Pulling on Leash – How To Stop It

Leash Pulling Brings a Nice Dog Walk to a Fast End

 

Jim Burwell Dog Trainer

Have you “had it” with all the pulling on leash?

Are you ready for that great walk both you and your dog can enjoy?

The video below gives you one tip that just might be the ticket for you.

Equipment and Tools are Important

Sometimes it’s as much about equipment and tools as it is technique.

Here is the equipment and tools you need as you prepare yourself and your dog:

  • A bait pouch attached to your waist
  • Some high value treats
  • A 6’ leash

Fit your dog with either a:

  • Easy Walk Harness or
  • Gentle Leader

Either of these non-aversive tools offer the best control against pulling.

The Concept to Stop Leash Pulling

Let’s talk about your mindset first.

Sound familiar?: “I need to get my dog around the block for some exercise and a pee break.

If that’s how you think, let’s change your thinking – at least for the short run.

In other words, while you re-train your dog, don’t think you have to take your dog on long walks.

Spend time getting him focused on paying attention to you while walking on a slack leash.

The Technique

You can do this back and forth in front of your home.

Your walks will be made up of straight lines and circles.

Don’t be surprised if you do more circles than straight lines. At least at first.

Here’s the technique:

Your plan is to walk your dog in 5’ foot diameter circles for the attention you need.

If you heel your dog on your left, then you circle to the left. Look at it as “herding your dog.”

Timing is critical. As soon as he thinks about moving forward and before he forges ahead, cut him off with an abrupt circle to the left.

This move surprises him and makes him pay more attention to what you might do.

You can change to a straight line pattern after one or two circles, or after he starts paying attention.

Praise/treat when he pays attention and stays at heel.

You want to increase your straight line walking/heeling, as you decrease the need to circle left.

Spend your time using this technique back and forth in front of your home. Eventually you will be
enjoying those long walks with your dog.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

 

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