If your dog pulls and pry and you have tried everything or are looking for some ways to try, here are a few tips that will make your life a whole lot easier.
Many professional trainers recommend that you use tools like a choke chain, prong collar or a shock collar to discourage your dog from pulling.
The only tools you need to train your dog to not pull on the leash are your sophisticated human brain and a patient attitude.
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First, understand why dogs pull on a leash, they walk faster than we do, very often the dogs that are pulling on a leash are the very dogs that were bred to have exceptional endurance and stamina like hunting dogs, herding dogs or retrieving dogs which is the complete opposite of walking slowly next to a person, nonetheless, dogs have shown throughout history that they’re highly adaptable to the ways people teach them to do things.
Try and get that initial layer of energy out of them before introducing this concept, they’re more receptive to learning once they’ve gotten rid of some of their energy; if you have a super high-energy dog you should not be relying on walks as your dog’s primary form of exercise, consider getting involved in dog sports or something like regularly long hikes if possible.
Dogs need to get tired and they need to have a proper outlet for that energy when introducing a concept like this to your dog it’s important to do it indoors in an environment that they’re familiar with; like your house.
The last thing you want to say to your dog is: hey I’m going to teach you something new and I’m going to ask you to do it in the most distracting environment possible.
2. Show Restraint If Dog Starts To Pull
The first rule is to make sure you’re not advancing if there’s any tension at all on the line, this can be achieved by getting their attention with a treat early on; but let me be clear we’re not focused on louring our dog this is just to get their initial attention, the treat is temporary.
Let them know you love their behavior. Interact with them often, if they know sit, ask them to sit often while on a leash, rewarding on sit.
3. Do Normal Tricks While On Leash
Even if they know sit very well you should still reward them in this instance because you’re combining it with another behavior: Walking on a leash without pulling. This makes it more challenging for your dog and that’s why you need to acknowledge their success.
Walking nicely on a leash is baby steps, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither should your dog learn how to walk on a leash without pulling as fast as you would like. How long it takes depends on patience and commitment on your part.
Finally, count the steps you can get in reasonably without pulling, that way you can measure success, and don’t forget to reward your dog when he or she looks at you, let them know that you love that.