a chance to follow you each time. 3.
  • If your dog wants to overtake you, change direction. This is your way of letting him know that he needs to pay attention to where you are going. The change can be done at a faster pace than walking.
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