Does your dog pulling on the leash on walks frustrate you and make you wish you didn’t have to walk your dog? Did your dog come to you as an adult from a shelter? Then it is likely that you never had the chance to train the dog properly from the start, when he was a puppy.
If you got your dog as a puppy and didn’t train him properly, it’s likely you never knew the right way to train your dog. Don’t worry. Old dogs can learn new tricks as long as you are willing to put the time in to train your dog the right way.
A dog pulling on a leash should never be tolerated. Once you have let a dog pull on the leash you’ve effectively trained him that pulling is OK. So every time you are walking your dog and he’s pulling, you’re saying to the dog this is what I expect. And the bad behavior gets reinforced.
Training a dog can be frustrating unless you have the right attitude. Patience is required. Standing in one spot and not moving forward while your dog pulls on the leash is perfectly acceptable. Don’t reward your dog by moving forward when your dog is doing something you don’t approve of.
Keep a positive attitude and realize this is what is required right now. Once your dog learns how to walk without pulling on the leash your walks can resume. And you’ll be much happier. The sooner you don’t give in to your dog’s bad behavior, the sooner he will have no desire to keep it up. It won’t get him anywhere, he’ll figure out a new way to get what he wants, on your terms. Remember, dogs are smart.
When walking a dog on a leash, any tension in the leash is a sign that you need to address the dog with either a command or correction or both, carefully timed. One difficulty with using a short leash is that you don’t have much time to give a verbal command before the dog reaches the end of a short leash. It’s no wonder that so many dogs pull on a leash. The owners don’t have time to correct them.
Another reason dogs don’t get trained well is that when they are puppies, well meaning but uninformed adults let small children take the new puppy on a walk. With absolutely no dog training skills a kid basically drags a young puppy around on the leash teaching the dog that this is what it’s supposed to be like. There is always supposed to be tension on my neck.
This is so unfair to the puppy. The puppy is getting nothing positive out of this experience and just ends up learning how to irritate its owners every time it goes for a much needed walk.
One technique that is very useful in training a dog to walk on a leash is by using a long line. The long line dog training method allows you time to give a verbal correction or command to your dog before he reaches the end of the leash. This technique is extremely useful when you need to make changes to an adult dog’s behavior. An adult dog may run a lot faster than a puppy and get to the end of the leash or line quicker than a small puppy.
Training your dog properly to walk on a leash is something you need to do as a responsible pet owner. Dogs need to learn how to behave from humans if they want to survive in a human world.