How Do I Train My Dog to Walk on Leash Without Pulling?

While taking walks outside your home, a leash will always come in handy to help control your dog. Another reason for a leash on dogs is for safety. However walking with a dog who keeps pulling his leash can be stressful to walk with.

You might end up battling anxiety every time you think about going for a walk with your dog. A dog might pull his leash for various reasons among them being distractions.

If your dog is not able to ignore other dogs, for example, he will pull the leash in an attempt to break free. Also, some dogs just love to pull their leash hence you will have to keep up. Once dogs are outdoors on a leash they just want their freedom.

If you are looking to enjoy more walks with your dog. Then you have to train him to walk on a leash without pulling. I presume by wanting to know how to train your dog you are ready for the training.

Let us go right in and look at some training guidelines which you can follow.

Do body warming exercises with the dog before going on training

Some exercises before you head out to train always work magic. If you exercise with your dog before you take him on training. The dog will have let go of some energy from the body.

If your dog was mood less, some exercising might make him ready for what is ahead. If you are looking forward to some positive feedback from the training, exercise.

Train in a quiet environment

Training your dog to walk on a leash without pulling will require somewhere quiet. If you are in an environment full of distracting objects, your training efforts might be futile. With an environment where your dog can concentrate.

Then you are set for possible success. Once you have the right environment, clip on your dog’s leash. He probably might start pulling immediately. If such a scenario happens, be patient and wait for him to settle.

Begin on your first step

Once the leash is intact, you now should be able to take a step forward. Don’t take several steps. Just one is enough for testing the responsiveness of the dog.

If your dog hates leashes so much, he will immediately start pulling. Once he pulls, just stand and stay calm. Call your dog by name, if he turns and looks at you, gives him a treat.

For dog training purposes, treats are like a necessity. They will help save you from your dog’s behavior any day. With a treat, your dog will associate turning towards your direction with good behavior which deserves treats.

Begin the walk

Once you have his attention, you can now begin the walk. Walk at various paces. You can begin slowly but as you go on, increase your pace. As you walk you can tell if your dog is pulling on the leash. If the leash is loose, then your fur friend is cooperating.

He deserves a treat, turns back, and give him one. Such training is known as positive reinforcement. The treats won’t be there all the time.

Once your dog has learned all he can, you can withdraw the very many treats. Also as you walk, you don’t have to keep a straight line.

The intent is to have your dog stop pulling on the leash Therefore various directions of walking can help fast with the training.

Make your dog understand the reason behind the treats

As you progress, start going slow on the treats. Each loose leash doesn’t have to call for a treat. Once you make the treats rare and only give one after some time, your dog will begin to understand some factors.

For example, if he cooperates as you walk and you have done several steps together without the pulling, give him a treat.

Remember you have come from a treat each step to a treat after ten steps. Such actions will have the dog infer why you are giving him treats. Once he understands why then he might begin to enjoy the walking.

His pulling might completely stop hence making walks with your dog more fun.

Encourage your dog to work for what he wants

Your dog should be able to enjoy a walk by getting to have an interaction with the environment. Along the way, as you walk, your dog might see what he likes and pull towards a particular direction.

Take a step towards the place, let us say he has taken note of some shrubs and want to sniff. If he pulls you, take a step back and walk in the opposite direction. If he keeps pulling, call him by his name and if he looks at you, give a command like ‘STOP’.

A cooperating dog will stop and follow you. As part of rewarding him for his cooperation, walk towards the shrubs and let him sniff and spend some quality time. The trick here is to have a dog who gets a treat because he deserves the treat and not as bribery.

Sometimes too many treats might have you dealing with a dog who only behaves because he will get a treat. There is beauty in your dog behaving well because they know the behavior is right.

Discourage on-leash greetings

Your dog will probably want to go play with another dog you meet on the way. If you allow the dog to greet the other dog, a struggle might even ensue.

Your dog will probably want to break free to go play. Such a scenario can lead to greater repercussions.

When you see other dogs on leash while you take a walk with your dog. Keep a safe distance, also remember distractions when training is not acceptable.

Having a dog whose focus is only on the training gives better results at the end of the day.

Take note, when training your dog not to pull while on leash. Always remember repetition forms habit. The more you train the perfect your dog becomes.

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