Pulling On Lead

Dogs pull for a number of reasons, from anticipation to fear. Teaching a dog to walk on a loose lead is essential, if you want to be able to enjoy walking with your dog. Loose lead walking is about getting the dog to pay attention to you. Basically, if your dog pulls it’s because they are confused as to who is really in control.

Here’s how to get your dog to walk beside you:

  • Start on a normal walk, at a slow pace.
  • If you run or jog with a puller you are encouraging them to pull.
  • Whenever the dog starts to pull, immediately stop. Hold the leash firmly, but do not try and pull the dog back to you.
  • When your dog turns his head to look at you, give a hearty “WELL DONE” then move forward and keep on walking. Every now and again when this happens give them a treat as well as the well done. This is called yielding to the leash.
  • Do not try to take long walks with this method. Your dog will soon become restless, get tired or just get bored with this training.
  • After about a month of taking walks like this, your dog will no longer be taking you for a walk! It takes time to undo the habit, but you can replace one with another.
  • Your might think that’ll never work. The only reason a dog pulls is to try and get you to move faster. This can be motivated by anything from excitement to fear. However, when the dog tries to get you to move faster and the result is stopping altogether, the dog will quickly understand that you are in control of the walks. You determine the time, place and speed. Once the dog has established this, it will no longer pull.