A pulling dog is not only annoying, he's dangerous! You'll be the laughing stock of the neighborhood as people watch your pup drag you down the street, and it's likely to do some damage to your arm, shoulder and back. Learning how to stop a dog from pulling will take a bit of time, but it will certainly be worth the effort in the long run.
When doing anything with your pet, you need to remember one important thing that applies to all canines: dogs do what works for them.
If your pup pulls on his leash and you follow him to where he wants to go, he's going to continue to pull because he thinks that it will get him to where he wants to go. This idea will be the basis of learning how to stop a dog from pulling.
For dogs that pull a lot, canine experts recommend simply switching to using the best no pull dog harness instead of a regular leash. But in this article and the above video I'm going to give you a few more tips on how to deal with dog leash pulling and stop your pet from doing that.
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How To Stop A Dog From Pulling on Leash
Most dog training procedures are lengthy and incorporate many complex steps. You need to start off slowly and increase the training very gradually. Learning how to stop a dog from pulling is a very simple process.
Although it's simple, it requires a lot of time and patience. Of course, the training will vary depending on your dog. Some dogs will catch on more quickly than others.
As I explain in the step-by-step video above, the first thing you'll need to do is observe why your dog is pulling.
If you just have a hyperactive pup that gets overly excited when out for a walk, learning how to stop a dog from pulling is something that you can do on your own.
If your dog becomes aggressive when on a leash (and only when on a leash) you should consider working with a professional dog trainer.
Leash aggression is a very dangerous behavior. It's a fairly common behavior, and it's pretty easy to spot. If your dog is well tempered when off a leash yet turns into Cujo the second you hook up his lead, it's a sure sign of leash aggression.
If your dog pulls on his leash because he's just overly excited, there's a simple solution that can. You just need to make sure you're ready to commit to this training 100%. As I explain in my video, your dog is going to get mixed signals if you give in – even just once in a while.
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How to stop a dog from pulling
The concept is quite simple. Your Fido pulls on the dog leash to get what he wants. He wants to go sniff a different area, see a dog that's across the park or just explore in a different direction. He pulls because he thinks it will get him what he wants.
Learning how to stop a dog from pulling means not giving him what he wants.
When your dog begins to pull on the leash, you need to STOP. Don't let him drag you a few feet before you stop (although sometimes that can't be helped if you have an extra large breed). As soon as the leash is pulled tight and you feel pressure on your hand, stop, and then continue walking in a different direction when your dog releases the tension on the leash.
You need to do this every single time your dog pulls. If he gets away with it sometimes, even just once in a while, he's going to continue to think that it will get him what he wants.
Being consistent is the only way that you will be able to learn how to stop a dog from pulling. Every time your pooch pulls, you stop and change direction. When you're first beginning, you may need to start indoors, especially if your dog gets excited the second you head for the door.
When he learns to control the urge to pull inside, you can begin taking him outside. Remember, as with any type of dog training you need to remove as many distractions as possible in the beginning and start with baby steps.
When the leash becomes tight and you feel the pressure of your pet pulling, immediately stop. When you feel slack on the leash you can continue in a different direction. In the beginning, you may need to call your dog back over to you to get him to release the tension on the leash.
Whether you need to call him or he walks back to you on his on, praise him and show him affection.
Showing the dog that he will not get what he wants by pulling and then rewarding him for coming back near you, will show him what he is expected to do when on the leash. As I state in my video guide, this will take some time, but it will be well worth it.
Your dog will probably figure out very quickly that he won't get his way if he pulls on the leash all the time. However, it may take quite a while for the habit to be broken all together.
Begin in your own yard with minimal distractions. Once your dog can walk nicely without pulling, bring out other family members or pets that will entice your pup to pull. Continue showing him that pulling on the leash will not get him what he wants.
As I said, it's likely that he'll still try to pull when something is very exciting. For example, the first few times you bring him to a public place will probably too much excitement to bear.
Just remember that consistency is key. No matter where you are or how short you are on time, you need to stop as soon as your pet starts to pull. You must remember that you are the alpha. You are in control, not your dog.
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