My dog ALWAYS pulls on his leash! How can I train him not to?
So, you’ve decided to take the dog on a leisurely afternoon stroll around the neighbourhood—relaxing, right? Not for much longer, because Charlie’s decided to take you on a walk of his own, pulling SO hard on his leash that you're stumbling over the pavement, praying that no one's around to see your awkward little sidewalk dance. The team at Stylish Hound know precisely what you're going through, so we've put together some tips for anyone wondering how to teach their dog to not pull on their leash.
Have you tried a front leading harness?
A no-pull harness is a wonderful investment for dog owners who are attempting to leash train their dogs. When our four-legged friends get overly excited or even anxious during a walk, one of their first instincts is to run forward quickly. If your dog isn’t wearing a properly fitted harness, the pulling can exert pressure onto your dog’s neck and cause pain or even breathing difficulties.
When you fit your dog with a no-pull harness, very light pressure is applied on the dog's chest to assist them in turning into you and following your lead. These harnesses put zero pressure on your dog's airways, meaning your pup will enjoy easy breathing and a full range of shoulder movement. These are easily the BEST dog harnesses on the market to stop pulling.
Whether you consider yourself a beginner or advanced dog walker, our easy training exercises offer easy solutions to leash train your dog and stop those pesky games of tug-of-war on the street.
Before you begin your walk, make sure you and your pooch are both comfortable! Decide whether you want your dog walking to the left or right side of you, and adjust your leash to your desired length for a relaxed or controlled hold.
Minimise distraction! Your dog may have difficulty focusing on your training if old mate Kenny from next door is firing up the lawnmower. A quiet, secluded area will set you up for success. Think about the training goals you want to achieve during this session and how you can reward and reinforce good behaviour.
The old saying goes that the way to man’s heart is through his stomach. But can the same be said for man’s best friend? Ermm… absolutely! There’s nothing our furry friends love more than a variety of different meats baked into a bone-shaped biscuit. I can't say I feel the same way; I'll stick with my party mix lollies, thanks.
Treat training dogs is an incredibly effective method for setting up criteria for good behaviour. When your dog is actioning the behaviour you wish to see from them, acknowledge it verbally (who’s a good boy?!?!) and reward them with a treat. You should repeat this process, but don’t rush it—take your time and keep training sessions short and sweet.
Ultimately, all dogs carry a very unique set of behavioural and personality traits. A technique that works well for one dog may crash and burn with another, so it’s important to remain observant of your dog’s progress and make adjustments if necessary.
Consistency is key, so don’t give up! In no time at all, you’ll be taking your dog for that leisurely walk down to the park with complete ease.
If you want to get started with these tips to stop your dog from pulling on its leash, ensure you're equipped with the right tools. At Stylish Hound, we stock a wide range of dog accessories, including no-pull harnesses, halters and leashes. Shop online today; we ship worldwide!
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