Training your dog to stop pulling on the leash is one of the most frustrating and common training issues us dog owners are faced with. In reality leash training a dog isn't all that difficult. What it does require is an effective plan, absolute consistency in applying the plan, heaps of practice and a dash of patience. A proven step by step plan is clearly outlined below - all you have to do is add those other elements...
Do you ever wonder how it is that some dogs seem to just happily stroll alongside their owners on a nice loose leash, regardless of what is going on around them? And then there are the dogs who rip, tug and pull their owners the entire time - why is this the case?
This leash training a dog method relies on the theory that a dog's behavior is determined by the immediate consequences of his/her actions.
When leash training this means that your dog quickly comes to the realization that when they pull on the leash they get nowhere. If this continues to happen every time they pull, your dog is highly unlikely to continue to do it - they don't like the consequences of the leash pulling. Especially when they catch on that by sticking close to you on a loose leash they can stroll along happily all they want. Let's get started:
|1. With your puppy or older dog on leash (I prefer a 6 foot leash) start to walk forward. As soon as your dog straightens the leash out (starts to pull) immediately say "Ah-Ah!" and at the same time stop where you are and don't move.|
|2. Your dog may be a little surprised by this and wonder what you are up to. He (or she) may lean into the leash even harder, he could lay down or could look back up at you with a quizzical look.|
|3. When you are stopped if at any stage your dog looks up at you or slackens off the leash immediately praise him and you can also give a tasty treat. If the leash still has some slack in it after your praise and treat this is your cue to recommence the walk.|
|4. If you are walking along for even 3 or 4 steps without your dog pulling on the leash, you should encourage your dog (good boy!) and give a small tasty treat. But as soon as the leash tightens up again, you guessed it, say "Ah-Ah!" and don't take another step.|
|5. By following these steps every time you are out on a walk you are communicating two clear messages to your dog:
1. If the leash is tight, I don't get anywhere.
2. If the leash is loose I get to walk, I get lovely praise from my owner, and sometimes I even get a treat as well!
In other words you are making it an easy choice for your dog.
|6. There is no set time frame for this leash training a dog process to work. It will depend on how early you get started with a young puppy or how deeply entrenched the pulling habit is. If you are seeing gradual progress each time you go for a walk, you are on the right track - keep it up!|
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Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.