While out for a walk with your dog, who’s pulling the leash? Is it you or your dog? In a perfect world neither of you should be jerking the other this way or that while out for a stroll, but too often one of you is dominating the show and many times it is your dog. But you can train your pooch to stop this annoying habit so read on for advice on how to do so.
Who’s pulling the leash?
It is important to understand our dogs learn habits by what we do and do not do. For example, when someone comes to your home and rings the doorbell your dog goes into a frenzy running to the door and barking non-stop. By allowing this behavior you are actually teaching your dog this kind of behavior is ok so they continue to do so. It is the same principle with who’s pulling the leash? Allowing your dog to lunge and pull you from side to side is sending an unwitting command to him this is ok when in fact it is not.
Some dogs of the hunting breed are going to go ballistic when they see a rabbit, cat, or squirrel cross their path while out for your walks. This is something you should be aware of and prepared for. Keeping a secure grip on the leash will prevent your hunter from breaking free and heading to parts unknown after the other animals.
Beginning your training for who’s pulling the leash? Training starts by not allowing the dog to dictate where he or she is going to walk. Rewarding your dog with a treat when they walk as you wish can be a good start, but this can also backfire when you think about just what is a reward to your dog. Some dogs will interpret you not correcting them for darting this way and that as a “reward” signaling this behavior is acceptable. So understand how and what your dog believes is a reward. All dogs can be trained to walk on a leash without the pulling, and constant struggle so many people go through when taking their doggy for a stroll. Age of the dog does not matter. What does matter is you understanding one or two walks are not going to produce a dog ready to stroll down the street like a show dog. Time and patience on your part are required and this might take many weeks to a few months.
Are your doggy walks a nightmare? Comments and tips are welcome below.