How to Train Your Dog Not to Pull on the Leash

Keeping your dog leashed while walking in public places helps them stay safe, clean, and disease-free. But what if you don’t even have the confidence to get your pup outside because they won’t take a step forward? If your dog pulls on a leash, that can be another stressor that leads to increased risks. Knowing how to manage your dog on a leash is very important in public spaces. It’s essential to train your dog not to pull on the leash and make it enjoyable for them and you. Here are some steps to help you get your dog walking:

 

Proper Equipment

Good training starts with the right equipment. There are many types of leashes and harnesses you can use to train loose leash walking or prevent pulling. We recommend a front clip harness, such as the Blue-9 balance harness. These can help discourage your dog from pulling and are safer than dogs pulling from a collar which can cause damage to their trachea. A regular flat leash is also recommended over the retractable leash. Retractable leashes can be dangerous, especially if your dog pulls, and can even teach them to pull more—the constant tension and shortening and lengthening means there’s never slack in the leash. Too much force can break the retractable and cause harm to you, your dog or people nearby. The best equipment is the type that does not hurt your dog and helps you while training.

How to Train Your Dog Not to Pull on the Leash

Start Practicing At Home

Before you take your training to the sidewalk or on trails, practicing your training techniques at home can be super beneficial. Start in the house off-leash and get your dog’s attention and reward when by your side. This will get them used to looking for and understanding cues when walking. You can begin training and walking around your yard, where there are more distractions than inside the home. Allow your dog to sniff or go potty. It is normal, fun and mentally stimulating for them to smell their surroundings on their outdoor adventures. 

 

Reward and Positive Reinforcement

Rewarding your dog is vital in helping them progress with their training. Rewarding your dog with treats at specific times will reinforce behaviours and actions you would like them to keep offering. Handing a treat over at the right time is the key. For example, reward your dog with treats when they walk by your side, so they understand which action reaps the reward. Rewards can be more than treats. Another way to reward your dog is by allowing them to play, sniff or pee around the area. By allowing some time for themselves, the training environment will help them feel safe and comfortable.

 

The last tip you’ll need is patience. Teaching how to train your dog not to pull on the leash requires patience and consistency. Training may take some time, but with you and your pup’s determination to practice a little bit every day, you’ll soon be able to enjoy walking around with pleasure and ease. Check out our dog walking services for more information! At Poop’d Out, we can also help reinforce the leash training you’ve taught when we take your pup out for a walk.

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