I’ll teach you how to get your dog to stop pulling on the leash

Walking outdoors is frequently a high energy, high stimulus, extravaganza of scents, movement, sound, and sights, for a dog. Therefore, they are more likely to lose control and act out, than when they are at home. This usually occurs when our dog sees a person, squirrel, cat, or some other trigger. Instinctually, he wants to chase the squirrel and cat, or interact with the person. When our dog is prevented from chasing, all that excited energy must still go somewhere, so it may get redirected onto the leash.

The right kind of leash can make walking your dog more enjoyable for both of you. iStockphoto

As a trainer I can honestly declare that the most common behavior issue I am contacted to help resolve is pulling while walking on leash. Being able to walk with our dogs on leash is a basic, necessary skill, yet it can seem like the most difficult one to achieve.

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The following tips can help you to introduce a struggling puppy or dog to the leash: Great article thanks for the overview. I have a dog who constantly pulls! I will try the head collar. Any tips for running with your dog and what kind of leash to use then?

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A double dog walking leash is designed to assist with at the same time. It is made up of two leashes with one shared handle. Choose one with a rotating attachment that helps prevent the leashes from tangling. But be aware that dogs with different walking personalities (one who likes to greet people and one who is shy and prefers to hang back, for instance) may not do well on a shared leash. Additionally, a double dog leash is not recommended for dogs who are extreme pullers or otherwise difficult to handle.

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All dogs, regardless of size, age, or lifestyle, should be taught basic leash skills. You should be able to take your dog for a walk around the block or into a crowded veterinary office without having your legs wrapped up or your shoulder dislocated. Even a pint-sized pooch can take the fun out of a walk if he pulls, spins, and jerks you around, and good leash skills are also important for safety, both your dog’s and your own. When he is properly leash trained, your dog will walk steadily on one side of you with the leash slack. Like many other aspects of good training, teaching him to do this will require some time and effort, but the payoff is a dog who is a pleasure to walk.Historically trainers encouraged folks to act like a tree the moment their dog began to pull on the leash. This method does work nicely with puppies, but it just doesn't work for the adolescent or older dog who has learned to pull you around.Get your dog to walk without pulling! But how? We are masters at allowing our dogs to drag us down the street. The most asked question at obedience classes and private consultations is "how can I get my dog not to pull on his leash?"Your dog is on leash. You turn away from him and start walking. Your dog follows. As the dog catches up to you and is coming up next to you—maybe even makes eye contact—mark (click) and drop the treat next to your left foot. Don't keep moving and be sure the first few times that you let the dog know that you have food in your hand. Once he's finished his treat, start again. Show him the treat and then turn and take a few steps away from him, walk till he catches up, drop the treat next to you or a little behind.