Does Your Dog Pull On Leash?

It’s not just your dog! It takes two to pull.

Dogs do not pull if there is no one dangling at the end of the leash! Both you and your dog need to break old habits.

A Leash is to the Dog-Human connection like a seat-belt is to the car-driver connection.   Both are safety devices and often mandated by law. Just as we never use a seat-belt to drive our car, we should not use ca leash to “drive” our dogs.   A leash allows us a safe and effective connection to our dogs in case of surprises, emergencies, or situations where attention is hard to get or keep

Your dog pulls because someone, somewhere at some time, took a step when he put tension on the leash.   He continues to pull because it continues to be a rewarding experience. He pulls, and he gets to the car. He pulls and he gets to greet that other dog in class. He pulls and the neighbor lady across the street tells him how lovely he is, even though he is now not JUST pulling but is also climbing up the front of her with his muddy dog paws, to which she replies, “it’s ok, I don’t mind!”

What gets rewarded gets repeated.

Here is the elusive answer to the ever present question of HOW DO I TEACH MY DOG NOT TO PULL?? (Shhhhh – it’s a secret!)    Don’t walk forward if there is tension on the leash.

Sounds way too simple doesn’t it?

Simply POP every single time you note that the dog is about to put the slightest tension on the leash and the pulling will go away.   If you are consistent and don’t give up, he will learn it.  He will have good days and bad, but if you are diligent, he will figure it out.

When the dog is about to apply ANY tension to the leash at all …. Immediately stop. Pop the leash and say NO

When the dog stops pulling, PRAISE!…and encourage the dog back into the walk position

As long as the dog is in the magic spot of not pulling on the leash, make it the best possible place in the world to be. If he loses concentration and is about to put any tension on the leash, repeat the above sequence.

For further training with your dog, contact us today at Acme Canine, where we serve the Greater Columbus market in both class and personalized dog training.