Dog Pulling on Leash

by Nancy

How do I get my dog to stop pulling and choking on the leash when we go for a walk?

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Sep 13, 2008
This is a Common Problem
by: Donna - dog-beds-n-beyond

Hi Nancy,

You are not alone this is a common problem. Dogs will pull because we are teaching them to. Every time you allow your pet to go "the other way" and you do not correct the behavior, you are training your dog that this behavior is permissible. The problem will grow progressively worse unless you stop allowing your canine friend to lead you.

First I suggest you tire your dog out with throwing a ball and have him fetch it before you start the walk. Bring some treats. Reward for a loose lease and include praise such as “Good dog". Make the walk fun, walking fast or slow. Reward for good behavior and ignore bad behavior, but do not allow yourself to be pulled.

Do not allow your dog to decide when to pull on-leash. When your buddy tightens the leash, immediately stop, stand still, and wait. Once he slackens the leash, or better yet, once he sits, proceed with the walk.

There are collars that help with leash training so you may want to try this but these collars do not teach a dog; we teach dogs. Dogs will pull as long as it works and until they are rewarded for not pulling. If you require more help click on this link: Leash Training

Indication Your Dog Needs Exercise

By Madhu - India

I personally feel that when a dog pulls on his leash, it is an indication that he needs some exercise. So if you can run with him he will stop pulling on his leash. But not every one can run. So you can try to engage him in some game like catching the ball. This will use his pent up energy and stop pulling on his leash.

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