I recently adopted a two year old male Doberman Pincher and am struggling to get him to heel properly. He pulls on the leash and often tries to take off in different directions, making walks a bit of a challenge.
I've tried using treats and positive reinforcement, but it doesn't seem to be making a significant difference. Are there any training techniques or methods that have worked for anyone else with a similar breed? I want to make sure he gets the exercise he needs, but also want to establish good walking habits.
Thanks in advance for any advice or tips!
I would like to share a technique that helped me train my Doberman to heel properly. It's called the "red light, green light" technique.
The idea behind this technique is that your dog must follow your lead as you walk. Start by walking with your dog on a leash in a quiet area with no distractions. Begin walking normally and give the "green light" command to start moving. If your dog starts to pull, stop suddenly and give the "red light" command to stop. Wait until your dog returns to the proper position and then give the "green light" command again to continue walking.
This technique teaches your dog to walk with you rather than dragging you along on the leash. I found it to be very effective and it helped teach the dog to focus on me, which is crucial when trying to get them to heel properly.
It's important to keep the sessions short at first and gradually increase them as your dog progresses. Always praise your dog when they do well and reward them with a high-value treat like chicken or cheese occasionally.
In conclusion, the "red light, green light" technique is a great way to teach your Doberman to follow your lead and walk by your side. With patience, consistency, and praise, your furry friend will soon be walking like a pro!