How to prevent leash pulling

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How to prevent leash pulling

Have you had enough of the leash tug-of-war and want to enjoy a nice stroll with your dog? We’ve got you covered with these tricks to make leash training a breeze.

Start early

The earlier you start using a leash with your dog or puppy, the better. Allowing your dog to get used to wearing a leash is important and it’s also best to start at home where they don’t have as many distractions.

Some dogs that haven’t been on a leash yet, will often panic when they become restrained. Begin by associating the leash with delicious treats or fun toys and making the experience a positive one.

Time to sniff

Try to combine leash-walking with some off-leash time so your dog has some time to enjoy sniffing and going at their own pace. This sets the vibe that on-leash means cool, calm behaviour. If your dog is not the command-following type yet, find some off-leash dog parks in your area to enjoy.

Steps to success in preventing leash pulling

Ask your dog to sit next to your left leg.
• Hold a treat in your hand to get your dog’s attention.
• Step off with your left leg, while saying ‘heel’.
• As soon as they take off ahead, turn around and start walking in the opposite direction.
• As soon as your dog catches up and reaches the correct position next to your left leg say ‘heel’ and get their attention with a treat.
• Repeat the turn-around each time your dog surges ahead and correct them by saying ‘heel’.
• Initially reward them each time they are in the heel position and walking by your side, it also teaches them to look to you for direction. As they progress, get them to walk for a longer period beside you before they get the treat.

Remember to enjoy your walk and continue intermittently rewarding your dog for paying attention and walking with you. Once the behaviour is established, rewards can be in the form of treats, play or just simply a ‘good dog’ when they are doing the right thing.


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