How can I teach my dog to walk beside me?

When I walk my dog, a small male Maltese, he keeps running in front of me, sniffing and drugging me behind him. Whoever sees us, laughs. They say that the dog takes me for a walk. How can I teach him to walk next to me?

A basic obedience class sounds like a good idea here – the dog is ruling the roost, and you need to gain control.

However, for walking in general, when you first start out, tell the dog to "heel", which means he needs to stay at your side. Give him enough leash so it’s not pulling his collar tight to his neck, but not so much that he can get too far away from you.

As soon as he starts to pull, don’t allow him to – keep a firm grip on the leash, "pop" him back next to you, and talk to him while you are walking – use your voice to keep his focus on you and not on the trees or anything else you pass.

While you are walking, don’t walk a straight line. Zig Zag, do a lot of starts and stops, do a lot of turns. While it will look strange to folks passing by, it will teach the dog to pay attention to you, as he will never no where you are going to go next.

Do not use a treat to lure the dog – – – you want the dog to listen to your voice commands, and what happens if you don’t have a treat with you – Many dogs who are trained with treats will not listen if the treat is not available.

Make the dog "heel" next to you, then have a release command, OK, all right, all done – a simple one or 2 words that tells the dog it’s okay to leave your side and visit the tree or fire hydrant or ???. let them sniff, etc., for a few minutes, with you standing still so they can only go the distance of the leash. Then tell the dog to heel, get them back at your side, and continue walking.

The dog will learn that heel means they need to stay with you, and OK (or whatever you use for the release) means they can go sniff.

15 comments

  1. very very short leash, so he has no choice to walk beside you then he will learn to adapt to it like that
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  2. hold the leash by the end with your right hand! Use your left hand and hold the middle part of the leash, let your dog walk on your left side next to you! praise him while he walks next to you and then scold him if he pulls you!
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  3. Just like on the dog whisperer, you walk with them beside you, hold the leash close, but have slack. If they start to think they are leading, you can stop and make them stay.
    If you are having problems with this, I think choke leashes are good, some people don’t like them.

    If you want some tutorials check out some episodes of the dog whisperer, it is how I learned to train my dog.

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  4. get the extentable leads thats how i train my dogs. eh also you have to trust your dog and if it does start to run away walk away from your dog thats how i do it
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  5. If you want to teach them to walk right next to you you have to pull on the leash so he stays right next to you. If hes older than a year though it is quite hard. We tried with my dog and it didnt work out so well. We decided to buy a gentle leader harness. It works GREAT for little dogs. They stop pulling and they will stop and wait for you if it gets to the end of the leash. It works wonders. I would definately use it. When we put it on my dog it worked right away with no training neede. Hope this helps!!!
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  6. A basic obedience class sounds like a good idea here – the dog is ruling the roost, and you need to gain control.

    However, for walking in general, when you first start out, tell the dog to "heel", which means he needs to stay at your side. Give him enough leash so it’s not pulling his collar tight to his neck, but not so much that he can get too far away from you.

    As soon as he starts to pull, don’t allow him to – keep a firm grip on the leash, "pop" him back next to you, and talk to him while you are walking – use your voice to keep his focus on you and not on the trees or anything else you pass.

    While you are walking, don’t walk a straight line. Zig Zag, do a lot of starts and stops, do a lot of turns. While it will look strange to folks passing by, it will teach the dog to pay attention to you, as he will never no where you are going to go next.

    Do not use a treat to lure the dog – – – you want the dog to listen to your voice commands, and what happens if you don’t have a treat with you – Many dogs who are trained with treats will not listen if the treat is not available.

    Make the dog "heel" next to you, then have a release command, OK, all right, all done – a simple one or 2 words that tells the dog it’s okay to leave your side and visit the tree or fire hydrant or ???. let them sniff, etc., for a few minutes, with you standing still so they can only go the distance of the leash. Then tell the dog to heel, get them back at your side, and continue walking.

    The dog will learn that heel means they need to stay with you, and OK (or whatever you use for the release) means they can go sniff.
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    obedience instructor for 20+ years.

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  8. Pull the leash in very short and close to you. When he starts pulling in front of you, say "Aah" (strange noises get their attention) and turn around and start walking in the direction you came from, to show him that if he doesn’t follow, then no walk. Then after a few seconds, turn around and continue your walk as it was. When he pulls again, say "Aah" and turn around again. You will have to repeat this many times, but be consistent, and it will work. Good luck!
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  9. There’s a black dauchshund in Mt. Morris that does that. We all call the owner the weiner dog guy. But here’s how to train your dog to heel:

    Sit your dog at your left side. It might be helpful to first train your dog to respond to the "Sit" command.

    Hold the leash loosely through your left hand with the looped end in your right. Do not hold it tightly or pull up on the leash.

    Step forward, moving your left leg first. Hold a treat out in front of the dog to get him to walk with you. Use the command "Heel" as you walk. Repeat it as necessary, tugging the leash as you do to keep the dog moving.

    Reward the dog each time he obeys the "Heel" command with a treat or plenty of praise. Repeated positive reinforcement will train the dog to respond to this command.

    Stop and have the dog sit once more at your side with the "Sit" command. Then start again. Repeat this process several times.

    Practice the "Heel" command approximately 10 to 15 minutes per session, two to three sessions per day.
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