Having your dog pull on the leash is perhaps one of the most annoying of all behavior problems experienced by dog owners – it makes walks an absolute nightmare when your dog is inclined to pull you every which way, and a lot of people even give up walking their dog altogether because it’s simply too much of a hassle.
Needless to say, that is not what you want – leaving your dog at home without any exercise is bound to result in more serious behavior problems down the line and it goes without mentioning how much enjoyment you will be missing through not being able to partake in what should be you and your dog’s favorite time spent together.
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- Guidelines For Training Your Dog Not To Pull
- Training Your Dog With The Stop-Start Walking Method
- Training Your Dog With The Random Walking Method
- Using Aids To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Leash
So you know you need to fix it – but how do you actually stop your dog pulling on the leash? Despite how annoying the problem is it’s surprisingly simple to solve. In fact, with the correct training methods you can be well on the way to stopping your dog’s pulling on the leash within one training session.
Training your dog the appropriate way to behave on the leash is the preferable way to go about it, though there are also specialized dog training devices such as no-pull harnesses that can assist you in training your dog not to pull.
Just remember that there will be always some dependence on training devices if you use only them – think about what happens when you don’t have them with you to make your dog behave. Will they still behave correctly? Chances are they won’t all the time, so it’s a good idea to at least attempt some training to correct the problem. That way you’ll always be able to control your dog, even without the help of a special training collar, and you’ll allow them to have much more freedom as a result.
Before you go about training your dog not to pull, you should be aware of why they start to pull on the leash in the first place. In some cases it happens because of excitement – your dog is just so thrilled to be outside that they are simply unable to contain themselves. Most of the time – and dog owners won’t be excited to hear this – it means that your dog thinks they are leading the way. They don’t accept your leadership and they feel like they can tell you where to go and you will follow. Obviously, things should be the other way around.
Fixing this with a little training is therefore quite simple – you need to make it very clear to your dog that you are the one that is deciding which direction the two of you walk in. This may come as a bit of a shock for your dog, and be quite hard for them to accept, but for a healthy relationship between the two of you it’s just what has to be done.
With a little patience and consistent training you will surprise yourself at how easy it is to be experiencing struggle-free walks with your dog – and walking the dog will be something you actually look forward to, rather than an event that comes with a sense of dread.