Training Your Dog Not to Pull
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Training Tip: Pulling
Some people like their dogs to drag them down the street. I don't. I'm getting too old
for that kind of workout. Besides when your dog is not walking nicely next to you,
accidents can happen, like accidentally knocking over a small child, dog scarfing up
something that could make him sick, getting run over, etc. That's why I am not in favor
a flexi-leash for walks. You have very little control of your dog. But how do you keep the
pup at your side? Here are some training tips. The more you do them the better the
- Keep the leash short but relaxed. If you keep the leash taut then the dog struggles to
get away and pulls. You want your dog to walk willingly next to you with a relaxed leash.
When the dog pulls, tightens the leash, you stop (every time he pulls, STOP). When he
looks back at you like, "Hey man, what's happening?", call the dog back and
praise mightily as he relaxes the leash and comes back to you to a heel position. Praise
the entire time he comes back, praise any step toward you and not away from you. Use a
squeak toy or treat (if you have to) to get the dog to come back to you willingly and
praise, praise praise.
- Also, you can try palming a treat or holding a favorite toy next to your thigh (train on
heel side and on right side), the dog should be more interested in your hand than pulling.
- Teach the dog to walk slowly. It's hard to drag you if he is walking slowly. Use the
command or queue "slow."
- When the dog walks at your side on a relaxed leash, say the command or queue "good
easy." When he pulls, say "easy." And lure him back.
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