How to train your dog not to pull on the leash?
Many of dog owners have experienced the feeling of being walked by your dog rather than walking your dog. If your dog often acts like a kangaroo jumping in the end of the leash, this article is definitely for you. Remember that your dog might be trained and it only requires your patience and some time.
First of all, you should know why your dog seems to be some nervous when going to have a walk with you. The main reason is that there are more interested things and sights than you: other dogs, people, some scents etc. Do not lie to yourself – all of those factors will always be there so to prevent the unwanted behaviour in your dog you should train it to respect your presence at all times.
To train your dog not to pull on the leash you will need a training collar, a leash and eventually, some treats. Find some space (it might be even your garden) without any disturbing factors and where you are able to walk in a straight line or in a circle. Place a training collar on your dog and attach the leash to the live ring of the collar. Remember to place the leash correctly in your hand: put the loop over the thumb of your hand and make a fist – you have to make sure you have control over the leash at all times. However, remember to take some precautions and not to put your entire hand through the loop of the leash as you might fall down in case your dog pulls it suddenly. Plant both hands firmly against your belt buckle, start walking and communicate it to your dog. Before your dog gets to the end of the leash, say its name and slowly make an about-turn to your right, and walk in the opposite direction. The way you’re holding the leash a tug on your dog’s collar is made and so it turns your pooch in the new direction. Make your turn with determination and keep your hands firmly planted against your belt buckle. Turn and keep walking in the new direction. There is no need you worry about your dog as it will get accustomed fast.
Remember that at the beginning it might result complicated to control your dog and especially if it is an adult dog with its habits. However, be patient and take your time and your dog will catch up quickly!
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