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Pulling on leash

Bijgewerkt op: 23 sep. 2020

One of the most common frustrations with dog owners is their dog pulling on a leash during a walk.

This post will focus on walking with a loose leash, not the competitive walking exercise from obedience. In my opinion this is the most pleasant way to walk your dog, both for you and your dog.

In contradiction of what’s commonly thought, a dog doesn’t pull to show his dominance. The reason why is actually pretty logical.

Let’s take a look at why your dog pulls before we work on a solution.

Why does my dog pull on a leash?

Walking is a very stimulating and pleasant experience for your dog. Because of all the smells and impressions he receives, he’s often very excited when you go on a walk. Because of this enthusiasm, the urge to move forward is often very present. Because the walking pace of humans is considerably slower than that of most dogs, we really aren’t the most ideal walking partner. This of course also results in pulling.

Teaching a dog to walk in a calm state next to his owner while in reality all he wants to do is run around, asks for a lot of self control of the dog. He will need to control his urge to run around to be able to walk at the pace of his human. That’s not as easy for each dog.

Still it’s pretty important to teach your dog how to walk alongside you to make sure the walk is a pleasant experience for everyone.

How to teach your dog not to pull the leash?

  • If you do not have the physical capabilities to manage your dog, there are dog-friendly harnesses that might still make it possible for you to walk your dog.

  • Be consistent: All too often I see dog owners only having the energy to train their dog for a few feet before giving in to the pulling of the dog. When you’re not consistent, your dog won’t understand what you expect of him.

  • Often pulling doesn’t stop because the dog realises that