Training a Pulling Dog on the Leash

The problem of dog leash pulling can be approached in a variety of ways. Similarly to showing your dog how to "heel," the "loose leash" method is less strenuous for the dog. The idea is to let your dog have a little freedom to smell and explore while walking behind or near you. The dog ought to have enough leash to go about, but never tug in any direction. You and your dog will be able to enjoy spending time strolling outside together thanks to this compromise. Always use plenty of positive reinforcement when training your dog. This is crucial. When your dog displays the required behaviors, pats, supportive words, or treats are all excellent ways to show your appreciation.

1 - Select the Ideal Collar or Leash for Your Dog


For your safety as well as your dog's, you should always walk your dog on a leash. For this method, a six-foot leash should be sufficient to restrain your dog while also giving them a bit of movement. You should do some study to determine which is ideal for your dog—a collar or a harness—as there are advantages and disadvantages to both and a wide range of alternatives in each category based on the breed, temperament, and medical concerns of your dog. On dogs, prong collars or choke chains are never appropriate. There is a chance of serious esophageal, tracheal, and neck damage.

2 - Use a harness that is chest-led.


A harness will help avoid tugging by allowing the leash to be attached to a clip on the dog's chest rather than to the collar over his neck. Use it along with your dog's regular collar to ensure that he always has identification on when you're outside.

3 - Do not reward inappropriate behavior.


When your dog starts to pull, resist the urge to yell at him or yank out the leash to get rid of him. Instead, remain still for a while the next time he starts to pull. Wait until he goes back your way and lets out a little of the leash before starting to walk again.

4 - Be unexpected.

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Another successful strategy is to change course whenever he starts to pull. Say "let's go" or "this way" as you come to a stop and start moving in the opposite direction. When your dog complies with your request and comes to stand by your side, praise him.

5 - Add stops for smells to your itinerary.


While maintaining excellent leash manners is crucial, be sure to mark a few smelly locations along the route when your dog is permitted to pause, sniff, and make his mark. In addition to rewarding him for his good behavior, this is a fantastic method to stimulate his mind as he processes all the scents he inhales.

6 - Reward good conduct.


Use little treats to encourage your dog's development while you work on leash training. He'll quickly learn that having a leash is yummy and fun! As he behaves better while being led, gradually cut back on the treats you offer him, but do not skimp on the compliments.

7 - Be patient above all else.


It can be annoying to have to keep stopping, turning around, and watching your dog's progress continuously. As crucial as the tools you use, the incentives you offer, and the regularity of your training are, ensuring that you're in the appropriate frame of mind before you go. Fortunately, you may enjoy taking regular walks just as much as your dog does if you have patience and persistence. Both people and dogs can benefit positively from walking on a physical, emotional, and mental level. Happiness is contagious and beneficial to everyone.

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