Your dog pulling on their lead is not unusual - this is something that many dog owners struggle to overcome. Training your dog not to pull requires empathy and patience.
Going out for a walk is the highlight of your dog’s day. And when dogs have fun, they rarely walk anywhere - they gait or trot. Also, dogs have four legs and we only have two – our walking pace is far too slow for an average sized healthy dog who’s excited about being out and about.
You don’t need to run everywhere with your dog. But increasing your walking speed a little will go a long way to making both your lives easier.
Also, smell is your dog’s primary sense. Dogs absorb the vast majority of their information via what they can smell, so their urge to pull towards different odours is incredibly strong.
Once you understand these points, it’s easier to start training your dog to walk on a loose lead. Here are a few hints and tips.
No matter why you’re struggling to stop your dog pulling, walking aids can seem like miracle cures. There are two types of walking aids, head collars and body harnesses.
Head collars such as ‘Dogmatics’ or ‘Gencons’ work on a similar principle to the head collars horses wear. Dogs find it more difficult to pull against the nose strap and therefore don’t try unless there is a really big distraction. Even then the strength of their pull is nowhere near as strong as it would be if they were just wearing a collar.
It can take time for some dogs to get used to wearing something around their faces so use lots of treats and praise to get them used to it.
Body harnesses that have attachments both on the back and the front can be very effective in reducing pulling, especially in larger breeds.
If you’re still struggling to train your dog to walk on a loose lead contact our Pet Support Team.