How to stop dog pulling on a leash

How to stop dog pulling on a leash!

If your dog or puppy is constantly pulling the leash, walking him/her is going to be rough. Especially if you have a bigger dog. Being pulled all over the place is not only uncomfortable, it can be dangerous too, especially if there is a lot of traffic around. An exited dog is unlikely to check the street in both directions before crossing it. On top of this there is also the issue of other dogs and also joggers and people who are afraid of dogs.

To be able to walk comfortably and enjoyable you must be able to control your dog and make him/her walk on the leash without pulling.

The video above will show you a simple but effective method you can use to control your dog when walking on the leash.

There are also a lot of other dog behavior problems that stem from the fact that your dog is pulling you around all over the place. It is simply the fact that your dog thinks it is in charge of the walk and not you. This makes the dog think it is the packleader and if your dog thinks it is the packleader then it will not follow you and it will not obey your command.

How to stop dog pulling on a leash
How to stop dog pulling on a leash

There are plenty of gadgets, different typs of leads and collars available but if your dog think it is in charge of the walk then none of them can solve the problem. The only thing a device like this will do is to either divert your dogs attention elsewhere or cause pain in order to stop your dog from pulling.  If you constantly have to correct your dog, then there is something fundamentally wrong. The funny thing is that even if  your dog knows how to walk nicely on the lead you will need far more than just training it, you first have to convince your dog that you are the pack leader. To learn how to become the packleader, go to This Site

Your dog knows that on a walk somebody has to be the leader Your dog is simply taking the lead. This is much more a psychological battle than a physical one, or at least it should be. If it was all physical then only very strong people could walk a great dane or rottweiler. Walking a dog should not be a physical struggle. At the first stage of the walk you should ensure that you are the pack leader. You should try this inside of your house before you look to venture out.  This is because no dog will let you simply take control over the walk,if you are not in control inside.

Here are some important tips to try before you go outside:

Bring out the dogs lead and then wait until your dog calms down before proceeding. You should only attach the leash when your dog is calm. It might take a while but you should never rush this stage.
First you need to  learn how to stop your dog from pulling inside your house or property before you step outside – there are some great videos that show how to do this.
Walk around the house  around  tables and furniture in your house and have your dog following you.
When your dog pulls away in front of you then you turn around and walk the opposite way, leaving your dog behind you.
If your dog drags backwards then gently hold the lead firm for 10 seconds then call  for your dog to follow you. It will have no other options and will follow you if you are patient.
Control the doorways – when your dog is on the lead you should always walk through the doorways first
Practice walking in and out of the front doorway with you going first – keep doing this until your dog relaxes and gives up waiting for you to make the next move
Make sure your posture is good– You should be   relaxed and calm with  your shoulder  down and your arm  straight at the elbow.

Take a good look at this on the video shown above. The video shown on this page is made by Doggy Dan. Doggy Dan is professional  dog trainer who also runs the site theonlinedogtrainer.com. His approach to dogtraining is gentle and at the same time simple and practical. On his site you will learn how to establish yourself as the packleader as well as many simple but very effective techniques like the one shown on the video above. Doggy Dan will really teach you to understand your dog and thereby solve any problems and issues you might have.

CLICK HERE to go to Doggy Dans site and receive a Free Dogtraining Course.

 

Comments 10

  • Thanks for the great advice! We have a dog who pulls when everyone walks him except me. I have no idea why, but everyone else in our household really struggles with him, and he’s huge so that doesn’t help. Great video and I’ll be trying all the suggestions offered. Thanks so much!

    • If your dog pulls the leash when other family members are walking him but not when you are, then it is most probably because he considers you to be the packleader where as he sees himself superior to the other members of your family. A dog will follow their leader and to make a dog obey and follow he must consider the person who walks him to be in charge.

      I suggest you take a look at this post; How To Become The Packleader Of My Dog there you will find how to establish yourself as the packleader.

      I wish you good luck and if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to contact me.

      Jojo

  • I found your article very helpful. Thank you for writing “How to Stop Dog Pulling on a Leash.”

    I will use your suggestion on getting the dog trained inside rather than outside. Never thought about having the dog following you rather than the dog going in front of you. Great info & will definitely use.

    What do you recommend when having more than 1 dog as far training them to follow you as the pack leader?

    Thanks for this great info!

    • If you have two dogs then the same rules apply. You are their leader and they should follow you. With dogs one of them will probably “rank” higher than the other one and thus one might take the lead over the other one. This is typical for pack animals like dogs. There is a packleader and then a ranking order for the others. You and the other members of the family should always rank higher than the dogs.

      Jojo

  • Hi JoJo, if that is okay very nice unique site, and I am here to tell you that I have been a dog and cat lover all of my life. my wife has been better able to tame my dogs than I, it seems that the more pedigree the dog is the more attentive training they need we currently have a Shih Tzu now a beautiful dog, however, they are pretty radical, perhaps I will have my wife look into your site, any thoughts other than patience thank you, Jack,

    • Sure, tell to take a look at my site I am sure she will find the information useful and if she has any questions just write to me and I will do what I can to help.

      Jojo

  • This advice is really great. My dog is terrible at pulling on the leash!

    I was actually able to get him to walk nicely in the house and in the backyard, but when it comes to walking around the neighborhood he goes insane. He isn’t neutered so maybe that has something to do with it.

    Regardless, this post showed me that I need to be even more patient with him- that I shouldn’t move forward if he is acting to excited. I will definitely try some of these tips out.

    • Your dog really needs to know that you are his leader and not the other way around. That is the first step for all dog training. Then, with these tips I think teaching him to walk nicely without pulling should not be too difficult. If there is anything I can do to help you, just write to me and I will do whatever I can.

      I wish you good luck!

      Jojo

  • Help your information, I have a large dog that often pulling the collar when he sees another dog, the do it with the purpose of sniffing, but other dogs take it as invasion of their territory and others barking him, altering the behavior of my dog. Will put in practice your advice.

    • It is important to be able to control your dog, especially a large and powerful one. When your dog sees you as its packleader, it is going to listen to you. This is the base of all dog training and this is the first step.

      I wish you good luck and if I can be of any help, feel free to contact me any time.

      Jojo

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