How To Stop My Dog From Pulling On The Leash

There are 6 effective ways to stop a dog from pulling on the leash.

Dogs have a different agenda than their human companions when it comes to going for a walk. Humans prefer to walk in a systematic manner along a sidewalk or trail. Dogs follow their noses wherever they want to go. Humans move at a slow and deliberate pace. Dogs move at different speeds depending on how long they need to take in one scent before moving on to the next.
All of this can lead to a love-hate relationship when it comes to going for walks with your dog, especially if your dog has a habit of dragging you down the sidewalk every time you leave the door. Do you have a dog that pulls on its leash? This is the course of action you should take.

Use a harness with a chest strap.

When it comes to walking your dog, having the right equipment can make all the difference. If your dog pulls, a chest-led harness, which attaches the leash to a clip on your dog’s chest rather than the collar around his neck, may be the solution.
Dogs have a natural tendency to push against pressure applied to certain parts of their bodies in the opposite direction. When they feel the tug of the leash around their neck, for example, they tend to pull forward. They resist being pushed to sit down when you push on their back.
Using a chest-led harness works with this “opposition reflex” by changing their direction instead of pulling against them. Use it in combination with your dog’s traditional collar so that he is always wearing his identification when you’re outside.

Don’t reinforce bad behavior.

When your dog begins pulling, resist the urge to yell at him or yank on the leash. But don’t give up, either. You reinforce your dog’s bad behavior by allowing him to pull you along. Instead, stand still for a few minutes the next time he begins to pull. Continue walking only when he comes back toward you and lets go of the leash.
Praise him for relaxing, then slowly resume walking. Repeat the process as needed until your dog learns that the only way forward is when he’s walking alongside you or a few steps in front of you on a loose leash.

Don’t be predictable.

When he begins to pull, another effective tactic is to reverse direction. As you begin walking in a different direction, stop and say “Let’s go” or “This way.” Praise your dog every time he follows your instructions and comes to your side. Walking around the neighborhood this way may take a long time at first, but after a while, he’ll find that the best place for him to walk is right beside you.

Make odor stops along your route.

For an animal that learns about the world around him through its sense of smell, walking in a straight line on a concrete sidewalk can be extremely boring. While good leash behavior is important, make a note of a few smelly spots along the way where your dog can stop, sniff, and leave his mark. Not only is this a great way to reward him for his good behavior, but it also provides excellent mental stimulation as he processes all of the smells he inhales.
Because each smelly stop is a reward, when you decide it’s time to move on, say “let’s go” or “this way.”

Positive behavior should be rewarded.

Use small treats to reward your dog’s progress as you work to leash-train him. He’ll quickly discover that being on a leash is both enjoyable and delicious! Reduce the number of treats you give him as he improves his leash manners, but never forget to praise him. That’s something you should do as often as possible to remind your dog of the desired behavior.

Most importantly, be patient.

This may be the most challenging aspect of the training. It can be aggravating to have to start, stop, change directions, and constantly monitor your dog’s progress. It’s just as important to make sure you’re in the right mindset before you leave the house as it is to use the right equipment, give the right reward, and train consistently. Our dogs are exceptionally good at detecting our emotions. We never want them to be afraid or hesitant to accompany us.
Fortunately, if you have patience and consistency, you will enjoy your daily walks as much as your dog does. Walking is a beneficial activity for both humans and dogs in terms of mental, physical, and emotional health. Happiness is contagious and benefits all of us.