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Mindful Moment with Mike: Training Your Dog

Posted at 7:51 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 08:51:23-04

TULSA — Have you run out of Netflix series to watch? Desperate for something to do while you're staying home 24/7?

2 Works for You's Mike Brooks says why not spend quality time with your dog and teach them a thing or two, because it's good for your peace of mind.

I was actually walking my own dog when this idea hit me.

So I went to the expert to get advice on how to get my dog, Lola, to walk without pulling me every where.

Turns out, you need a few tools before you can start training your dog to walk with a loose leash.

6:54 amy vaughan / spirit ranch dog training

"We say positive reinforcement when we first start training. These are tools so you can stay in control of your dog and get them to slow down and comprehend what you're wanting. For dogs that are smaller and people who don't want to deal with a gentle leader, there's the easy walk. This is opposite of your harness. Harnesses teach dogs to pull because they clip to the back of the back. So people will put harnesses on to teach them that they don't want them to pull. But what's happening is you're clipped to the back when they pull with their chest or their head," says Amy Vaughan with Spirit Ranch Dog Training. "A lot of people think a gentle leader is a muzzle, but it's not. It's a halter that goes around their nose like the halter to a horse. They're able to open their mouth. Eat. Drink. Anything like that. This is for very confident, strong-willed, powerful dogs. Put it on and I'm able to with one hand completely control what I want him to do. Again these are only tools to get their attention, to get them focused on you, so you can teach them."

You're going to need either one of those tools, a treat bag for treats, and a leash.

Next time we hear from Amy, we'll learn how to get your dog to always watch you, and then learn how to walk with a loose leash.

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