Prevent your dog from pulling a leash
Posted on November 15 2018
Having a dog that pulls too much on his leash is necessarily a source of inconvenience. Outings are even more painful when this problem concerns a large dog. How to stop leash? Here are some tips that might help you.
The walks are activities essential for the dog, both physically and on the mental and emotional. They are also opportunities to strengthen the bonds that bind him to his master. However, when dealing with a dog that tends to pull very hard on the leash , these walks can become much less enjoyable. Especially since the days pass and the animal consolidates this bad habit.
Getting out your dog becomes quite discouraging and you sometimes want to shorten these sessions to avoid coming home with sore arms. Learning to walk on a leash is yet basic exercises of the canine education , as well as the cleanliness and obedience. Some simple readjustments may be sufficient to correct this deficiency. This is, of course, much easier to do in young dogs than in older ones.
Multiply the walks
In general, a dog who pulls a lot on his leash does so because something is focused on his attention . It may be other dogs, animals, children or new smells. By pulling on the leash, he tries to move faster towards his "target". In this case, it would be wise to take him to a place where it is possible to let him evolve without leash and push him to spend as much as possible.
The more efforts he has made, the less energy he will have to pull on the leash. By going for more walks each day, there is a good chance that he will reduce his tendency to shoot. In addition, infrequent walks cause a state of excitement in the dog while on a walk.
Choose a side
Learning to walk on the leash follows a number of basic rules. Among these, we must choose the side of which the dog will position in relation to you while walking. In France, the norm is that it is the left side . This option is dictated by various imperatives: the cars drive on the right side (they do not face the dog when it is on the left), you can shake the right hand of someone while holding your pet in the hand left and 2 masters can cross without problem by holding their dogs each on his right. It will then stick to this choice throughout the life of the dog.
Choose a leash
There is a wide variety of leash patterns. Rewinding devices with detent, long leashes, short leashes ... The choice is constantly expanded. For the dog to stop shooting, prefer long leashes , because the short ones encourage more the dog to tow you.
Impose your rhythm on him
In learning to walk as in everything, the dog must understand that you are the leader of the pack. The hierarchy is very important in the dog world. It regulates behavior to a great extent.
Pulling on the leash and walking in front of you, the dog tries to signify that he leads the dance. But it is precisely the opposite that must happen. You must impose your rules and your rhythm :
- Walk at your pace and get your dog to adapt. Do not accelerate if it does, on the contrary, slow down and vice versa
- If your dog takes a given direction, always take the opposite direction
- From time to time during the walk, stop abruptly and then resume your course in an equally unforeseen way. The dog will gradually become more attentive to your movements and will seek to adjust his pace on yours
- If your dog is doubling you , stop and give him a firm "no", then move him to another direction or force him to sit down
All of these exercises require time and patience to bear fruit. Do not be discouraged if the first sessions do not help. Persevere !