Wits End Dog Training: helping you to help your dog be the best it can be

Wits End Dog Training, helping you to help your dog be the best it can be.

Wits End Dog Training | Specifics

5. Leash walking through a crowd

My dog is self-controlled in public places.
My dog will move about politely in pedestrian traffic, including children, toddlers and strollers.
My dog occasionally may show some interest in strangers but will continue to walk with me without lunging, balking or anxiety.

This experience is really the culmination of lots of work to teach your dog that when you give the heel instruction that his focus is on you and only you. Regardless of the distractions in the environment.

The goal is to take the “walk calmly on leash” and develop the training in different scenarios so that walking through a crowd is actually a game where the people and other dogs are just obstacles to be avoided while he gazes at you adoringly.

"Make no mistake, this is an acquired skill for most dogs,
it does not often come naturally!"

Start at quiet times of day, then gradually increase the distraction level. Keep working at the same level until you get perfect performance for a couple of sessions before you move up the scale. There is no right answer for how long this might take, it will depend on the individual dog.

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