Always make sure that your dog is in a calm submissive state before you even attempt to leave the house. Remember the energy the dog leaves the house with will continue throughout your walk together.
You should be able to walk around the house with the dogs lead and not have him leaping all over you, just because you pick up his lead it does not mean that you have to go for a walk.
Dogs get to know the routine even down to the shoes you wear for dog walking so it’s always good to practice getting ready and then unready so that the dog never thinks it always revolves around him.
Your dog should sit calmly while his lead is placed on and not move until given the next command to move with you.
As you move towards the door yours and the dog’s energy should be steady and calm, the dog should always be slightly behind you as you move forward. This means that you are in the leadership position not the dog. Never allow the dog to get in front or pull you through an opening. REMEMBER YOU MAKE THE RULES NOT HIM!!
Vary your walks if you do the same walk each day at the same time this can create a dog that expects his walk at that exact time and becomes a nuisance having such a strict routine. Your dog’s life should revolve around you not yours around the dog.
Go to varied places doing the same walk each day sometimes is not enough stimulation for the dogs’ mind they are inquisitive creatures and like new experiences and new smells. They can also become sometimes over confident in the fact that they know every twist and turn on the walk, who they will meet and are more likely to ignore recalls when playing with other dogs.
Call your dog back frequently and reward him with a game or a treat, reattach his lead walk for a few minutes and then release him again this should be done several times throughout the walk your dog then never knows when the end of the walk is so never sees the lead as the end of his fun. If you use this technique you should not have a dog that will not return to you at the end of the walk. Always try to make the end of your walk in a different place not just at the entrance of the park or woods your dog will then never know if he is going to be released again or not.