It’s almost time to take your dog for a walk but first you need to get mentally prepared. You are about to go for a walk with your dog… which should be an enjoyable experience but your anxiety is kicking in about your dog pulling on the leash the entire walk. By the time you return from you walk, you are completely exhausted from trying to hold onto the leash the hold time.
It’s time to get your dog to stop pulling on the leash.
Take a look at the tips below!
Always Use the Same Leash
Using the same leash is important for each walk. The leash should not be retractable as this basically gives your dog permission to pull. The dog thinks…
“If I pull, she will give me more room to roam.”
The leash should be relatively short (not overly short but 5-6 feet is good) so your dog understands he should stay next to you for the duration of the walk.
Don’t Let Him Pull You
You should never allow your dog to pull you.
This is an area where you must remain consistent. If you aren’t consistent and allow the dog to pull sometimes, he won’t understand why you’re upset when he pulls other times.
Reward Good Behavior
If your dog is paying attention to you, reward him in some way. This could be in the form of praise or a low-calorie treat.
Walking with a Harness
Walking with a harness can help significantly. Petsafe recently released their new product, the Petsafe Easy Walk Harness , that discourages your dog from pulling while walking on the leash. This product is particularly helpful for those who are beginner dog guardians.
The leash is comfortable for your dog, too. So, you don’t have to worry about your dog being uncomfortable on your walk. Instead of putting pressure on the dog’s throat (like a traditional collar and leash), the easy-walk harness puts the pressure on their chest making it easier to train them to walk on a leash properly.