For most dog guardians, on leash walks are a vital everyday interaction with their canine companions. Ideally, going for a walk with your dog is a fun and engaging activity for all parties involved. In many cases going for walks with their guardian is the primary source of exercise and enrichment for a dog and is a great source of joy and connection. The reality is that many guardians, and dogs, struggle to go on walks that do not involve excessive, pulling, correction and even stress.
One of the core components of the Tellington TTouch Method are leading and groundwork exercises. Each technique has the same goals; teaching dogs how to find balance and be in harmony with their human counter parts. Finding overall balance is one of the most important pieces in the quest for relaxed, cooperative, Loose Leash walking.
Helping dogs find balance, and self-carriage leads to an increased feeling of safety, which fosters self-confidence. When dogs feel safe and confident they are better able to act rather than react, and make better choices in their everyday lives. Each of the following exercises can be used to change the way a dog feels in his body and is able to find his balance.
When dogs are balanced they tend not to pull on the leash and are generally less anxious and reactive to outside stimuli. While there is always a chance for a “squirrel” moment, the many Tellington TTouch exercises help speed up recovery from such instances and greatly enhance the overall trust and communication your have with your dog.
Go beyond training and truly enhance the way your dog feels and moves which will transform the way they can respond and cooperate.