Whether it be kicking the smoking habit, losing a few pounds, or teaching our dog not to pull but to walk nicely, the fewer times we relapse to an old behavior the faster our new good habits become permanent!
Great news! I will only ask you to practice two to three times per day for no more than thirty minutes. And since it is termed, most people find twice per day is totally do-able.
But, since old habits need to be replaced with new ones, it is important to prevent your dog from doing old behaviors at all! And this makes perfect sense when you think from your dogs point of view where he will become confused wondering why it is sometimes okay to pull and lead you and other times it is not. This keeps the old behavior alive as a “maybe I will get to…”
So for the time being, any time on leash should be training walks with the exception of “free” time on leash for potty breaks and playing off-leash in the house, yard or park and so-on. Feel free to run your dog around in free time or play with him, but if you are unable to train, it is preferred you don’t walk your dog while trailing along behind him or allowing him to pull.
Remember: Repetition and consistent routines are the keys to your success!