This is not a natural behavior for animals. We’ll build YOUR skills in layers.
Naturally there exists loads of conflict when we set out to walk with an animal. First, being trapped on a leash is unnatural and inherently stressful for any animal (dog, cat, horse). We must condition like of this experience.
Second, we have vastly different agendas and needs when walking.
A dog prefers to follow his nose. More specifically he prefers to follow scent. Circuitous routes are no problem to the dog if that’s where the scent takes him. A dog’s path will zig and zag, circle this way and that and also circle back. If he’s hot on the trail he might pick up his pace. Othertimes he’ll slow his pace or stop altogether in order to get a better read. Stops vary in duration. Some scents are worthy of a long stop and thorough examination. Others not so much, a brief sniff then back in motion.
Compare this to humans whose path is dictated by cement or gravel. We follow sidewalks, roads, trails. Rarely do we zig and zag or move in circuitous manner. We instead move in a linear, forward manner, point A to B. We also prefer to move at a fixed pace stopping only to tie our shoe.
No wonder there’s chaos & conflict when we first connect ourselves to an animal and attempt to walk together. Animals must surely find our walking preferences strange and boring!
Our goal is to create value & harmony in all aspects of connected walking.
We also want to condition calm energy. Back-flips, jumping up, and barking in over-arousal when a leash is presented is undesired yet many humans inadvertently create chaos. “Ready for walkies?!?!” “Who wants to go for a walk!?!” Not an ideal way to begin a leash walk. No wonder the dog pulls and human shoulders are strained.