In order to be able to walk your dog in a way you both will enjoy, you first need to know, how to stop your dog from pulling on the lead. The problem is that your dog thinks he is in charge of the walk. If he saw YOU as the one in charge (if he saw you as the pack leader), he wouldn’t feel the need to take charge, nor would he fail to follow your lead.
Tips From a Professional Dog Trainer
You’ll Know if There is a Problem
If you find yourself having to correct your dog often on walks, then there is something fundamentally wrong. Getting your dog to walk nicely on a leash is more than just leash training – you have to first convince him that you are the pack leader. Think of it like this: your dog understands that on the walk, somebody has to be the leader, and your dog is simply taking the lead! It is more of a psychological battle than a physical one, at least it should be. I would suggest you read this article, How to Become a Pack Leader – How to Get Control of Your Dog. If you get your dog to see you as the pack leader before you even leave the house, walks – and absolutely everything else – will be easy and enjoyable for both of you!
Before you get ready to go on the walk, first walk around the house, going around the tables, and furniture, encouraging your dog to follow you. If your dog pulls out in front of you, then simply change direction, leaving your dog behind you. Not only will this begin to teach him to follow you, but it’ll give him confidence that YOU are the leader.
After bringing out your dog’s leash, wait a while before you actually leave for the walk. If your dog gets excited when he sees the leash, it is very important that you wait until he calms down before you go.
While on the walk, if your dog lags behind, hold the leash firmly for ten seconds, then call your dog to follow. He’ll have no other options – he will follow you if you are patient.
Whenever you come across doorways or narrow pathways on a walk, you should always walk through the first. You can practice this at home by walking in and out of the front door, with you going first. Keep doing it until your dog “gets it” that he doesn’t have to take the lead.
For More Help
Visit the website called, The Online Dog Trainer, where professional dog trainer, “Doggy Dan” shows you, via step-by-step videos, how to train your dog in an effective, gentle and loving way. This website is for dog owners who want to understand the cause of their dog training difficulties, and get easy-to-understand instructions on how to solve it. Check it out here. You won’t regret it!
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