Be Unpredictable

When training a Golden Retriever, by making quick and abrupt turns in the opposite direction anytime, and your dog starts to get ahead of you, this will teach him to concentrate on where you’re going. Praise him lavishly when he returns on your side and even reward with a small treat should your Golden Retriever is food motivated. The idea will be to stop the pulling before it even starts by catching him off guard. Be calm, no need to scold him, he’ll figure it out. You may have to turn around forty times within the first session and barely make it half way down the driveway, but take it easy, it’s going to get better the more often you practice. Many dogs catch on quickly to this game and begin to observe their owner closely to see what they’ll do next. Your pet dog that paying attention to you isnt pulling on the leash.

Setting the Golden Retriever Training Rules

And stick to them! Decide for good that you will not allow him to pull and after that react anytime he tries to move in front of you. This means your have to be watching him closely throughout the first couple sessions. Allowing him to tug sometimes but not constantly will only confuse your dog. Look at your next couple walks as training experiences, not exercise. Once your dog gets the hang of it you’ll be able to start to plan on moving beyond the driveway.

Practice in Training your Golden Retriever

Teaching good leash walking skills can be an ongoing process. You may always need to be unpredictable every once in a while even after your dog understands everything you expect. Keep him on his toes and keep practicing. Never be stingy with the praise, acknowledge when he’s doing what’s right and your start to see much more of that behavior.

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