How do you teach a dog not to pull on leash, either ahead or behind? There are lots of ways to teach your dog or puppy loose leash walking, but I really like Silky Leash.Â This method teaches dogs that a very light pressure on the leash is a “cue” that means to go in the direction of that light pull. The best part of Silky Leash training is that it doesn’t train dogs with pain or pressure, but with positive reinforcement.
I named this leash walking technique Silky Leash, because the idea is to use very light, silky pressure on the dog’s collar, with a fluid leash. Â This dog training technique originated from Shirley Chong’s great posts on a clicker training list. A good technique deserves a good name, so “Silky Leash” was born!
Here’s a summary of Silky Leash up in just a few words: Pretend your leash is a silk thread. Put light pressure on the collar. Reward When the Leash Loosens.
Students at Ahimsa Dog Training get a full written description of Silky Leash in the Training Manual, but hopefully, the video is enough to get you started on teaching your dog to stop pulling on leash!
The videos below are summaries of a 10-session practice with Silky Leash. Sessions were 30 minutes each. If you can make a commitment to train your dog every day, this method will work! The first video is a 5 minute video of Emma and the 2nd video is a 10 minute video with Winston and a little bit of Emma.
Emma – 5 minute leash walking video
Winston – 10 minute leash walking video
Please leave comments on the Silky Leash videos below!Written by Grisha Stewart, Ahimsa Dog Training, Seattle Tweet This Post!