Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Southern California
I start pet walk dogs like this. I have a specific start cue and ending cue so the dog knows exactly when he is expected to hold the position and when it he is done and is free to leave. If you want more pep to it you can reward on progressively longer stretches of dog holding the correct position, but for an ordinary pet where you just want a calm walk you do a lot less rewarding. The reward frequency has more to do with the level of drive you want out of them during the behavior and less to do with driving the actual behavior itself as the negative reinforcement takes care of that. The dog doesn't know the behavior it is simply responding to his input.
At some point as the dog becomes better at the behavior and understands the position I start to fade little help corrections and they start to become harder corrections for screwing up or non compliance. This will be what eventually fades the need for the constant needing to do little input corrections. If you always operate a loose leash except when the dog is doing something you want to change especially if you start them like that from a puppy you can do it on flat collars or slip collars from the get go and never have to worry about prongs or anything like that. Using proper pressure and release techniques like that a dog will never learn to pull if you are consistent and it never becomes a big issue. If you don't reward pulling or always tight line a dog and take away all incentive to yield to leash pressure dogs just give into the leash easily.
You will walk when it is time to walk