Bolt is a leash reactive Min Pin in Manassas, VA. Min Pin that is super cute and sweet. Bolt’s owner had some issues with him pulling on the leash. Squirrels and dogs tend to make him react. His reactions range from completely ignoring his owners to typical leash reactive behavior (growling and lunging at dogs while on the leash.) He did so well in our lesson. He didn’t chase any of the geese (he didn’t even bark at them!) and walked past several dogs without reacting.
Well, the answer is just like any other breed of dog. You have to start with their mind. Can you control your dog mentally, emotionally and hormonally, without using physical means?
I teach the owners of the dog(s) how to work with their dogs and how to communicate like a dog. So much dog training is about force, pain and/or trying to get the dog to think like a human. That doesn’t make sense because they are dogs and can only think like dogs.
Once the owners have a foundation inside the home, we start the walk. The goal is to get the dog to follow behind on leash, not by our sides and definitely not ahead. From there we add distractions for practice.
His owner sent me an email:
“I took Bolt on a run the next morning after our session and he was GREAT. Not only did he run behind me the whole time, he also didn’t make frequent stops (as boy dogs tend to do) and turned his attention away from distractions as soon as I gave the command, including a squirrel and the neighbor dogs behind their fence. When we passed the neighbor dogs, he walked calmly behind me and didn’t give them a second glance.” Great job!
If you have any questions or need help with your dog, please contact me!