Is your dog a walking menace? Do they drag you down the street, making walks more of a chore than a pleasure? If so, you’re not alone. Many dog owners struggle with leash pulling, but there are things you can do to train your dog to walk calmly and politely by your side.
Why do dogs pull?
There are many reasons why dogs pull on the leash. Some dogs are simply excited to be out and about, while others are trying to get to something, like another dog or a possum or bird. Some dogs may also pull out of frustration or boredom.
How to stop your dog from pulling
There are a few different methods you can use to train your dog to walk calmly on the leash. The most important thing is to be consistent and patient. It may take some time, but with a little effort, you can train your dog to walk politely by your side.
The “stop and go” method
This is a simple and effective method for teaching your dog that pulling doesn’t get them anywhere. When your dog starts pulling, stop walking immediately. Stand still and wait for your dog to come back to you. Once your dog is at your side, give them a treat and start walking again. Repeat this process as many times as necessary.
The “turn around” method
This method is similar to the “stop and go” method, but instead of standing still, you turn around and walk in the opposite direction. When your dog comes back to you, give them a treat and start walking again. This method can be helpful if your dog is particularly stubborn.
The “treat and lure” method
This method is a more positive way to train your dog to walk calmly on the leash. Instead of punishing your dog for pulling, you will reward them for walking by your side. Start by holding a handful of treats in your hand. As you walk, keep your dog on your left side. If your dog starts to pull, stop walking and wait for them to come back to you. Once your dog is at your side, give them a treat. Continue walking and repeat this process as many times as necessary.
Tips for Success
- Be consistent with your training. Don’t give up if your dog doesn’t get it right away.
- Be patient. It may take some time for your dog to learn to walk calmly on the leash.
- Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. A tired dog is less likely to pull on the leash.
- Use a harness instead of a collar. A harness will help to distribute the pressure evenly and make it less likely for your dog to pull.
- With a little patience and consistency, you can train your dog to walk calmly and politely by your side. No more being dragged down the street!