Basic Training

Basic Training: Stop Unwanted Pulling on the Leash

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 (  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. Theresa S.

    Nov 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

    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. Glenda

    Feb 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Great tips. Will try incorporating this with my dog.

  3. Erik Nunyabizness

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

    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. Nancy Clement Caron

    Mar 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

    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. brittany

    Mar 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

    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. Fredi Mondore

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm

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

  7. Andrea yeargin

    Mar 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

    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. Connie

    Mar 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    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. Dana Baker-Pearlman

    Mar 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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

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