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How to prevent and control leash pulling

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in training | 3 comments

Whether you’re training a puppy or an older dog that you have adopted, you will find that a big part of this is making sure that he does not pull on his leash while you are out walking! A dog that pulls on their leash unexpectedly can suddenly take the leash out of your hand, and the resulting situation can be quite dangerous.

A dog who pulls on his leash might also be menacing to other dogs or to people and if you want to walk your dog responsibility, leash pulling is definitely one behavior that you want to curb. How can you prevent your dog from pulling on his leash and what do you need to do?

The first thing that you need to address when it comes to leash pulling is that you need to take action right away. This is a habit that is very hard for a dog to break once he has become used to it, so take some time and look into what you can do to make sure that it does not become a permanent aspect of his personality. To prepare for training, get his leash and clip it on to his collar. Remember that choke chain is a very bad idea for this kind training because a dog can strangle himself if he throws himself against his leash too roughly.

One great method for training a dog to walk on a leash is to simply stand in one place and let your puppy act as he wishes to do so. You should leave about four feet of length in the leash and whenever your puppy allows the leash to go slack, make sure that you praise him. Pick a “happy” word or a word that show him that you approve of him, like “yes” or “good” and use it whenever he sits on the end of the leash with it going slack.

Remember that you don’t want to move forward when your dog is lunging at the leash or pulling it taut. This tells him that he can “pull” you where he wants to take you, and this is not a good idea for him to get. Remember that when he pulls, you should simply stop. On the other hand, remember that you do not want to pull back on the leash or to jerk it. Ideally, the leash will never be taut at all. Take some time and consider what your options are going to be and what you can do to make sure that your dog listens.

Alternately, you can also make sure that your puppy stays at the right place by putting a little bit of peanut butter on the end of a dowel and keeping it hovered above his head or near his nose when he is walking next to you. Allow your puppy to lick at the treat and use the stick to keep him at the right distance next to you.

Take some time and consider what your options are going to be when it comes to controlling leash pulling; it really is that simple!

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  1. Child Safety Leash

    Thanks for your tips. I like your picture the small kids with his big dog.

  2. Angel Hall

    So, you think you can train dogs…
    Well have I got the challenge for you!

    I’ll give you $50 if you can train my 1-year old Husky X to stop pulling on the leash. No halties, no harnesses. Just collar.
    Take as long as you want to do it. If you get consistent results, I’ll give you $50 CASH!

    And if you can do that, then you’re obviously a genius… so make some more money.
    Teach my dog to HEEL on command (with consistent results,) I’ll give you another $50.

    I dare you. I double-dog dare you.

  3. cathie

    Hi Angel,
    I didn’t write that post, so I’m no dog training expert! There are some great dog trainers in Victoria – have you tried obedience classes? Lewis was horrible at pulling on the leash, then one day (around his first birthday) he just stopped! Let me know if you want me to spread the word for you!


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