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Pulling on the lead isn’t always fun
Let’s face it, taking a dog for a walk who pulls on the lead is absolutely no fun. It’s no fun for you when your arms are being torn out of your shoulder sockets and it’s no fun for the dog who ends up getting more frustrated than you do and so just pulls even harder. And beside, no one wants to look like Ben Hur in a chariot race whilst on their way to get the morning paper.
Now there are an assortment of anti pull contraptions on the market including collars, harnesses and leads that promise to stop your dog pulling instantly but to be honest, these are nothing more than short term fixes at best and instruments of torture at worst.
Then there is the lead correction or lead jerk as it is commonly known, often accompanied by a number of strange sounds you are required to make or various contortions you have to go through in order to achieve the elusive ‘loose lead’. To be honest, all these so called ‘proven techniques’ are about as much use as a chocolate tea-pot, will not stop your dog from pulling on the lead and will only result in you getting some very strange looks whilst doing nothing whatsoever for your street cred.
At the end of the day, the only way to ensure your dog doesn’t pull on it’s lead is to train him not to pull.
There are a number of reasons why dogs pull on the lead such as hyper-excitement after being in the house all day to the oppositional reflex. There are a whole raft of other reasons in-between so unless you understand the mechanics of taking a dog for a walk on the lead, you’re going to continue to struggle.
On Lead Dog Training
At Living With Wolves we teach you how to teach your dog to walk sensibly on a loose lead. We go into detail as to why dogs do things, how to spot and pre-empt them and show the importance of your dog focusing on you which will also help with other issues.We do all your initial training in a private controlled environment where no hidden surprises such as dogs suddenly appearing out of nowhere will disrupt your training. We can then, when both you and your dog are confident enough, put everything into practise in the big wide world.