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Title: Dog training – Training your dog to not pull on the leash

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Dog training Training your dog to not pull on
the leash
Pulling on the leash is one of the most common
misbehaviors seen on all kinds of dogs.
Puppies and adult dogs alike can often be
seen taking their owners for walks, instead of
the other way around. Pulling on the leash can
be much more than an annoying habit. Leash
pulling can lead to escape in the case of a
break in the collar or leash, and an out of
control, off leash dog can be both destructive
and dangerous to itself and to others.
Leash pulling can result from a variety of
different things. In some cases, the dog
may simply be so excited to go for a
walk that he or she is unable to control
themselves. In other cases, the dog sees itself
as the leader of the pack, and he or she
simply takes the leadership position at the
front of the pack.
If excitement is the motivation for leash
pulling, simply giving the dog a few minutes
to calm down can often be a big help.
Simply stand with the dog on the leash
for a couple minutes and let the initial
excitement of the upcoming walk pass. After the
initial excitement ahs worn off, many dogs are
willing to walk calmly on their leash.
If the problem is one of control, however,
some retraining may be in order. All dog
training starts with the owner establishing
him or herself as the alpha dog, or pack
leader, and without this basic respect and
understanding, no effective training can
occur. For dogs exhibiting these type of
control issues, a step back to basic obedience
commands is in order. These dogs can
often be helped through a formal obedience
school structure. The dog trainer will of
course be sure to train the handler as well as
the dog, and any good dog trainer will insist on
working with the dog owner as well as the dog.
The basis of teaching the dog to walk calmly on
the lead is teaching it to calmly accept the
collar and lead. A dog that is bouncing
up and down while the collar is being put on
will not walk properly. Begin by asking your
dog to sit down, and insisting that he
sit still while the collar is put on. If
the dog begins to get up, or gets up on
his own after the collar is on, be sure to sit
him back down immediately. Only begin the walk
after the dog has sat calmly to have the collar
put on, and continued to sit calmly as the leash
is attached.
Once the leash is attached, it is
important to make the dog walk calmly
toward the door. If the dog jumps or
surges ahead, gently correct him with a tug of
the leash and return him to a sitting position.
Make the dog stay, then move on again. Repeat
this process until the dog is walking calmly by
your side.
Repeat the above process when you reach
the door. The dog should not be allowed
to surge out of the door, or to pull you
through the open door. If the dog begins
this behavior, return the dog to the
house and make him sit quietly until he can be
trusted to walk through the door properly.
Starting the walk in control is vital to
creating a well mannered dog.
As you begin your walk, it is vital to
keep the attention of the dog focused on
you at all times. Remember, the dog
should look to you for guidance, not take the
lead himself. When walking, it is important to
stop often. Every time you stop, your dog should
stop. Getting into the habit of asking your dog
to sit down every time you stop is a good way to
keep your dogs attention focused on you. Make
sure your dog is looking at you, then move
off again.
If the dog begins to surge ahead,
immediately stop and ask the dog to sit.
Repeat this process until the dog is
reliability staying at your side. Each time the
dog does what you ask him to, be sure to reward
him with a treat, a toy or just your praise.
Remember that if your dog pulls on the leash and
you continue to walk him anyway, you are
inadvertently rewarding that unwanted behavior.
Dogs learn whether you are teaching them
or not, and learning the wrong things now
will make learning the right things later
that much harder. It is important to be
consistent in your expectations. Every time
the dog begins to pull ahead, immediately stop
and make the dog sit. Continue to have the
dog sit quietly until his focus is solely
on you. Then start out again, making sure to
immediately stop moving if the dog surges ahead.
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