HELP! MY DOG PULLS WHEN I WALK THEM

 

HELP! MY DOG PULLS WHEN I WALK THEM

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You are not alone. However, If you let your puppy be a puller, in no time you will have a stronger adult dog that will be also be a puller. Leashes are meant to be a guide rather than a restraint. This is easier said than done with some dogs, but it is the basic principal that you are in charge and not the other way around. Dogs should want to walk close to you because it wants to be, not because it has no other choice or is unable to move away from you. Don’t worry though, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

Keep your leash loose and use vocal commands with your dog. Practice walking to heel.

  1. Grip the leash handle in your right hand and hold onto a treat in your left. Encourage your pup to follow the treat behind you until it stands next to your left leg. Reward with the treat.

  2. Place a second treat under your dogs nose, then draw it away to keep its attention on you and its gaze upward. Say the dogs name and then say “HEEL”

  3. Walk forward one step. If the dog moves with you, give the them the treat while enthusiastically praising them. This encourages further obedience.

  4. Now, increase the number of step you take between rewards.

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You may have to repeat this each time you go walking to refresh the dogs memory but over time, your dog will become happier to walk next to you.

Only use the leash as a restraint when necessary for safety.

Spotlite Team