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Basic Training: Stop Unwanted Pulling on the Leash

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In order to stop a dog from pulling it is important to know why it is happening. There are many reasons but the main one is because the behavior is reinforced. What this means is that the dog realizes that when it pulls, it gets things that it enjoys. Because of this the dog continues to pull. To remedy this we need to show our dogs that when they pull, they do not get anything they like.

Another important step is to show them that when they walk on a loose leash, they get what they want.  It is important to be very strict with this. If you want a dog to walk on a loose leash you cannot allow the dog to pull at all anymore.

Here is a video to help!

Kevin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org)  and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club. He currently resides in Ohio with his dog, V, a six-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix, where he operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, LLC, specializing in helping build positive relationships between humans and their canine companions using clear communication, not pain and fear. For more training tips and tricks, and to meet his amazing dog, V,  follow him on Facebook by clicking here.

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  1. Avatar Of Theresa S.

    Theresa S.


    I got my 110 pound Lab/Weimaraner mix when she was about a year old. Family circumstances meant I didn’t have any time to try to train her until now (we do have a fenced yard). About a month ago she made a sudden left turn that put me on the ground on my hip and elbow, and the shoulder pain has been so bad I’m having an MRI later today. Assuming my shoulder is okay and just needs strengthening, do you have any suggestions? I’m ready to try a choke collar, as much as I hate the things!

  2. Avatar Of Glenda Glenda says:

    Great tips. Will try incorporating this with my dog.

  3. Avatar Of Erik Nunyabizness

    Erik Nunyabizness


    If the dog gets what he wants for negative behavior, he’ll do negative things. If the dog gets what he wants from positive behavior, he’ll act positive. Gee, how insightful…

  4. Avatar Of Nancy Clement Caron

    Nancy Clement Caron


    Great tips , I love watching these , I just got a new puppy she is 14 weeks ,and will try every one on my new little shih szu

  5. Avatar Of Brittany



    Do you have any advice on how to make it easier to walk your dog while also pushing a baby stroller? I am definitely going to use this to get my dog to stop pulling. But when i take my daughter with us he will walk next to her and then try to go in front, he also pulls a lot more when I have the stroller than without it.

  6. Avatar Of Fredi Mondore

    Fredi Mondore


    Good job! Gentle training gives excellent results! Give you an A+

  7. I loved it. Thought it was very easy to understand. I have a 85lb Pitt bull who really makes taking him for a walk horrible. I’m going to try Kevin’s technique

  8. Avatar Of Connie



    how do I get my dog to stop jumping on me while we are walking. The dog is not the greatest walker on a leash. I will start using the training ,,,stop unwanted pulling on the leash. but sometimes when we are walking all of a sudden he will just turn around and jump on me. He is a year old goldendoodle about 65 pounds.

  9. Avatar Of Dana Baker-Pearlman

    Dana Baker-Pearlman


    great video and great reinforcement for ME; working on this with my pup

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