Did you know that 82.7% of dogs pulled while on the lead?
Honestly, I get it. Trying to walk a dog that constantly pulls on the leash can be an embarrassing and frustrating experience that leaves you feeling defeated.
2 things that I thought would help
1. Pulling harder
2. Scold & get angry
...but that often leads to a breakdown in trust and a further strain on the relationship between my dog and me. I learn there are much better ways to train him to stop pulling on the leash.
Here are the 3 ways I've personally found successful (#3 is the best one):
#1 - Give heaps of treats:
Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool. Whenever your dog walks calmly beside you, reward them with high-value treats (their favourite dehydrated bison) and lots of praise. Over time, they'll learn that walking calmly on the leash is the behavior you want from them.
#2 - Leash at front D-ring:
Attaching the leash to the front D-ring of your dog's harness can help redirect their pulling. When your dog pulls, the front D-ring will gently steer them back towards you, giving you more control and preventing them from pulling away. Then follow with #1.
#3 - Use a short leash:
A shorter leash can help you maintain better control of your dog and communicate more effectively with them. With a shorter leash, you can give clear cues to your dog and keep them close to you, which can help them stay calm and focused on the walk. Look into adjustable or bungee alternatives if needed.
I hope these tips have been helpful to you. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and training your dog takes time and patience. But with a little persistence and a lot of love, you can teach your dog to walk calmly by your side.
Try this during your Easter Break and oh, give your furry friend a big belly rub from me, please!