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Imagine your dog walking happily by your side, stopping when you stop, turning when you turn, and continuing with you past other dogs and people. A head collar or front-attachment harness can help to discourage your dog from pulling, but he will need training to learn to walk beside you without pulling at all.
A front-attachment harness is a safe and easy to use no-pull device that is great for all dogs. The front-attachment harness and head collar should only be used with leashes that are a maximum of 6 feet long. A simple way to help your dog learn to walk without pulling on the leash is to stop moving forward when he pulls and to reward him with treats when he walks by your side.
The steps below will go into more detail in order to help you to teach him how to have excellent leash manners. Start by attaching your dog to a rope or leash that is 10-20 feet long (but not retractable) while he is wearing a standard harness. When he catches up with you reward him with praise and by feeding a treat to him next to your preferred side. If the leash is tight and he does not come towards you, stop walking and apply gentle leash pressure.
Your dog needs time to sniff and relieve himself while on the leash, but it will help him to learn better manners if you decide when that will be. Continue practicing leash walking in your yard as in Steps 1 through 3 but by using a shorter leash.


On your neighborhood walks you will apply the same techniques as you did in your yard, but now there will be additional distractions and challenges such as friendly strangers, squirrels and other dogs. Hold your dog’s leash and toss a ball or treat 20 feet away from you and your leashed dog.
At first, you might want to use a longer leash or a less desirable object to make this easier for him.
If your dog is crossing in front of you, stomp or shuffle your feet a bit to make your presence more obvious.
If he is lagging behind a great deal, he could be frightened or not feeling well, so use lots of encouragement instead of pulling him along. If after you’ve practiced these steps, your dog seems to be alternating between walking beside you and pulling, stop rewarding coming back towards you after he pulls and instead concentrate on rewarding him for taking a larger number of consecutive steps by your side. He doesn’t pull on the leash, and he only goes potty and sniffs when you give permission. Choose a head collar for dogs with aggressive tendencies or for those that need the maximum amount of control such as a small owner with giant-breed dog. If the leash is too long, it is possible that he could get going fast enough to hurt himself if he were to hit the end of the leash abruptly.
If your dog is not very interested in food treats, then you can a tug a toy or toss a ball for him in place of feeding a treat.
Get some pea-sized pieces of fresh meat or cheese to use to reward your dog and go to a familiar outdoor area like your backyard.


Whenever your dog happens to choose to walk beside you, reward him with praise and a treat next to your thigh on your preferred side. Wait for a moment when your dog is walking off on his own, or is lagging behind to sniff or go potty. The leash pressure is meant to be a reminder of your presence and to make it slightly unpleasant for him to ignore you, but not to force him towards you. Continue to reward him for staying by your side when you walk in a different manner than usual (extra fast or slow, stopping or changing directions) or you encounter a distraction like another animal or person. Consider using a front-attachment harness or head collar for extra control and bringing fresh meat or cheese for use as treats. If he walks beside you while you walk towards the object, allow him to continue towards it until he reaches it and can take it as his reward. If he is lagging to sniff or to potty, simply keep walking but be sure to apply only gentle pressure on the leash. Leash manners is probably the most challenging thing you will probably teach him to do, but it is fun too and well worth the effort! If your dog is completely uninterested in you, take him inside and then try again later at a time when he is a bit more hungry.



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