Teaching loose leash walking to a reactive Labrador puppy with only one word

Welcome to my latest blog post, where I’ll be sharing with you an innovative technique to teach loose leash walking to your reactive Labrador puppy using only one word. As a dog owner, you know how crucial leash training is for your pup’s safety and well-being. However, for a reactive puppy, this task can seem daunting and overwhelming. But fret not, with this training technique, you’ll be on the path to success in no time – with just one simple word at your disposal! Keep on reading to learn more.

Teaching Loose Leash Walking to a Reactive Labrador Puppy with Only One Word


Walking on a leash can be difficult for both the dog and their guardian, particularly when dealing with a reactive puppy. As dog trainers often say, loose leash walking can take time and practice. However, there is one word that can help turn things around – “Look”. This article will explore how to teach a Labrador puppy attentive loose leash manners with only one word.

What does “Look” mean?

“Look” is a training command that involves teaching your pup to maintain communication with their guardian and prevent pulling. It can also mean to look at the handler. It is a versatile skill, which can teach your puppy to pay attention to you while walking and to prevent them from pulling. The use of “Look” will also help avoid injuries to your shoulders, caused by sudden pulling and tugging.

How to Teach Loose Leash Walking

Teaching your puppy to walk on a loose leash requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Here are the steps to teach your Labrador puppy loose leash walking using “Look”:

Step 1: Start in a Safe, Quiet Area

Begin in a quiet area where there are no distractions. Choose a location where your puppy feels comfortable, like a fenced backyard, or a quiet path, away from other dogs and noises.

Step 2: Teach “Look”

Start by holding a treat at the height of your puppy’s nose. As you hold the treat, say the word “Look”. As soon as your puppy makes eye contact with you, use a clicker to mark the behavior and give them the treat. Repeat this process, gradually increasing the time your puppy maintains eye contact with you.

Step 3: Use “Look” While Walking

With the same treat in hand, begin walking slowly. As your puppy begins to walk, say “Look”. When they glance at you, click, and treat. Through repetition, your puppy will associate “Look” with the treats and begin to look at you whenever they hear the command.

Step 4: Reinforce Good Behavior

Whenever your puppy walks closer to you or maintains eye contact while walking, offer positive reinforcements such as verbal praise, petting, or an occasional treat. This will help your puppy associate being close to you with rewards.

Step 5: Use “Look” to Prevent Pulling

If your puppy starts to pull, use the command “Look” to redirect their attention back to you. Immediately reward your puppy when they look at you, even if it’s just for a moment. This will prevent pulling before it starts.

Benefits of Teaching “Look”

There are many benefits to teaching your puppy to respond to “Look”. This skill can be used for working through reactivity, practicing off-leash skills, and learning “leave it”. Here are some of the key benefits of teaching your puppy to “Look”:

  1. Prevents pulling before it starts.
  2. Saves time and hassle that comes with reacting to the puppy’s bad behavior.
  3. Helps to associate being close with rewards.
  4. Helps to maintain communication between dog and guardian.
  5. Can be used as a versatile skill for working through reactivity, learning “leave it”, and practicing off-leash skills.


Teaching your Labrador puppy loose leash walking using only one word – “Look” – can be an effective way to prevent pulling, save time, and build a stronger bond between you and your pup. It’s important to note that every puppy is different, and some may require more time and practice than others. However, with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, this skill can be easily mastered.


  1. Can “Look” be used to train a reactive dog?
    Yes, “Look” is the perfect command for reactive dogs. It helps keep them focused, maintain communication, and prevent bad behavior.

  2. Is it possible to train a puppy to walk on a loose leash with “Look” in a noisy environment?
    No, it is best to begin teaching “Look” in a quiet environment, where there are no distractions. Once your puppy has mastered “Look,” you can then gradually introduce them to more challenging environments, with more distractions.

  3. Does “Look” work for all breeds of dogs?
    Yes, “Look” is a versatile command that can be used for all breeds of dogs, regardless of their size, age, and training level.

  4. How long does it take to train a Lab puppy to walk on a loose leash using “Look”?
    Every puppy is different, and some may require more time and practice than others. Generally, it takes about a week of consistent training to teach a Lab puppy to walk on a loose leash using “Look.”

  5. Can “Look” be used to teach other commands?
    Yes, “Look” is a versatile skill that can be used to teach other commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come.”