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There are many reasons why dogs pull on leashes, with the biggest reason being that they are simply excited!  Dogs need to get out of the house on a regular basis in order to get exercise and to stimulate their minds.  Going for walks also gives them opportunities for socialization and to familiarize themselves with their neighborhood, essentially creating a visual and a scent-based map in their mind so they can find home if they ever get lost. First, begin by walking by controlling the length of the leash with your left hand and looping the handle around your right wrist for safety.
If your dog rushes forward and pulls, IMMEDIATELY stop walking (even if you are in mid-stride) and do not move an inch until your dog comes back to you and the tension goes away.  The SPLIT SECOND that tension disappears, continue your walk. You can even use treats to reward your dog when they come back to walk nicely at your side! If you feel uncomfortable with your dog meeting strangers, it’s OK to tell them you would prefer they not meet your dog right now. With consistent hard work, you and your dog should be walking in sync in no time!  Once your dog is walking nicely on the leash, I encourage you to start opening up your dog’s world by taking them to new places and introducing them to as many people and dogs as you can. Hi Nicole, Your dog probably has behavior problems because his previous owners didn’t take time to train him.
I have 8 yr old chihuhua & got very tired of her pulling me to smell all the time when I took her for a walk. Hi Hilary: It sounds like your puppy just needs some more work and positive reinforcement on leash training.
Along your walk, bring with you something spectacular (such as a squeaky tennis ball, a rope toy, or just some attention could do just fine!). Counter your dog’s excitement with slow steps and as much eye contact as you can get.
It’s really important to be fully present with your dog when heading out for a training walk. Because these can take a long time to explain and relatively little time to show, I’m sharing some video of my favorite loose-leash walking training techniques. Seattle trainer Grisha Stewart is one of my favorite trainers, and her video, Silky Leash, is where I almost always start with dogs who are strong pullers and have been getting away with such naughties for a long time. Because dogs and humans both have an opposition reflex, they both unconsciously move in ways to resist pressure. Part of the job description for Dog Behavior Nerd Social Networking Addict requires that you are familiar with Emily Larlham’s great training work on YouTube, which offers dozens of great positive reinforcement videos to dog nerds around the world.


If your dog is distracted by new scents on a walk, this video will show you how to use sniffing as a reward, while also preventing the dog from reinforcing himself for pulling you over to check out a new smell. Peggy, the 6 month old puppy, demonstrates loose leash walking and the importance of paying attention to her owner when there are distractions. A video showing how to be the leader of the pack by learning to lead like a leader in a dance.
Moving forward is the reward for walking without pulling, so your dog will only get to continue the walk when there is no tension on the leash what-so-ever.
If the dog resumes pulling, turn around and repeat the process, essentially playing “Doggie Yo-Yo”.  This teaches your dog that the more he carries on and behaves inappropriately, the further away he gets from what he wants, and the better behaved he is, the closer he gets!
A dog that is exposed to the world they live in will be a more confident, emotionally healthy and happy dog in the long run. It sounds like your dog needs some active training because something is not totally clicking. I believe it might be defensive, as she was kept in a cage for many hrs a day around other dogs who would torment her. I always stop when she pulls and she will quickly come back to my side, or sit down and wait for me to start walking again – which is great! She is potty trained, but has these strange small accidents where she doesn’t even squat to go but pees in the air while walking! He has 3 trigger spots that this happens and we really don’t know how to correct his, he is not interested in treats when he is on a walk so this kind of positive reinforcement does not work when he is good.
As promised, I’m back to share more tips to help in your quest for the Holy Grail of doggy manners: a walk that brings you home with your shoulders intact! Here are a few establishing operations you and your dog should do before leaving for a walk. While older children may be fine to accompany you on a walk, younger children may need your full attention to keep them safe or may easily be knocked over by a dog-in-training. If you have several dogs, each will need to be taught appropriate leash manners before you begin training them together.
If you have a very high-energy dog, you may want to use other types of play or exercise to drain some excess energy before embarking on your walk.


Whether you are using a head halter or front-clip harness, spend a bit of time in advance of your training to acclimate him to the new equipment.
Pulling on a leash is primarily an impulse control issue, and it is always easier to acquire focus in the house and maintain it than it is to get it back once you’ve lost it.
I know at least a dozen ways to build new leash walking skills, my choice of which to use in a given situation depends on the dog.
This technique works really well for dogs who are the opposite of pullers — the ones who plant their butts on the ground while outside and refuse to walk. Cattle Dog Publishing takes scientific principles of animal behavior and creates practical applications that are easy to understand and accessible for everyday use. BUT, as soon as I take a single step, she bolts forward, sometimes so hard that she tumbles when she gets to the end of the leash (I use the easy walk, front attaching, harness). We use a pinch collar on his walks which does work but once we get close to the field he has no concept of pain. If you want your dog to have any chance of giving you his full attention, you must be prepared to do the same.
If your dog starts jumping on you, simply stop moving, wait for your dog to sit or lie down, and resume putting your shoes on, picking up the keys, etc. This video came from Helix Fairweather, Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, who is one of the best trainers I know when it comes to breaking behaviors into small, achievable pieces.
Our understanding and knowledge, and thus our training and teaching techniques, are always evolving. He tends to countersurf only when people are away, or in a different room, even after he's gone through the Learn to Earn program, had thousands of rewards for more appropriate behavior and no opportunity to countersurf for several weeks. If your dog is still peeing in the house, you aren’t finished with the housebreaking process. Yin adds a well-timed booby trap to his training plan and how elaborate the set-up has to be in order to work.



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