Leash training can be exhausting whether we’re talking about an adult dog or a puppy. How to teach my dog to stop pulling on the leash will be discussed briefly between adults and puppies.
We’re always up to the challenge, and today, we will discuss something a lot of people are having a hard time with leash training.
Before I begin, I’d like to emphasize the importance of keeping all dogs on a leash when out in public. Some may want to try what I’m going to describe in the hopes of getting the same outcomes, but please be cautious or better yet, don’t try it. I was able to accomplish it because I have a thorough understanding of my pets.
Why do dogs pull?
The reason dogs are pulling is simple. They are curious about their surroundings: the sights, the scents and the objects in their environment and want to ‘check them out. You will need to teach your dog to respect you and slow down when you are walking him.
Dogs have been domesticated for centuries and are now considered man’s best friend. But sometimes, our furry friends don’t seem to understand that we humans need to walk at a certain pace, and they insist on pulling us along on the leash.
The main objective is your dog gets what he wants when pulling and also they don’t realize you are more important on a walk than sniffing around.
As long as they pull and you follow, they will continue to pull on the leash anytime, anywhere
For dog owners who experienced pulling on leach suddenly, It’s either you are usually scared or tensed up during regular walks and she can feel the negative energy from you, or there must be something you did or encouraged her in the recent past that started the behaviour.
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How To Teach Your Dog To Stop Pulling On the Leash
Pulling on the leash is one of the most prevalent issues that dog owners confront. This can be a very aggravating condition, especially if you’re attempting to take a relaxing walk with your pet.
The good news is that you can train your dog to stop pulling on the leash by following a few simple steps.
One of the most effective ways to educate your dog not to pull on the leash is to teach them to walk alongside you without tugging. Treats can be used as a kind of positive reinforcement for this.
Give your dog a treat every time he or she walks alongside you without pulling. They’ll eventually figure out that walking beside you earns them a reward, and they’ll start doing it more frequently.
A head collar is another excellent approach to teaching your dog not to pull on the leash. A head collar is a form of collar that wraps around your dog’s muzzle and head instead of around their neck.
This style of the collar allows you to have more control over your dog’s mobility while also keeping them from pulling on the leash.
Extra Tips/Technique to stop Your dog from Pulling Leash
Follow these three tips for proper results:
- Minimize the pull
- Teach your dog to respond to you
- Give your dog enough motivation
Minimize The Pull
When your dog pulls on the leash, it can be frustrating and even dangerous. But there are some things you can do to minimize the pulling and make walks more enjoyable for both of you.
One way to reduce pulling is to use a harness instead of a collar. A harness puts less strain on your dog’s neck and is more comfortable for them to wear. It also gives you more control over their movement.
Finally, be sure you’re not encouraging your dog to pull by accident. If you start walking while they are pulling, for example, they will believe that’s what you want them to do.
Instead, wait until they are seated or standing stationary before starting to walk. If they begin to pull, stop walking and stand motionless until they stop tugging, then sit or stand calmly once again.
Teach Your Dog To Respond To You
Funny me, it’s easier said than done. Let me share with you my little story with my dog BIG BOY(A male german shepherd).
Sometimes you have to think outside the box and creatively find a solution to problems with your dog. What would seem very easy with one dog could be near impossible and even dangerous with another dog, as can be seen between all my dogs.
With BIG BOY, I planned to begin our leashless walks late at night, when there was little or no one on the streets, and work our way up to walking earlier in the day, when there were more and more people on the streets.
So for every night for the first week, at exactly midnight when there would be no one and no cars on the roads, we would set off on our walk and walk around the entire estate, no leash. (I live in a gated estate so I was not really bothered about personal security being out at that time, and besides I was out with a dog that was looking for who to attack so it was more of a risk to any would-be mugger).
Each nightly session was for 2 hours (8 pm to 10 pm). My emphasis for the first hour was on ensuring he was right by my left side at all times during the walk. Absolutely no straying, no lagging behind, no going ahead, no sniffing or inspecting stuff. Nothing. Just remain beside me, no matter what I do.
The emphasis for the second hour was on working on the recall (getting him to come to me at once when I call no matter what is happening around or what he is doing).
So you can do the same, I have BIG BOY who walks off-leash without attending to anyone while on our walks.
Give Your Dog Enough Motivation
On how to teach my dog to stop pulling on the leash I needed to motivate him to stop pulling on the leash.
REPEAT AFTER ME:
Reward good behaviour with positive motivation while bad behaviour with negative motivation
I said to give more motivation for good behaviours not everything is about treats. Sometimes all you need is a “Yes, good boy” followed by a nice rub on his body parts.
Remember it will take time, energy, patience and effort, from both you and your dog, but eventually, you will both learn to do it. While leash training can be challenging, it can be very fun, it all depends on how you look at it.
Be positive, and have a good attitude about it. If you tend to get annoyed fast, maybe you should ask someone to help, there’s no shame in that!
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