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If your pup pulls on their leash, then know you're not alone.
Here are some handy training tips, to help you tackle this tricky behavior...
Invest in a high-quality harness for walking your dog.
Attaching a leash directly to your dog’s collar (especially if they pull) can pose a choking risk to your pupper. Plus it can damage their neck in the long-term.
Also ditch the retractable leash and buy a 4 or 6 foot length leash instead.
Arm yourself with high-value treats that your dog loves.
When walking your dog, put a few treats in the hand closest to your dog. Hold the leash in your other hand, so it crosses over your body in a loose “J” shape.
Keeping the treats in your hand, take a step and then stop.
Once you’ve stopped, give your dog one of the treats (in line with your leg.)
Repeat this several times.
When you feel your dog has got the hang of stopping when you do, increase the number of steps you take to 2, before stopping.
If your dog pulls forward at any point, stop walking.
Capture your dog’s attention and call them back to your side.
Important: don’t treat them for returning to your side. Once in position take a few steps forwards and stop. Then treat.
If your dog continues to successfully walk by your side and stops when you do, further increase the number of steps you take.
Introduce a phrase your dog will understand for loose leash walking, such as “heel” or “nice walking.”
You can also introduce a release word, such as “okay” or “done.”
Good luck, pup parents!