Teach your dog the foundation of loose leash walking!
The Leash Bubble Game teaches your dog that being anywhere inside the “bubble” created by the leash is a good place to be. This is important -- because when you only focus on teaching your dog to “heel,” you’re usually creating an all-or-nothing situation where they can walk next to you on cue or when you’re holding treats, but then on the rest of the walk they’re back to dragging at the very end of their leash.
You are also setting up your dog to practice the important skills of disengaging from their environment, and choosing to follow and stay close to you -- which are not only the key components of loose leash walking, but really, everything else.
You’ll need some motivating treats. I recommend using small pieces of something smelly and easy to toss. Ideally your dog should be wearing a harness with a leash attached. I recommend starting with a long leash if you have one.
Time to take the show on the road! You’ll be using the same supplies as in Level 1, but in an environment where you might normally take a walk. It’s best to start with a place with minimal distractions, like a quiet path in the park.