I am amazed at the amount of people I see out and about walking dogs who are a horror on the leash.
I realise there are many scenarios of why this may be; take Zed for example. A dog who came to us as an adult; never trained to 'heel'; so therefore needed to be taught how.
But it's just that it has been years since I've seen a dog out in the general public going for a walk with it's owner who has not been pulling, tugging, lunging, playing up etc etc...
Why is this? The first thing any young puppy should learn when being purchased as a family pet/companion dog is how to heel nicely:
* Dog's shoulder perfectly aligned with your left thigh.
* Lead loose and held across the front of your body into your right hand.
* Dog knows to stop when you stop and preferably to sit immediately you've halted, particularly at crossings and kerbs.
* Dog knows to turn with you, left, right, in perfect unison with owner.
So is it just me and what I'm seeing, or are others noticing a massive decline in dogs who are trained to heel correctly?