Master dog trainer Adam G. Katz lets you take a sneak peak inside one of his private lessons with a client and her dog, “Harley”. This is the client’s first session, and as you can see: Just using the right type of training collar makes a huge difference!
Here’s how to train your dog not to pull — loose leash walking, with “Shorty”, a rescue he’s using in a series of videos to demonstrate how to use his techniques to go from absolutely no training, to fully trained in a minimal amount of time.
Easily teach any dog how to heel in less than a day!
Here is a demonstration of what we mean when we refer to getting your dog to walk on a loose leash.
Adam’s never seen this dog, before. His veterinarian asked him to “work his magic” since the dog was obnoxious on the leash for her. Many experienced dog owners will probably say, “Big deal… it’s a female Golden Retriever!” But there are videos of Adam using the same successful techniques on pit bulls, rottweilers and other difficult breeds, over at Dogproblems.com. (Our apologies for the poor resolution!)
Larry’s Border Collie was lunging at traffic while on the leash. Larry says: “My Border Collie is 6 months-old and when I am walking him by any road with traffic he keeps lunging at the moving traffic and is oblivious to everything except the cars or busses that pass. It makes walking him an unhappy experience. Please help! If he cannot hear traffic, he walks lovely. Regards, Larry.” Adam replies: Hi, Larry. You’re going to want to start by using the pinch collar and the “attention-getter”/loose Read more [...]
KPStorms writes to me: “I have a 9 month old shepherd /pit bull mix we adopted from the shelter when he was about 6 months old. The problem is he pulls me like crazy he weighs about 56 lbs. and is extremely strong . I’m a big guy but I have a hard time controlling him. When ever he sees another animal ,a bike ,or anyone walks by he lunges at them/it . I don’t think he wants to fight ,he just wants to play . I have a pinch collar and I can barely put one finger through. I have tried walking in the Read more [...]
Training your dog to not pull on the leash… One of the most common problems people have with their dogs is pulling on the leash. There are many reasons why this can occur, and quite often it is nothing more than excitement on the dogs part. If this is the case, allowing the dog a few minutes to simmer down before taking it on his/her walk can often stop it. Once again, the dogs pack mentality can come to play with the dog assuming leadership over its owner as the leader of the pack. This Read more [...]
All dogs need to accept the restraints of a leash and this can be hard for some puppies. If your Golden is frightened by the leash as a puppy, he may resent the leash for the rest of his life. Therefore you may want to introduce the leash in a non-threatening manner. Soon after you bring your puppy home, put a soft nylon or cotton buckle collar on him. Make sure it’s loose enough to slip over his head should he get tangled up with something. After a day or two, when he is no longer scratching Read more [...]
When your Golden can watch you while you walk backwards, then you are ready to teach the heel. Heel means, “Walk with me, by my left side, with your neck and shoulders by my left leg. You will pay attention to me and walk as I do; slow, fast, normal, left turns, right turns and anything else.” Obviously, this is a complicated exercise. However, if your dog is watching well, this won’t be too hard for him. To start, practice the watch me exercise as you have been doing it; backing away Read more [...]
You’ll need to first properly fit a pinch collar and get a leather 6 foot leash. If you feel your dog is a very “soft temperamented” dog, then you can use a regular training collar, or sometimes even a flat leather buckle collar. But in most cases when people have trouble with their dog [pulling->walking on a loose leash] on the leash, the proper use of a pinch collar is the easiest and most humane way of going about fixing the problem. Hold the 6 foot leash at about 1/3 of the way down, and Read more [...]
Many of you know that for the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a new dog training video series. There will be five new videos, and it will be combined with a number of other products that I currently sell as one big, colossal, super dog training information package. Or you’ll be able to buy the individual components separately. The first of these five new videos has already been completed and I thought I’d share some brief observations that were included in this information-packed-teaching-tool, Read more [...]
I have a 4 month old female pup, AmStaff/Boxer (we think – she was a rescue). She responds well to all training, EXCEPT for walking and heeling. We’ve practiced the loose-leash “turning on a dime” technique described in your book and audio tape at length, but she refuses to cooperate. It’s not a matter of distraction – when I attempt to train her in this style, she pulls back with all her strength. When the loose leash is snapped, she sits, paws braced, or lays down on her back. These responses Read more [...]
Our Panda learns quickly, however, she is a bit smarter than we can outwit. She figured out leash lengths so we have mixed that up, but now she knows when she has the pinch collar on she’s working and she will listen. Without it, it’s hit and miss. I’ve tried putting the collar on whenever I’m home and randomly doing things with her to keep her on her toes. But as soon as you go outside — she will test to see if she’s connected to the pinch or regular collar (I tried this also to mix it up). What Read more [...]