A New Leash on Life: Tips To Get Your Pup To Stop Pulling You On A Walk
Ever See The Determination In Your Pup’s Eyes When You Take Them On A Walk… You’re Not Alone.
Walks provide pups with a sense of freedom and wonder of the outdoors. However, if you are wondering how that perfectly behaved pup in the park stands next to their owner with no problems…we have a few tips on how to achieve that sense of calm with your baby.
Why Dogs Pull On A Leash:
Before we head into the tips and tricks, it is important to understand why your dog has this type of pulling behavior. As with any training, knowing the “whys” can always help with being able to prevent your pup’s from doing it in the future. The fact is dogs pull on the leash because it is their normal behavior. It is natural. It gets them to where they want to go rather than waiting. It also allows them to pick their own pace rather than letting you decide. However, they aren’t dragging you to be dominant, they are doing it because it works for them and they feel like they aren’t in trouble. Imagine your last walk and where you were placed in relation to your pup. If you are behind them, they feel in control and are pulling to maintain that. In their cute little minds, they feel rewarded as the walk continues and they continue to lead.
All Dogs Are Not Trained The Same
Different training methods work for different pups. The key to training your four-legged friends is to find what motivates your pup and to “run” with it. For some, the tree method works but for others, it ends up with their pup pulling harder. The tree method is standing firm next to your pup as they begin to pull. This lets them know that you’re not moving and not “standing” for that behavior. While this can work, some pups that experience excitability will continue to pull hoping you’ll move along with them. For some, loose leash walking works better than a tight grasp. We’re always here to give you options and to help find a solution.
Top Training Tips
Start in a remote area:
By starting your training with new ways to walk about town, it’s important to begin the lessons in a place where there aren’t too many distractions. This will allow your pup to stay focused and learn the differences you are teaching them. It will also prevent them from excessive excitability.
Decide your walking method:
Secondly, you need to decide which walking method you are going to teach your fur baby to follow. This is where they will start learning what behavior is acceptable and give you command of the leash. What does this mean for you? Choose the side you are going to walk on, choose where you want them to be, choose the pace you want to set for the walk, and the length of leash you want to give them. Once you have selected it, stick with it. This is where they will learn the repetitive nature of what your walks should consist of.
Use treats to encourage good behavior:
If your pup stops in his tracks or continues bad behavior when you are trying to train them, you can always use treats to keep them motivated to continue the training. By encouraging them to walk the way you want and rewarding them with a treat, you can show them that positive things can come from listening to what you are teaching them.