I’ve Tried Everything But My Dog Still Pulls
Are you familiar with Jim Rohn?
Jim Rohn was a great entrepreneur, writer and speaker.
One thing he is famous for teaching is what he calls, “The Principle of Massive Action.”
He states that if you are stuck with anything (including dog training) then taking action is NOT enough. You have to take what he calls Massive Action.
Instead of just trying one solution to the problem you apply 10 to 20 at the same time.
I met with a client yesterday and after two minutes I knew I was going to have to come up with a Massive Action plan to help this dog. Sure it would be great if I could just push a button and fix the dog but NOTHING in life works that way.
Often when I meet with a client they will say, “I’ve tried everything but my dog still _______.”
The biggest problem for many is pulling on leash. So when I am faced with a dog that will not walk on leash, I use a mini-massive action plan. I know that y’all have a life and can’t spend hours training your dog.
And I am going to share this mini-massive action plan with you to use:
1. Exercise your dog. Too much pent up energy makes it impossible for you to walk your dog.
2. Spend five minutes in the morning and afternoon teaching your dog to follow a food lure at your side in low distraction areas.
3. Use a gentle leader for the next few weeks so walks are less of a struggle.
4. Practice changing directions when your dog starts to pull.
5. Use the right leash. Six foot leather is the best. It is the right length to control your dog and leather is easy on the hands.
6. Practice U-turns. Turning into your dog and doing tight circles helps train your dog to focus on you and avoid distractions – good for reactive dogs.
7. Practice attention exercise before, during and after walks.
8. Have a helper hold a ball or treat 15 to 20 feet away. Approach and if your dog pulls, do an about face and walk away. Once your dog calms, turn around and approach the helper again. Forward progress only happens when the leash is loose. Your dog will learn that forward movement and reward only happens on a slack leash.
So there you have it. A mini-massive action plan to get your dog walking with you on leash.
You don’t have to do them all everyday. But just by doing a couple of the steps each day and changing it up you’ll start to get great results.
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