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Training Tips: Leash Pulling

When your dog pulls you down the street while on walks, not only is it difficult to walk and enjoy yourself, but it is embarrassing to be seen being yanked down the street by your dog!

NOTE: When a dog pulls on his/her leash, it could mean a few different things; however, it usually simply means that they have just never been taught how to walk properly on a leash and they are super excited to be out and about on a walk!

Usually when a dog pulls on the leash, the handler either just allows them to continue pulling them down the street, or they yank on the leash and get upset at the dog, etc. Instead of doing the fore mentioned, you can try something a little easier! Teach your dog to walk by your side, and not 4 feet in front of you with the leash and your arm stretched out as far as they can go!

TIP #1- Start off with a loose leash. In "loose", we do not mean that you should allow your dog to be walking in front of you (he should be by your side), but "loose" as in that there should be no tension on the leash. Your arm should be relaxed by your side. When your dog starts pulling forward on the leash, without getting upset and verbally addressing the dog, do a quick "snap" of the leash to get your dog's attention and immediately turn around and go back in the other direction for about 5 strides, then turn back around and continue to walk in the direction you were initially going. Your dog is pulling because he obviously wants to go FORWARD, so when he pulls on the leash and is then taken in the OTHER direction he will catch on that pulling does not get him where he wants to go. In fact, pulling will then be sending him in the exact direction he does not want to go! Once you turn back around and go in your initial direction, remember to keep your leash loose again. Repeat this process every time your dog pulls on the leash. Being consistent will show improvement!

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                                                                       PLEASE NOTE:                                                                                   We are not professional dog trainers and/or dog behaviorists. While we stand behind and use these methods, please use them at your own risk and understand that these methods are of our opinions and are merely suggestions to assist you in finding harmony with your K9 companions.