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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! 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!). 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. 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 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. 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. Jessica does cover excessive barking in this blog, and here is a great one about housebreaking.



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