How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Lead
Who presently has a weak or painful shoulder due to their dog jerking them and dragging them down the road? Me, me, me, I hear you say! There are basically thousands of people who have to survive their stroll with their dog rather than enjoy it.
Why not educate your dog to walk by your side without pulling once on the leash and then enjoy every walk without any hassle! The great thing is it’s not complicated! As with most things worth mastering it can take a little time, but not always.
Sometimes it can be a 5 minute turnaround as expert Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan, demonstrates in this video below.
Mistakes Made When Walking Your Dog
Let me first talk you through some of the really key mistakes that people are making when walking their dog. Now as I touched on earlier there are many techniques to walking your dog on the lead properly so that they walk alongside you.
If you have a strong willed dog, (and they come in both large and small size) you may well need to know all of them before you can master the walk
Generally speaking, the tips I am about to give you now will really help … So let’s get cracking and get into the training to help stop your dog pulling on the lead.
Keep Your Dog Calm
The most crucial thing to bear in mind is to keep your dog calm. If your dog is charged up like a raging bull as you lead the way out of the front gate, like the dog in the video then getting them to walk calmly on the leash is going to be a lot more difficult than if they are quiet.
How do we quiet them down? I hear you cry … Okay, okay, I’m getting to it … The best way is to first head off to the local doggy day spa and give your dog the complete deluxe treatment. No not really but I’m sure they would be pretty relaxed after that.
1. Calming Your Dog Down.
They jump up, tail wagging, running around demanding that you put the leash on them. Now if you simply oblige and put the leash on them they get even more excited! This behavior gets more and more extreme. They become more excited, not less excited.
The same thing is occurring as your dog pulls you towards the front door, barging their way through first, then pull you down the garden path. All of this is getting your dog more and more excited. They will be at bursting point when you get onto the path!
Next time you take your dog for a walk, take your time. Pick up the leash and then wait for your dog to calm down.This may take a little while, multiple attempts or quite a long period, but your dog will eventually relax. When they are relaxed you can try again and repeat until they are completely relaxed as you connect the leash.
This technique can be repeated right until you are on the path set to start your walk. Either wait calmly with your dog on the leash until they are calm before progressing, or take the leash off and postpone the walk for a few minutes.
It may seem like you’re getting nowhere fast but better to take some time getting this sorted now or you’re going to be dragged around the streets for the next 10 years. The issue will not “self-correct”.
Now step two is a simple exercise that involves you turning around when your dog pulls ahead.
2. Change direction
Before you start your walk look at which way your dog is trying to head. If they want to go right, then take a step to the left and repeat this until they are actually taking notice of what you are doing.
On a bigger scale you could simply change direction and go the other way when your dog starts to pull ahead. Make sure you do this early, don’t wait till your dog is miles out in front. By doing this exercise your dog ends up behind you every time. Again it can take a little time but your dog will get it in the end.
3. Chose An Appropriate Device
Take a look at some of the different types of devices available to assist you in getting your dog to heel. In the video you can see Doggy Dan using a very special harness where the attachment is under the dogs chin.
This is totally different to a traditional harness where the attachment is on the back and the dogs end up pulling like a cart horse. Very hard to control your dog.
4. The Pack Leader Leads The Pack
Most important to remember is that the pack leader is the head and leads the pack. If you are not the pack leader in your dog’s eyes they will really fight for that spot at the front, every time.
You can’t put one over a dog, especially the strong minded, determined ones! On his video website The Online Dog Trainer,Doggy Dan points out that before any training takes place, you first need to establish yourself as the leader of the pack and stresses that this is really important in solving just about all dog behavior problems.
Learning to be the leader of the pack is a major topic in it’s own right and Doggy Dan’s world class training will teach you how to be that leader in a clam and gentle way.
Broken down into 5 golden rules to practice daily, you will become the head of the pack in a very short time.
5. Heaps Of Extra Tips And Tricks
As I mentioned earlier there are loads of other tips and tricks such as knowing how and when to give the leash a little pull without going over the top. Recognizing when and where to let your dog have some flexibility and go sniff and pee (after all that’s the point of going for a dog walk isn’t it!) are some of the things you will learn.
If you would like to master the walk today, then look take a look at our review about Doggy Dan, The Online Dog Trainer, with over 250 videos. There are currently 7 excellent videos on how to walk your dog correctly showing you how to deal with every issue and question you may have.
Everyone would like to enjoy their dog and that includes exercising them, so don’t tolerate it anymore! Oh and bear in mind your dog will also be thankful when the yanking stops and they can walk comfortably by your side!