This dog training tip came from taking our dog Sydney to a dog agility class. In a fenced off area, where dogs were not allowed to mark, each person had his or her dog sit and watch while our instructor demonstrated how to teach “With Me.” Our instructor cued her dog through the course. I loved watching them work together.
We were told to practice this at home. The best place to work is in a hallway or a room with no other pets or people in it. This allows you both to tune into each other.
Teaching “With Me” makes you partners with your dog. Both of you need to walk together, within about three or four feet of each other. Your dog must stay beside you so he can see what directions you will give him and what direction you want to walk.
This command helps your dog learn to walk beside you off leash.
Get a dozen or so bean-sized treats, choose the kind that your dog loves.
Put the treats in an easy to pullout pouch or bag at your waist. Keep one treat in your hand.
- Use treats at first to keep his attention on you.
- When your dog starts following you for about 4 or 5 steps say, “Good” and give a treat.
- After a few days of teaching, just give a treat every other time he walks with you.
- If he gets tired, stop and go outside or rest.
- Everyday play “With me” and give treats when he follows you.
- Always praise when your dog does what you want.
Never drag your dog by his leash or collar. You could hurt him or get bitten.
Here is a link to a video on how to teach your dog to walk with you. http://www.ehow.com/video_2200205_train-dog-walk-leash.html
Does your dog follow you from room to room? Try playing “With Me” and see if he will walk by your side.