How To Stop A Dog From Pulling On The Leash
How to Get a Dog to Stop Pulling
Not only is a pulling dog inconvenient, but it can also be dangerous. The dog has the potential to hurt not only himself but also your arm, shoulder, and back.
It will take some time to learn how to stop a dog from pulling, but it is an important part of the training process.
Remember that when you’re training, walking, or playing with your dog, all dogs follow their instincts and do what works best for them.
As a result, if your dog pulls on a leash and you follow him to his desired destination, he will continue to pull because he believes it will get him there.
Learning how to stop dogs from pulling will begin with countering this dog’s logic.
Even though some dogs only pull a little and rarely, experts recommend using a no-pull dog harness for training and walks instead of a traditional leash and collar.
I’ll give you some tips on how to deal with dog leash pulling and how to stop your pet from doing it in this article.
How to Get a Dog to Stop Pulling on the Leash
1. Understand the causes of your dog’s pulling.
The majority of dog training is lengthy and may include some complicated steps. It’s best to start slowly and gradually increase your training. Fortunately, teaching your dog to walk without pulling on a leash is relatively simple, but it does take time and patience.
The first step is to understand why your dog is pulling in the first place. This will determine whether or not you can resolve the issue on your own.
For example, if you have a hyperactive dog who gets overly excited when out for a walk and is very interested in exploring, you can prevent leash pulling during these walks by yourself.
If your dog only acts aggressively when on a leash, you should talk to a professional dog trainer to avoid problems.
Aggression on a leash is a dangerous behavior. It’s also fairly common and easily identifiable.
If your pet is generally calm when not on the leash but becomes cujo the moment his lead is attached, it’s a clear sign of leash aggression that needs to be addressed.
2. Five Simple Steps to Stop a Dog from Pulling on a Leash
The concept is simple. To get what he wants, Fido pulls on his lead.
For example, he might want to sniff a new area, see a dog across the park, catch that squirrel, or simply explore in a different direction.
He pulls because he thinks it will result in him getting what he wants.
To stop your dog from pulling, you must deny him what he desires.
(1) Get ready to come to a complete stop.When your dog starts pulling on the leash in this manner, you must pull to a complete stop. You must not follow him, and you must not allow him to drag you even a few feet before coming to a halt.
(2) Identify the trigger.Now that you know he’ll pull at some point, stop as soon as your dog pulls the leash tight and you feel pressure on your hand.
(3) Exercise patience.To avoid injuring your dog, avoid moving and allowing your dog to release the tension on the leash. Move on when you feel slack on the leash.
(4) make a U-turn. Turn around and walk in a different direction to show the dog that pulling won’t get him what he wants.
(5) Repeat the process.When the leash is pulled, repeat the process. You must do this every time because if he gets away with pulling occasionally, even once in a while, he will continue to believe that it will get him what he wants.
It’s possible that you’ll have to call your dog over to you after you’ve stopped him.
Always praise him and show affection to the dog whenever you do this and call him with a command or when your pet walks back to you on his own.
Showing your dog that pulling on his leash will not get him what he wants and then rewarding him for returning to you (doing the right thing) will teach him what he is expected to do when on the leash.
It will take some time, but the majority of dogs will eventually figure it out.
3. Determine the Best Training Environment
When it comes to dog leash pulling training, you may need to start indoors at first, especially if your dog gets overly excited the moment you walk through the door.
Then, once your dog has learned to control his desire to pull inside, let him out.
You should also remove all distractions at first and start with small steps.
Even better, you can do it in your own backyard. Begin in your own backyard, with as few distractions as possible. Once your dog can walk without pulling, bring out other family members or pets that will make it want to pull. This is called “deliberate distraction.”
Continue to demonstrate to your pet that pulling on the leash will not get him what he wants, and that if he follows distractions, he will be punished.
When something is extremely exciting to the dog, it is likely that he will still try to pull.
For example, taking your dog to a public place like a dog park for the first few times will most likely be too much for him to handle.
Fortunately, most dogs become accustomed to controlling their excitement and learning what you require of them over time.
The importance of consistency cannot be overstated.
No matter where you are or how little time you have, you must stop the dog from pulling as soon as you feel lead tension.
4. Dog Leash Pulling Training Harnesses
Whether your dog is strong or not, small or large, there is always the risk that they will hurt themselves if they become distracted and pull on the leash excessively. To avoid this, avoid using collars (at least while training) and instead use no-pull harnesses, which are much safer for hyperactive and overly excited dogs.
5. Additional Dog Training Books to Read
Although the above short guide on dog leash pulling is simple and straightforward, if you’re still having trouble teaching yourself not to pull on your leash, you might want to read some more in-depth guides.
You can try a variety of training books, and most of them will provide you with useful advice, step-by-step instructions with pictures, and tips for the most common training issues. 101 Dog Tricks is my personal favorite because it is simple and does not overcomplicate things.
The majority of these dog training books are written by well-known dog trainers, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. All of them include detailed guides and extra tips, as well as plenty of photos to illustrate the author’s point.