Loose Lead Training the Dog School way!

by Fiona Sinclair // May 2018

Lovely Laika was one of nine puppies born in the care of Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, West Calder after their mum Daisy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought into the centre and found to be pregnant. The puppies were ready to go to new homes in late January.

Laika joined Dog School puppy classes at the Dick Vet Small Animal Hospital near Roslin, Edinburgh. Among the many things we work on in our puppy classes, we help owners teach their pups to walk nicely on the lead without pulling. In true Dog School style, we use reward-based training to teach puppies not to pull on the lead.

We start by encouraging puppies to follow their owner, rewarding them when they choose to follow. Over the five-week Dog School course, we gradually increase distractions during the loose lead training so that puppies learn to walk calmly beside their owner in different places no matter what other exciting distractions are around.

Laika was a friendly sociable girl in puppy classes but over the weeks of her course, she learned to focus beautifully on her owner, graduating with lovely manners on the lead. The Dog School coaches were particularly proud to receive this feedback from Laika’s owner:

“Thank you for helping us with her training; Laika already walks much better than she ever did!”

Why not join one of our many classes in Edinburgh to learn how to train your dog the Dog School way? You can contact us at edinburghdogschool@dogstrust.org.uk or call us on 0131 448 1025 for more details.

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