When I get my puppy I will need to purchase a leash. When training, do you give the leash a gentle yank when you want to change a behavior? i am not phrasing this very well I just can't think of how best to ask the question.
Like for example, if he wants to go in a direction that is dangerous, like maybe run out into the street, should I like give the leash a genntle yank and make him return to me, praise, etc?
I hope this comes across like I mean for it to...
Yes, in very simplistic terms you are correct. A firm and not to harsh a tug is what is needed. The correction is in the snap and release.
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So far with Ender I've not had to do THAT much jerking the leash... of course we haven't entered teenager phase yet.
What I do is PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE anytime he does anything I like. If he looks at me "GOOD Ender Watch me!! GOOOD WATCH ME" If he walks by me... "GOOOD HEEl Ender!" ... If he walks behind/infront but not pulling "GOOD WALK NICE!!"
The #1 problem I had was him picking up every stick on the sidewalk and eating it. With quite a few times grabbing it out of his mouth... he learned drop... with a couple of pops of the leash when he was going for a stick, he learned "Leave it" Well.. sort of... it's not 100%. But now I only need to grab his mouth and remove sticks 5% of the time. ;D
Also, at 8 weeks your puppy is going to need time to adjust to the leash etc... so I don't think I'd be "correcting" him with a pop or tug right away.
Thanks...I just want to do right by him...want trust and obedience not fear!