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How To Stop Dogs Pulling On The Leash

By Edited Sep 18, 2016 2 5

To Stop Dogs Pulling Takes Patience

The main reason our dogs pull us along when allowed is, they can walk at lot faster than we can. So it's down to us to teach them this it not acceptable when on a leash , so how do we this? Well its very simple no need for gadgets or the latest anti dog pulling shock harness or what ever the latest device maybe, the secret to stopping you dog pulling on his lead is patience, timing and his favourite tasty treats.

What not to do
when you practice this method the last thing you should do is "check the leash" (pull back on the leash) If you keep checking the leash all your dog will learn is,to go forward he has to pull

pulling on the leash
harder so unless you want to spend the rest of his life walking round with your arm being pulled from its socket stop this action. In a dogs mind when he pulls you along he is getting rewarded for his efforts of pulling, we need to change this behavior.

what to do

When he loses attention and when you first start to practise this he will and the leash starts to go tight again stop walking without any warning, wait for your dog to give you his attention again and reward him for it the key is reward the desired behavior in this case his attention and ignore his pulling.First stand still stay quiet till your dog stops trying to pull you, when he does praise him give him a treat, take a few steps forward as soon as the lead goes tight again stop say nothing,  wait till your dog stops pulling again and turns to see whats happened to you praise him and give him a treat for giving you his attention. Encourage your dog back to the "heel" position at your side if needs be take a few steps backwards. while your dog remains at your side when walking continually praise him a feed him those tasty reward treats, make being by your side when walking, the best place in the world.

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Your dog is not going to learn this over night in fact the first few sessions will be painfully slow, especially if your dogs been pulling you around for a few years but don't quit after a couple of sessions you will start to see some improvement. One tip to help is before you practice walking on the leash. Take your dog somewhere where he can run off some energy play fetch for half hour do something to get rid of his initial excitement then practise walking on the leash.


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To stop dogs pulling on the leash takes patience it really can be a frustrating time for you and your dog but do not quit he will learn. Do not shout or otherwise punish your dog. When he does pull you remember to ignore the behavior you don't want (pulling) and reward the behavior you do (his attention) and keep practising it may take 2 to 3 weeks for your dog to be a model leash walker but that is a very short time over the course of his life



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Mar 30, 2013 6:03am
Good advice, there is nothing worse that being dragged along by your dog. We trained our blue heeler to heel. But after having a bad tooth out he changed. He became very nervy and used to shake and tremble in the vehicle. This was not good because we do a lot of traveling every year.

It got to the stage that he would actually get scared if a vehicle passed us while walking and he would actually bolt. He appeared to get super strength and could pull either of us over.(my husband is not small but still could not always stop him). We would make him sit and talk to him. Sometimes this worked although many times the stress got to both of us and in the end when we travel we now give him 1/4 of a tablet. It depends on mg of tabs. But this slowed him down so that we could control him.
I do not like the idea of giving him drugs. But his and our comfort had to be considered. We could not find any one thing that would set him off. He would be great then all of a sudden something triggered a sudden burst of panic. We trained him as a pup with treats and even 12 years later still does little jobs and loves to carry and get things for us.for a treat of course.rated up.
Apr 1, 2013 5:18pm
Hey Eileen, it may or may not work but some people have a lot of success with "Rescue Remedy" as a natural alternative instead of drugs for such nervous behaviour...have you tried? I've had a kind of 50/50 result depending on the dog. Have you tried it?
Mar 30, 2013 9:06am
That's terrible to hear about your blue healer, it can be amazing that having something as simple as a tooth out can bring about such a psychological effect it goes to show they are complex creatures .Thanks for the comment
Apr 1, 2013 5:10pm
Your technique to stop pulling on the lead, is also how I have trained my Toy Poodle. The first few days feel like they test our patience more than our dog...It feels painfully slow going, but it certainly works. Amusing for every watching us walk and keep stopping :-)
Apr 2, 2013 2:10am
Hi there chopsooy thanks for stopping by and reading ...Everybody i have trained says pretty much the same as you, when it comes to stopping a dog pulling but the secret as i'm sure you found out is patients nothing more. No need for prong collars or any type of device just good old patients:-)
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