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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 Cathy and Charles, I’m sending your behavior question on to Jessica as a topic for a future blog.
Hi Nicole, Your dog probably has behavior problems because his previous owners didn’t take time to train him.
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. All dogs, regardless of size or breed, need to be taken on daily walks, jogs, runs, bike rides, rollerblading, or any other means you have to get your dog moving. While this might seem like a daunting daily task, the good news is walking is mentally good for humans, too. For a dog to be mentally stable, you as an owner must take your dog for daily walks to release mental and physical energy. Many people take their dogs out for a daily walk, however, the dog is walking in front of them. When getting ready to walk your dog, call the dog to you, do not go to the dog to put the lead on. The dog should not sniff the ground and relieve himself where he pleases for the sake of marking; his job while walking is to concentrate on following his handler. If you are going off to work for the day, the dog should be walked before you leave the house. While getting outside and walking is best, a treadmill can work as a substitute when that is not possible. It only took one day to teach these two 120-pound Great Pyrenees how to walk properly on a lead. Answer: The goal in walking is to have the dog heeling beside or behind you with a loose leash.
As you are walking watch your dog for signs that she even THINKS about getting excited and give a snap to the leash, up and to the side, to throw the dog off balance. The Material contained herein may not be reproduced without the prior written approval of the author.
You know that your precious pooch would never stray out of your sight during your nightly walk. Some cities and counties in California, such as the town of Livermore, do not require leashes for dogs who are under voice control by their owners.
The penalties for failing to follow dog leash laws vary just as widely as the laws themselves. If you walk your dog without a leash in Los Angeles, you could soon be slapped with a $100 fine — or more if it happens again.
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! It should be tight enough so that you can only slip 2 fingers underneath it (not 3 or 4 or your whole hand).
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! If you allow your dog to walk in front of you while on a lead you are reinforcing in the dog's mind that the dog is alpha over you because the leader always goes first.
The proper way to walk a dog is the dog walking either beside you, or behind you, and never in front of you. Getting a dog to walk properly on a lead is not as hard as it may seem—yes, even your dog(s). After the dog comes to you make him sit calmly before snapping on the lead or slipping on the collar. If the dog starts to pull, snap (tug) the lead up and to the side, throwing him off balance, then hold the lead loosely again (a very quick tug).
When walking the dog you can allow it to tip you off of when it has to go to the bathroom and allow it to go if the spot is an acceptable place for a dog to relieve itself. If your dog averts its attention to the distraction, give a tug on the lead to avert attention back to the walk. Our puppy was pretty well behaved, but after reading your site he is even better than we thought he could be. Both went from being unruly and pulling every which way, to calmly walking right next to the human. First, in your own mind, you have to picture your dog not spazzing towards the things she passes or she will feel it and will be more likely to do it. For larger dogs that get over-excited you can use the side of your foot to boot the dog in the butt behind you.
It is important to follow dog leash laws in California, however, to keep your pup safe and to protect your neighbors. In Long Beach, for example, leash laws require owners and handlers to use a leash no longer than 8 feet. If your dog is patrolling your backyard fence in search of wayward squirrels, for example, no leash is necessary. Others, such as Sacramento, waive dog leash laws if the pooch is currently in a training program or has completed obedience school. You might be subject to state, county and city ordinances, so contact your local animal control office or dog rescue center to learn which laws are applicable in your town. It allows city officials to impose fines for offenses such as urinating in public, having dogs off leashes or dumping garbage in public streets. 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). It is actually crueler to assume your dog is just like you in his feelings and instincts and not see him as the canine animal that he is. The thing you need to watch for and use your judgement is whether or not the dog is relieving itself because it has to go to the bathroom or if it is simply trying to mark the area. If the tug does not work you can also use your foot, not to kick the dog, but to touch him enough to snap his attention back on you. Yes, it is possible for a dog to run and explore the woods on a walk off-leash in a safe area and still see you as pack leader.
Avoid pulling your dog as a correction as that instinctually makes the dog want to pull back. Just because a dog walks well on a lead, not pulling, and for most of the walk walks beside the human does not mean the human is being a pack leader; it really is about who is making the decisions. It is important that the dogs who are out on the walk are all heeling beside the person holding the leash.
When a human allows a dog to walk in front, they are sending signals to the dog that he is leading the human.
Think outside the box and accept that your dog is an animal with different needs than a human.
To accomplish this, your dog needs to see that you are making the calls and deciding when it is OK to explore and when it is time to come back to you.
What you should be doing is teaching your dog that passing another dog is no big deal and to keep on walking.


Your timing must be right—not a second after she is already excited or it will be harder to control her. One person says that if you take your dog around the neighborhood, it will learn about the other animals and smells, and be more likely to leave home in search of those things. The bottom line is that dogs have an instinct to migrate (go for walks) and it is cruel to bring an animal into your home and not give it what it instinctually needs as that animal. In Sacramento County, for example, even retractable leashes must be 6 feet long or shorter. Any dog that is walking out in front of their humans will begin to regard himself as the alpha of the group. Simply having a large backyard or taking your dog to the dog park is not going to satisfy this instinct in your dog.
Keeping the lead high up on the neck, the same way they do in dog shows, will give you more control with less effort. Correct any excited behavior from the distraction with a tug, and if that does not work you can also use a firm touch to the neck using your hand as a claw. Notice in the photo how there is no tension on the lead and the collar is up high on the neck.
A simple test, and something you should do before giving the command to explore, is to ask your dog to walk with you heeling without the leash.
Once you leave one of these designated areas, clip the leash back on until you return home. This means that you cannot use an 8-foot retractable leash even if you keep it 6 feet long. If your dog is still peeing in the house, you aren’t finished with the housebreaking process. By making the dogs heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, you are communicating to the dogs that the humans are above them in the pecking order and that all the dogs are on the same follower level. As Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer says, "To your dog, your backyard is like a large fish bowl in which they are trapped. Do this as soon as you see the dog starting to avert his gaze toward the distraction, or as soon as you see a look in your dog's eyes that tells you he is going to begin barking or growling. If your dog is willing to heel next to you when asked without a leash, you are doing something right.
Dogs are not stupid, they know the difference between you asking them to work and them leading you on a walk. A truly happy, balanced follower will enjoy walking beside you when you ask, leash or no leash. When you are just out walking the dog on a leash and you let the dog in front you are communicating to the dog that you are letting them be your leader. If your dog runs laps around your yard or house, this is an indication that it is not getting enough exercise. If you are walking multiple dogs that usually fight you may need more than one human to walk the dogs. If you go too far over it will not work, as if your intensity is too far under it will not work. Make sure all human walkers are making the dog they are walking heel and that they are correcting any signs of aggression towards the other dogs. This only creates excitement and you are more likely to pull your dog out of his calm, submissive state. Use your body to step in front of the dog if you have to block her because she is going for it. You may allow the dogs to smell one another's back end, but make sure you keep walking in the process. No, since instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, your decision to allow your dog to walk in front will be communicating to your dog that you are allowing him to be your leader. When you come home after being gone, avoid speaking to your dog in an excited manner for a few minutes.



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