The more frustrating or tricky a problem is, the more important it is to break it down into it's different, small components. These are the components that make loose-leash walking tricky:

Three Reasons Loose-Leash Walking Is Hard

Dogs walk faster than us

Have you ever walked beside someone who walked really slow? Out of politeness, you probably tried to slow down, but even when you slowed down you realized you were somehow still walking too fast, so you slowed down even more until you felt like you were just walking in place. Does any of that sound familiar? If it does, then you know how your pup feels when he walks with you.

Distractions are everywhere and unpredictable

What makes walks interesting for your dog is also what makes them hard. It's impossible for you to predict when there will be a random piece of food on the ground, or another dog is about to approach, or when there's going to be a loud noise at the construction site you're walking past. Some days it feels like pure chaos.

It's hard to be consistent

The unpredictable environment makes it harder to be consistent. Maybe your dog just took a long sniff of that tree but technically she never pulled on the leash. Is that okay? If so, how is she going to know that it's not okay the next time the tree is just out of reach? Are you consistent with how long of a leash you give her or do you sometimes hold it shorter or longer?

Keep these three things in mind as you set out to improve your loose-leash walking. Understanding why something is challenging is one of the first steps in changing a behavior.

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