Often having one or two dog training lessons can save you months or even years of difficulty. Seek out trainers in your area.
Step Three: Short-term management
Walking Walk your dog in uninteresting areas until they learn to walk without pulling. If all they have to look at is a high brick wall ahead, or your backyard, chances are they will stop pulling. Practice giving the, commands when you walk them so that the walk is under your control.
Other fun Ensure your dog has enough mental stimulation, as well as physical. Try rotating toys around and give them mentally challenging ones such as food-releasing toys.
If your dog is sociable, you can take them to off-leash areas, arriving by car. Then you do not have to use a leash. You should be able to recall your dog to you, however, when they are off leash.
Step Four: Long-term solution
The best solution to walking your dog comfortably is to train them to. So many owners wait in vain for their dog to improve their walking habits. Instead we must teach them how. Or, at the very least, reward them each time they 'accidentally' walk well.
Build up your techniques gradually, starting in easy locations. For instance you could put a lead on your dog and walk them inside your home. Then you might walk them in your backyard. Then take them in your front yard.
During these easy walks, give your dog the "walk" command and reward them with treats or praise when they are calmly walking by your side. This is how dogs learn.
With time, take them out into the streets. THis may result in pulling on the lead again, so remember to issue a command. Or try this on your way home from the park, when your dog is tired.
If your dog is simply super-exuberant about their walk, you could try the following...
Halters Use a head halter to walk your dog. Choose a brand that suits you and your dog and have it fitted correctly. Get your dog used to wearing it by rewarding them with treats, praise or pats when you put it on. Head halters allow you to control your dog’s movements, keeping you in charge of the walk.
If you find a head halter too hard, try a halter that loops under your dog's forearms. Beware of harnesses that allow your dog to pull you along.
Puppy won't walk
Puppies sometimes are reluctant to leave home and lie down on their first walks. To encourage them to walk, get them used to wearing their collar and lead at home. Walk them around your backyard or pull their lead on and take them to their food bowl. This will make it a positive experience.
Outdoors, you should walk your pup in a quiet location to start with. A busy street may be overwhelming. Imagine all the sights, sounds and smells! In no time, however, your pup will get used to this and will start to look forward to their walks.
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