Teaching an Aggressive Dog to Leash Walk | Dog: Impossible


First, I want to see
what a normal walk is like. OK.
All right. Come on, guys. MATT BEISNER: Today I’m back
at Moneypenny and JB’s home. According to her parents,
Moneypenny’s aggression really comes out when she’s
on leash out in the world. So today we’re going
to work on walking. They’ve always
been on harnesses? Mhm. OK. Right now she’s just
in sled-dog mode. Yeah. Is that pretty normal? Yeah. OK. With the harness, Moneypenny,
for example, can lean into it. Mhm. And so every step she
takes while she’s leaning into it reinforces that
the way to get things is by being impulsive. And by the time you get to a
dog meeting with this attitude, it’s a 50-50 how
it’s going to go. So I want to give
you something that’s going to help just set up a
cleaner experience on the walk. This is called a
martingale collar. It’s a self-correcting collar. What’s different about
this is when they pull, it will tighten. And when they relax,
it will loosen. So I want you to work
a lot less and let them start to figure it out. There we go, sugar. We’re going to start
with walking 101. The walk is all about
the relationship. If I just take the
slack up on the leash, I start to give the dog
a visceral understanding that we’re doing this together. This is not so that
I can be in control. This is so we can
be in connection. I hold it in a way
that my hand is firm, but my arm can stay relaxed. I’m going to walk
with Moneypenny. And every time she
pulls, I will stop. As soon as she gives me
slack on the leash, I’ll say, “Good girl.” And then we’ll start moving. And she’s going to begin
to learn that when I pull, I don’t get what I want. When I relax, I get what I want. OK. You two, stay there. [music playing] [humming] Oh, you’re such a good dog. Look at what an amazing
dog you are, huh? You like walking with
somebody, don’t you? See how loose that is? Yeah. It is crazy. Moneypenny is so good on the
leash for Matt right away. If she could walk
like that with us, our life would be
totally different. There we go. There is a real pull. I stop. I don’t counter-pull. I don’t add tension. She adjusts. She relaxes.
I go. Good girl. Gorgeous. – Oh, my gosh.
– OK. That’s amazing. OK. Katie, I want you to walk her. Left side, right side,
doesn’t matter to me. Keep your arm long, and just
keep your hand where it is. There you go. Now look up, and breathe. And just walk easy. When the dogs pull, we stop. Only when they relax do we
praise them, and then we go. Now just feel it, Katie. Yep, relax that left arm. There you go. As soon as you feel any slack
on that, praise her, and go. OK, come on. Good girl. We want to catch it in
the first three seconds for the dog to
understand what it is that we’re trying to do here. OK. Good girl. Come on. How does that feel? So good!