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 a 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.
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At Acme Canine , we offer classes for Greater Columbus to help you and your dog have a better experience walking . To learn more about our next “Walking Without Pulling” class contact us today.