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Whether your dog already pulls on the leash during walks, or you have a new puppy who you would like to teach to walk politely before a problem starts, the tips in this blog will help your dog become a great walking companion. The goal is to set your dog up to be able to do something correctly that you can reward him for.
Enjoying a good relationship with your dog means being able to take the dog for a walk and having it heel.
For example, when you are home, clip the leash on but go about your normal routine in the house.
Repeat this until both you and the dog are bored, and its lost all interest in pulling on the lead because the chances are it is going straight back inside and not on a walk. Teach the dog to stop pulling on the lead.[5] This works best if you set aside plenty of time, and are prepared to not actually get as far as your intended destination.
If your dog needs lots of exercise, try playing ball in the yard to tire it out beforehand so that it gets its exercise.
Using this method, however, when the dog tries to get you to move faster, it results in you stopping, which means no movement at all. Hopefully, after about a month of taking walks like this, your dog will no longer be taking you for a walk! This version of How to Train an Older Dog to Walk Calmly on a Leash was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on October 27, 2015.
This is all cute and adoring, that is until the dog reaches a bodyweight of 50 to 60 pounds and is literally dragging its owner down the street on the leash.
As strangers pass by it takes all of the owner’s muscle and might just to hold the dog back from getting its dirty paws all over these people. Many dog owners who purchase a new puppy totally underestimate just how vital it is to invest time into leash training, and from as early an age as possible, especially when they have a pup that will grow 6 to 10 times it’s puppy size.


Yes these types of leashes can definitely be a benefit for many situations, but for training a new puppy or even an adult dog, you need to have a leash that can provide constant tension on the dog’s neck. You also need to keep a very short distance between you and your dog, which is very hard to do when using a retractable leash.
Lastly, you must have consistent leash pressure and release moments in order for the dog to understand the commands you are teaching him, such as heeling. For some dogs that already pull on the leash when walking, this might mean simply not sprinting ahead when you take one step forward. If your dog needs exercise and is not able to get it in another way, consider purchasing a Sense-ation, Sense-ible, or EZ Walk harness (these all clip in the front instead of the back to prevent pulling) that gently and humanely help prevent most dogs from pulling while walking.  Purchasing a harness may or may not be a permanent solution for your dog depending on your goals for his walking skills, and you will likely want to continue working on rewarding his calm and focused behaviors since these will still be very important with or without the harness in the face of distractions. Unfortunately, many dogs have learned to pull on the lead, which is tiring for you, uncomfortable to it, and could potentially be dangerous if the dog is too large and powerful.
Dogs most commonly pull because they are excited to get where they are going, which is usually an exciting place full of interesting smells such as the park. When your dog turns its head to look at you, give a hearty "GOOD DOGGY!" then move forward and keep on walking. The once happily smiling owner is now gritting her teeth and doing all she can to keep the dog from pulling her down the sidewalk.
Eventually, these types of dogs who have no leash control end up spending all of their time in the backyard without ever being walked. In time the dog will not think twice about what it is doing, even though it may be a wrong action that you disapprove of. However, there is one type of leash that is not recommended for training purposes and that is the retractable kind.
These leash devices are simply a plastic casing that fits into your hand which has a control trigger that either releases the leash to extend up to a certain length and can then be locked at the specific distance you choose.


With a retractable leash, it can extend at different distances and be locked inconsistently.
For others, this might mean you reward for any time he looks at you, or for walking a step forward with you.
However, don't despair if you have an older dog that has learned bad habits, as it's never too late to retrain a dog to walk calmly on the leash without pulling. While it might seem tempting to use a prong collar or choke chain, these work by inflicting pain and having the dog associate pain with pulling. This is likely to reboot the whole excitement thing, because this time it looks like the dog really is going for a walk. If the dog then tanks ahead of you and pulls in the next direction, stop again and change direction. Commit to daily training but don't assume that your dog will change its behavior after just a week.
You simply need time, patience, and an understanding of what motivates your dog to learn and follow commands. This kind of leash will let you correct bad behavior quickly and effectively by redirecting the dog away from distractions. In this case, the action of pulling on the lead is it's own reward because the dog perceives they get where they want to go more quickly.
Try to be more exciting to your dog than all of the other potential distractions (amazing-smelling bushes, other dogs, humans, dirt, grass – the usual).



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