Frequently clients contact me about their struggle to resolve their dog’s bad behavior when the dog is outside on leash. I can relate to wanting a quick fix to a badly behaved dog. I have even struggled with Karma in the past, and more recently with Bollywood. The picture attached shows what a character Bolly can be occasionally on leash when I am asking him to hold a down/stay. He is still a puppy...but we work together daily to reinforce the importance of following my commands.
The simple answer is to work with the dog on “place” and long durations of “down/stay” inside the home. If you do not have a calmly behaved dog inside your home, outside of your home will be a complete disaster.
If you have been really struggling with your dog’s basic obedience outside, it is time to stay home and start at the beginning. A solid foundation of “place”, “down/stay”, “sit/stay”, crate training, waiting for food, and waiting at all thresholds, is required to achieve a calm state of mind. Then, when the dog is completely solid on all of those commands on leash indoors, you can begin training outside. Following that simple training plan will set both you and your dog up for success.