Taking your dog out for a leisurely walk can turn into a tug-of-war if your dog has not been taught leash manners.
1. Comfortable Space
Ensure you have somewhere to train where your dog is not distracted; you can even start in the house or backyard.
2. Stop and Change Direction
When he pulls, immediately stop and stand completely still until the leash relaxes, either by your dog taking a step back or turning around to give you focus. When the leash is nicely relaxed, proceed on your walk. Repeat this as necessary.
3. Keep To Your Side
Your dog should remain at your side at all times. If your dog starts to lead, stop, wait for him to return to your side, then proceed. You can motivate your dog to stay at your side with a verbal or physical (treat) reward. Repeat this as necessary.
4. Be Unpredictable
Once your dog is listening to you more, vary the picture even more by becoming unpredictable yourself. This means your dog has to listen to you at all times because he never knows when you are going to turn or where you are going to go next. Do figure eights, or take sharp turns. Always praise your dog for complying. This reinforces that he is rewarded when he is next to you.
5. Keep Training Short
Only 10-15 minutes a day is fine. This keeps you and your dog from being frustrated, and it keeps your dogs attention before he gets bored.
If you need more tips check out this video to Stop Your Dog From Pulling.
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