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A dog pulling on his leash makes going out difficult . And under such conditions, it cannot be entrusted to a child or even to an elderly person in whom physical exertion is a test . Such behavior is unacceptable and spoils the pleasure of sharing a ride with your pet. We must react without waiting so that this bad habit disappears as quickly as possible.

My dog ​​is pulling on his leash


Why does a dog pull on its leash?


Except if it is because it has just seen the neighbour's cat and wishes to pursue it, if a dog pulls on its leash at each exit it is because it is poorly educated . When this behavior is well established, it is usually for one of the following reasons:
The dog pursues a track spotted thanks to its powerful flair,
  • The dog does not channel his energy: walking raises the level of excitability to its paroxysm so that he will obviously spend his time pulling forward, to the right or to the left.
  • The dog does not listen to his master and seems to do as he pleases because his breeder has not been able to establish a good relationship between him and his little companion. He is therefore not considered a referent by his animal.
  • The master has always contented himself with "following" his dog without ever preventing him from pulling on his leash.

The reproach is to be made to the master and not to the dog, because if the latter systematically adopts this unbearable attitude , it is precisely because his master has never stopped him. However, learning to walk on a leash without pulling is part of the BABA of dog training and any dog ​​owner should start by instilling this basic principle in his animal. It is of course necessary to try to understand the reasons which push the dog to pull on its leash to find the solution allowing to quickly modify this behavior.

Buy an anti-pull harness to train a dog who pulls on his leash


In the most recalcitrant dogs, because it is a bit late to train them, we can of course use the anti-traction harness. This equipment is particularly well studied . The padded anti-traction harness is recommended, thanks to which the pressure due to the traction is distributed over a larger body surface and no longer only on the neck as with a collar. The ideal is to opt for a harness with four adjustment points so that it adapts perfectly to the morphology of the animal, and provided with two attachment loops , one at the chest of the dog and the another on the back. Thanks to this design, this anti-strain equipment is perfect for:
  • Guarantee optimum comfort for the animal,
  • Train your dog without hurting him,
  • Quickly reduce pulls on the leash,
  • Control the direction of the animal very easily by directing its head towards its owner as soon as he shoots.

The budget to be devoted to this type of harness varies according to the models and sizes, the brand and the brand that markets it. Its price is included in a range of 30 to 60 $ .

Learn to walk on a leash so that the dog no longer pulls on its leash


All dogs must - from an early age - learn to walk on a leash and without pulling. The best way to do this is to apply the following rules :
  • Start by choosing a place to walk that is as quiet as possible. The countryside is ideal. This allows the dog to stay focused and not to be unduly stimulated by disturbing elements (crowds, cars, other animals, etc.).
  • Leave a sufficient length of lead.
  • During the first educational walks, do not talk to your animal or establish physical contact such as petting for example during exercises.
  • To upset his dog by systematically taking the opposite direction to his when he pulls his leash forward, to one side or the other in order to capture his attention on the direction desired by his master. It is also very important if this does not give any result to stop as soon as the dog adopts a bad attitude so that he integrates the principle that if he pulls on his leash he will not be able to move forward. After a few exercises, the animal will eventually understand that it is possible to continue the ride only when the leash is relaxed .
  • Congratulate him by speaking if he is obedient or encourage him to follow the direction taken by his master either by speaking to him or by explicit gestures (hitting himself on a leg for example).
  • Include in the course of the breaks dedicated to the game as soon as the dog shows good will by pulling less (or by not pulling at all) on its leash.
  • After a few days, complicate the exercise by randomly modifying radical changes in gait , without warning your animal (walk slowly, walk quickly, run, rotate 360 ​​°, etc.).
  • End each session with a positive exercise that the dog appreciates a lot, such as a ball game, for example, which is essential for the animal to release tension . He will come home relaxed and happy.

Of course, the master must always be very consistent in his attitude, remain calm and educate his little companion in the greatest possible serenity . But you have to opt for zero tolerance at all costs as soon as the dog pulls on his leash. Of course, respect for the animal is essential and it is essential to be patient because it is not in a single educational walk that the dog can integrate all that is expected of him. He must be able to progress at his own pace , step by step, so that his concentration is optimal.

After a few sessions, the dog should be able to follow his master step by step or walk alongside him without trying to overtake him. In any case, he must neither pull forward nor sideways and remain very attentive to the orders of his educator . This is the time to change sectors to get your dog used to not pulling on his leash, even in a place where there are many stimuli.
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