How To Stop Leash Pulling In 5 Minutes

5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Stop Pulling on the Leash


On the other hand, dogs aren’t born knowing how to behave and react when they’re on a leash!

At times, young dogs and puppies may refuse to walk on a leash.

However, in order to have a well-trained and well-behaved dog, it must learn to walk nicely on a leash!

Professionals Use These Tricks to Get a Dog to Walk Calmly on a Leash:

5. Use the same leash every time.

Retractable and flexi leash users are setting their dogs up for failure.

Before he pulls you, the dog should know exactly how much space he has to roam.

So, I don’t mind if you have 4 or 6 foot leashes and like to switch them out with the seasons, but please keep the leash length consistent.

For beginner dogs, I prefer a 6-foot leash.

Before he begins to pull, the dog will learn that he has 5 and a half feet of space.

Yes, dogs are capable of comprehending this!

4. Do Not Let Him Pull

Bad habits can develop quickly!


Allowing your dog to pull you is not a good habit.

I don’t care how much my dog wants to go for a walk, sniff the fire hydrant, or even pee (I know, that last one sounds cruel), he doesn’t need to pull me to do any of these things!

It is confusing for the dog if you allow him to pull you on occasion but not on others.

Make it a habit not to let this behavior get out of hand.

I assure you, it is far easier to prevent this from happening in the first place than it is to try to change it later.

3. Take a different path

Change your direction if your dog isn’t paying attention to you or appears to be distracted by what’s in front of him.

I simply go the other way, locking my arm and hand to prevent them from pulling and jarring.

Yes, the dog corrects himself (which is why I lock my arm and hand to prevent them from being pulled).

I joke with my clients that I almost want my dog to believe I have bipolar disorder.

He learns to keep an eye on me if he never knows which way I’ll turn!

Yes, he can keep an eye on you while sniffing and enjoying a good time!

2. Keep your right hand on the leash.

This is something I’ve stated in numerous articles and training videos.

If your dog is on your left side and your leash is in your left hand, you are more likely to pull and strangle him.

Strangling your dog with the leash in your right hand and the dog on your left side is nearly impossible.

Although the dog has plenty of room to make a mistake, you can correct it by changing your direction.

If you pull on your dog too much, he will pull back on you!


1. Recognize and reward appropriate behavior.

I recently stated the same thing!

Reward your dog when he looks at you or pays attention to you at all!

We want our dogs to pay attention to us, but we rarely give them praise or treats for doing so.

When you see something you like, let him know.

Give him something to eat.

I congratulate him.

He enjoys being petted.

Alternatively, take his toy and play a game with him.

Encourage your dog to look at you and communicate with you.

He’s not paying attention to everything else around him if he’s paying attention to you.

Let me repeat that.


That’s a fantastic idea.

I don’t mind my dog “being a dog” and sniffing and enjoying fun, but she must never pull me. AND, when she chooses to be near me and give attention to me, I recognize and reward her generously!