Tag Archives: loose leash walking

Why did my dog’s reactivity get worse, when I’m trying my best?

Posted on: February 23, 2017 - No Comments

Does your reactive dog seem to be getting more fearful, anxious, or aggressive? Here are key strategies for change that you can put in place very easily.

Do you walk WITH your dog or BEHIND him? Learn how to make a lasting change!

Posted on: March 30, 2016 - 2 Comments

The mysteries of walking nicely on the leash unravelled! With no nasty gadgets or shouting.

Leash Control: It’s Not About Control at All

Posted on: February 15, 2016 - No Comments

People go to great lengths to try to achieve what they see as a "gold star level" of leash control using all kinds of questionable methods. But here's the thing: true leash control isn't about control at all.

The Myth of the Militant Dog Walk

Posted on: November 11, 2015 - 3 Comments

Is it time to reevaluate your leash walking requirements to more fit your lifestyle? I know over the years I have, and both me and my dogs are happier for it.

Positively Dog Training Episode 501

Posted on: November 5, 2015 - 1 Comment

Victoria and Holly start Season 5 of the Positively Podcast off with a bang, including some great Ask Victoria questions and an interview with 'Of Dogs and Men' filmmaker Patrick Reasonover.

How to Stop Leash Reactivity and Start Enjoying Walks Again

Posted on: October 5, 2015 - 1 Comment

How can we stop leash reactivity? By turning a dog training challenge into a strength and creating an awesome relationship with our dogs. Here's how.

Why We Should All “Get Leashed”

Posted on: April 13, 2015 - 15 Comments

It’s an all too common occurrence, and it shouldn’t be happening at all. Are you guilty of the “lazy leash syndrome”?

Positively Success Story: Chevy

Posted on: December 16, 2014 - 1 Comment

Until Wednesday, walking Chev was like walking a plow horse. There's no indication she's had much, if any loose-leash training. We decided to take the time to do it right.

How I Stopped My Dog’s Leash Aggression

Posted on: August 17, 2014 - 15 Comments

If you’ve ever had a leash reactive dog, you know the feeling of dread that I had before going on a walk. Learn how I stopped my dog's leash aggression--positively.

VSPDTs Offer Loose Leash Walking Course

Posted on: May 21, 2014 - No Comments

Do you have a dog that pulls on the leash? It's a common problem facing dog owners today. Two Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers (VSPDTs)--Dale Ward and Daniela Cardillo--have teamed up to offer a loose-leash walking course for both dog trainers and dog owners. Register Now. *Use promo code EARLY10 to receive a 10% discount Read More

Study Shows Lower Stress Levels in Dogs Trained Positively

Posted on: February 20, 2014 - No Comments

A new study released in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior reveals what many of us in the dog behavior field have long known to be true: that positive reinforcement training is beneficial for a dog's overall well-being and the canine-human bond, and that aversive training has detrimental effects on both. For the first time, trained Read More

VSPDTs Offer Loose Leash Walking Course

Posted on: February 17, 2014 - No Comments

Do you have a dog that pulls on the leash? It's a common problem facing dog owners today. Two Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers (VSPDTs)--Dale Ward and Daniela Cardillo--have teamed up to offer a loose-leash walking course for both dog trainers and dog owners. Register Now. *Use promo code EARLY10 to receive a 10% discount Read More

Why Does My Dog Keep Pulling Me?!?!?!

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - 4 Comments

“Why does my dog keep pulling me?”  This is the phrase I hear over and over from clients who are trying their best to walk their dogs on a regular basis.  Short of giving up, they suffer the embarrassment, danger and sometimes pain, of walking a dog who pulls like a freight train when on Read More

Puppy Leash Training

Posted on: January 18, 2014 - No Comments

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Pulling On The Leash

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Leash issues are a huge problem for the dog-owning public and a leading culprit for why so many otherwise healthy dogs are doomed to life (or usually more accurately, an early death) in animal shelters. Whether it's simple leash-pulling or more significant leash reactivity and leash aggression, the primary thing to keep in mind is Read More

Loose Leash Walking

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Contrary to popular belief, dogs that pull on the leash while being walked do not want to be pack leader, top dog, alpha, or dominant over their human. There is a much simpler explanation: dogs love to be outside, and the walk is a stimulating and exciting part of their day, so the desire to Read More

Choosing the Right Leash

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What’s in a leash? These days, there are all kinds of leashes on the market. How do you choose the right leash for you? Standard Leashes Nylon leashes are relatively popular these days, and they are an easy and inexpensive option for most dog owners. If you have a strong puller or a leash reactive Read More

Basic Cues

Posted on: January 15, 2014 - No Comments

Regardless of whether you have a new puppy or an older dog, it is never too late to start teaching your dog basic cues. From beginner cues like 'sit' and 'touch' to more advanced cues like 'stay' and 'heel' which require more impulse control, your dog should be taught using fun, force-free methods and every Read More

In Defense of Harnesses

Posted on: December 11, 2013 - 25 Comments

As dog owners, we are constantly bombarded with product after product recommended for walking our dogs. I cringe when I see dogs choking, coughing, and essentially strangling themselves on walks as a result of their collars. While prong and choke collars are the most obvious offenders, even a flat collar can be damaging to a Read More

Victoria Develops New Training Products

Posted on: November 27, 2013 - 2 Comments

Victoria Stilwell constantly promotes the power of positive training methods through the many platforms she has developed during her career as a well-known dog trainer. Now she is taking her commitment to helping people and their dogs to a whole new level with the announcement of a new line of dog training products specifically designed by Victoria herself to help dog owners around the world. With her Positively Training Treats, Positively No-Pull Harness, and Positively Double-Connection Leash, Victoria aims to help dog owners tackle some of the most commonly-encountered dog behavior problems.

Making Manners Fun Series: Loose-Leash Edition

Posted on: November 19, 2013 - 17 Comments

As a dog trainer, one of the most common problems I get asked for help with is getting a dog to walk without pulling on the leash. Loose-leash walking is just like any other trick we may teach our dogs. It’s about finding a way to make it fun for the dog. Walking with a Read More