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practically Perfect Dog Training



Does your dog need more than just an average walk around the park?

Do you want to come home to a happy & relaxed dog?

Does your dog need help being a well balanced and socialised dog?



A game to encourage your dog to stop pulling and walk with you on a loose lead.

This game challenges your dog to think by working out the problem and also by getting them to break a habit of a lifetime.

This will show your dog that being by your side is a great thing!

This is a game to practice with no destination - you may not even get off your street.


Before you start ensure that you have the right equipment for your dog if you are using a collar make sure it fits correctly,

you should just be able to slip two fingers underneath it.

If your dog is an extreme puller you may want to invest in a harness that is designed to prevent pulling.

Or You could also consider a head collar such as Canny Collar or Gentle Leader instead of a harness.

Your Lead should be soft webbing and you’ll need it be approx. 6ft in length. Ideally you can get a multipoint lead that allows you to adjust the length as needed.

Treats - use treats that your dog will really want such as chicken, cheese, liver or hot dog's. These need to be in really tiny pieces - even for the big dog's too!

Make sure you always keep a supply in your hand ready to give.

Positive attitude and patience - Remember we are getting your dog to stop doing what he likes so it may be hard work to begin with put be persistent and consistent.

Location = Either your garden or on the street.

Once your dog is on lea chosse which side what your dog to walk on left or right..

if your dog walks on your left then hold the lead in your left hand and position on your hip or jean pocket - your hand must NOT move from this location.

Keep the treats in the right hand.


1. Head out on your ‘walk’. Let your dog walk and the moment the lead is pulled tight STOP dead in your tracks.

(make sure your hand does not move from your hip)

2. Now we wait until there is the briefest loosening of tension on the lead - it could be a head turn to look at you or he might even turn his body.

Your dog will wonder what the hell is going on and why aren’t we moving.

3. We keep waiting and waiting…. They will move. The slight shuffle in their feet may cause the tension to slacken.

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4. The moment the lead slackens say a happy ‘good’, call them and give them a treat.

Give them their treat on your left side by your leg at their nose hight. (by doing this your dog learns that the treats come from your side where we want them to walk).

5. Start to walk again.

6. Now Repeat until they understand you’re waiting for the lead to slacken, they will get quicker at doing this.

Once the above is mastered, Lets up the challenge!!

Repeat the above, however now we want more than a little bit of slack we want a least one step back towards us.

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1. Once your dog has given you a bit of slack lead don’t say anything simply wait until they make a step towards you even if its one paw. Once they do say ‘Good’ and reward.

2. Now they’ve done that a couple of time successfully start increasing the amount of steps they make to get their treat.

3. Keep practicing until they master it, eventually you want them to return to your side. The moment they do return to your side start walking before you say ‘Good’ and treat.

4.The longer they stay walking at your side keep saying ‘Good’ and giving them a treat.


The more they are consistently walking at your side you can start saying ‘close’ or ‘walk’ but still follow up with a treat.

This gives a name to the action of walking beside you that you can say to your dog when they start to pull.

Practice with different lead lengths so you dog doesn’t automatically assume he will always have a long lead.

Once you and your dog have mastered the game try doing it in the park or anywhere where there are more distractions.

This will challenge your dog to be with you and you may have to start at the very beginning too.

Don’t play this for more than 8 to 10 minutes, you could bore your dog and he’ll end up fed up of the game.

If at any point you feel your dog just isn’t getting it have a break, play a game of tug or give them a good body scratch all over.

You can also go back to step you dog was doing well and practice that a little more.

When playing this game its important to remember you might not actually go anywhere you

may spend the first few times simply walking to one end of the street and back.