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Is Your Dog Walking You? Train Your Dog to Stop Pulling the Leash

Train Your Dog to Stop Pulling On The Leash

Trying to walk a dog that is pulling you all over the place can be very frustrating, and can leave you with a pretty sore shoulder by the end of it… Or sore palms from trying to grip the leash! Ouch!  Leash training is best trained from the beginning, as a puppy.  However, some acquire their furry companions at an older age, and some are dealing with bad habits learned as a pup.  If you find yourself being dragged around the block on a daily basis, this post is for you!

Morgan- Endless Mt. Labradors

Morgan (Cuddles x Doc)

***Puppy Tip: The first mistake most new puppy owners make is putting the leash on their pup and immediately dragging them all over the place.  And now you have completely soured them to it.  Let your puppy walk around with a loose leash in a safe area so they can get used to the feeling of being on the lead.  Then as you are encouraging your pup to walk with you on the leash, be sure to use lots of praise and verbal encouragement to get them to walk along side you.  

Pulling on the leash is a fight for control.  Fido wants to go where he wants, when he wants.  He wants to go sniff that fire hydrant (or that German Shepherd’s butt), and meet that little girl over at the playground, or he feels that you are simply not keeping up with the pace he feels is sufficient for this walk.

So what do you do to show him that YOU are in fact the one in control?  What do you do when he pulls on his leash?

You STOP.  Stop right in your tracks.  Wait for him to turn around and look at you like, “Dude what’s the hold up?” Then ask him to come sit next to you. Which he’ll do begrudgingly… After he obeys this command and sits nicely next to you for a minute, proceed with your walk. Each and EVERY time your dog pulls on the leash, repeat this.  This teaches him that when he pulls on the leash, the walk stops. Which is no fun of course.  This is a basic and probably obvious training technique, but many are impatient and do not follow through.  Your walks may be pretty stop and go, and a bit annoying, for a little while… but if you’re patient and consistent, it WILL work.

Zeus- Endless Mt. Labradors

Zeus (Lana x Hero)

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4 Comments

  1. I can relate to this, some of my dogs in the past have certainly been walking me rather than the other way round, its nothing a bit of good training can’t fix though. Taking time to train any dog is essential! Its as essential as taking out dog health insurance comparison for my furry babies.

  2. This technique worked for us as long as there weren’t any other people or dogs around. Charlie (just turned one) can’t contain his excitement when he sees new people or animals and at 80 pounds, could easily drag me down the street. We tried a front harness, which helped a little, but moved to a “gentle leader” after he pulled me off my feet twice in one week. It was like night and day – he couldn’t pull me at all, and gave up even trying within a day or two of starting to use it. Our walks are enjoyable (and safe) for both of us now!

  3. At what age do you start walking your lab for a further distance then your back yard?

  4. @TINA I start walking after I see some obedience in his nature. And never punish the dog, they need the care and training, The worst thing that happens is taking the puppy outside too early in his life when he is new to the worldly things.

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