Understanding how to stop your dog from pulling is something that every dog owner needs to overcome to walk their dog.
Many dog behavioral problems also stem from the fact that the dog is dragging you along the street. To put it, your dog thinks it is in charge of the walk, or in dog terms, it sees itself as the pack leader!
There are so many gadgets, leads, and collars out there, but none of them can solve the problem if your dog thinks it is in charge.
All these devices will attempt to divert your dog’s energy elsewhere or cause pain in an attempt to stop you from pulling. If you find yourself correcting your dog every 30 seconds, then there is something fundamentally wrong.
The funny thing is this. Your dog knows how to walk nicely on the lead. It is far more than only training it. You have to at first convince it you are the pack leader.
Think of it like this. Your dog understands that somebody has to be the leader on the walk, and your dog is only taking the lead!
It is more of a psychological battle than a physical one, at least it should be. This first stage of the walk ensures that you are the pack leader inside the house before you look to venture out, as no dog will let you take control over the walk (the most dangerous place compared to the den) if you are not in control inside.
Here are some essential tips to try before you venture out:
After bringing out your dog’s lead, wait until your dog calms down, even if this takes a while, and only attach it when your dog is calm.
Never rush this stage.
First, you need to learn how to stop your dog from pulling inside your house or property before going outside – some fantastic videos show all of this.
Walk first around the house, going around the tables and furniture in your home with your dog following you.
If your dog pulls out in front of you, then change direction, leaving your dog behind you.
If your dog drags backward, then gently hold the lead firm for 10 seconds, then calls your dog to follow. They have no other options and so will follow you if you are patient.
Control the doorways – you should always walk through the doors first when your dog is on the lead.
Practice walking in and out of the front doorway with you going first – keep doing this until your dog relaxes and gives up waiting for you to make the next move
Check your posture – make sure that you are relaxed and calm and that your shoulder is down, and your arm is straight at the elbow.
Of course, there is a big difference between actually watching how to stop your dog from pulling and reading about it! While I can give you all the advice in written form, there is nothing quite like being shown on a video.
One such site is run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan who uses a gentle but very practical dog training approach. You will learn exactly what steps to take to establish yourself as the pack leader on the website. The Online Dog Trainer is great for owners who want to understand and treat the cause of their dog’s problems and not just use a band-aid solution.