Essential Tips For Training Your Dog
Not To Pull Leash

Training your dog not to pull leash is one of the best things you can do for your pet if you keep on experiencing or shouting...


These words, more than any other, occupy the vocabulary of dog owners whose dogs pull and tag at their leash during outings. Pulling at the leash is a common misbehavior (boredom, excitement or dominant behavior) exhibited naturally by nearly all untrained dogs. Although it may seem like only a minor inconvenience, a dog consistently pulling on their leash can lead to bigger problems. You may get injured or, worse yet, your pet may escape and run into thick traffic. Training your dog not to pull leash will put an end to all this and save you any unnecessary trouble.

A dog that pulls at their leash may also have mistakenly concluded that he or she, and not you, is the leader of the pack, and therefore can lead the walk. Repositioning this hierarchy or teaching your dog basic commands such as "Sit" or "Stay", is a fundamental priority when training your dog not to pull leash.

Essential Tips For Training Your Dog Not To Pull Leash:

  • Training your dog not to pull leash should start indoors first as outdoor can be very distracting. After your dog has shown considerably behavior to basic obedience commands, you can slowly try busier locations.
  • You might also want to let your dog sit around for a few minutes before you take him or her on a walk. If your dog gets excited and starts jumping around and slobbering at the mere sight of the leash or collar, then he or she is going to act exactly the same when taken for a walk. Letting your dog release this excitement, and then fitting him or her for their leash or collar, will be beneficial during the walk, since your dog will no longer be so jittery and, instead, will be calm and restrained while on the leash.
  • Try not to let your arms go forward when your dog pulls as your dog will assume he or she can get more lead by pulling. Also do not INSTINCTIVELY pull back when your dog pull on the leash. This is the wrong approach as your dog will not understand what you are trying to do. Instead keep your arms close to your body, stop walking and give a stern command like "Sit" or "Stay". Alternatively, you can also turn and walk in the opposite direction suddenly, thereby ensuring your dog follows you.
  • In the event that your dog is pulling and chasing another person or animal, do not TENSE UP and pull the leash or collar as this will cause most dogs to turn aggressive. Instead distract your dog away from what he or she is looking with it's favorite toy or treats. Reinforce with praises when your dog shows good behavior.
  • Reward your dog often for good behavior. When training your dog not to pull leash, bring a few snacks with you and give them out whenever your dog exhibits desirable behavior. Do not under any circumstances, however, give your dog a treat when their behavior is undesirable. Doing so will only reinforce negative behavior, confuse your dog, and lead to results that you are unhappy with.

When your dog has been trained not to pull on their leash, you will no longer have to worry about being overtaken by your canine’s strength and having him or her dart off into traffic or harass an unsuspecting individual. The words “No” and “Stop” will gradually fall out of your vocabulary too and you will learn new ones like, “Good boy!” or “That a girl!”

Very soon, you will realize how training your dog not to pull leash can help you have a thoroughly enjoyable experience walking your dog.

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