One of the biggest gripes dog owners experience is their dog pulling on the lead.
Dogs have a LOT of energy, so it’s always a good idea to run them around a bit before attempting to train them to walk on the lead. This will help get that crazy out of them before attempting to start training.
- Start your training in a familiar environment
- The less distractions the better
- Start in the backyard and venture out into the world later
- Check what kind of collar / lead combo you are using. Head to your local PETstock for advice on fitting the right collar and lead for your dog.
- One the correct collar is fitted and you have chosen the perfect lead length for your pooch, you're ready to get started!
We also offer Puppy School programs at a numer of our stores. The program is based on using a reward-based training method which teaches pet parents:
- How to communicate with your puppy or dog
- How to develop solid foundation obedience in all environments
- The importance of socialisation, mental and physicals stimulation
- Ways to help curb any behavioural problems
- How to find the correct equipment for your dog
- The appropriate rewards for results
Further to the above, below we have even more tips for how to stop your dog pulling on the lead!
- Make sure you’ve got a pocket full of treats. Small rewards that are squishy, fragrant and delicious are a real training incentive.
- The beginning will be hard. Keep your expectations low. Entice them to stay close by your side. Initially what we’re after is a simple walk together. Eventually you two will walk side by side at the same pace, loose lead, your dog looking up occasionally and making eye contact.
- Say ‘let’s go’ and pat your leg. It’s important to reward a few steps at the beginning. If he starts to pull, stop immediately, and turn and walk 180 degrees the other way. When he follows a few steps then turn again and resume normal direction. Reinforce the good behaviour. When your dog is by your side with a slack lead, say ‘Yes’ or ‘Heel’ and reward him with a treat. It’s important to be clear with the tone of your voice and actions. Make your training sessions, frequent, short and fun. 5-10 minutes a day should do it.