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What to do if the dog is constantly pulling on the leash?


If a dog is constantly pulling on a leash, the walk can be quite exhausting. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to wean your four-legged friend away. What to do if the dog pulls on a leash? - Image: Shutterstock / Igor-Sokolov-breeze

The dog pulls on the leash and the owner or mistress cannot help but run after it. But that can be changed. First, you should check the length of the line. Sometimes this is set too short so that the animal starts to pull on the leash if it only takes a few steps forward. In this case, a towline can help. If that's not the problem, you have to try training.

Dog pulls on a leash? So you train it

First of all, one thing you shouldn't do: Don't start pulling the leash if your pet does. The so-called leash has long had its day as an educational tool because it is not useful and you can injure your dog on the sensitive larynx or trachea.

By the way: In order to safely rule out injuries if your four-legged friend runs forward while walking, it is advisable to use well-fitting harnesses instead of a collar. In this way, the pressure is distributed better and not only stresses one, and very sensitive, part of the body. Experienced dog trainers also report that dogs with harness tend to pull less than with a collar.

The goal is to make it clear to your dog that you do not want him to pull and that it is more worthwhile for him to look after you than to follow his own head. As soon as he pulls the leash the next walk, just stop. Stay in your position until he takes the first step to find out why nothing is happening. At that moment, praise him and only then move on. You have to repeat this constantly and remain consistent. Start with short training sessions and gradually increase the duration. Little by little your animal friend realizes that the walk will only go ahead if he walks loosely on a leash.

Tow lines for walks and dog training

Tow lines are very long lines that are practical for various dog training units ...

Change of direction for dogs pulling on a leash

You can vary this exercise by going in the opposite direction after your dog pulls on the leash. So your four-legged friend has to pay more attention to you in order to make the walk as pleasant as possible for you. In general, it challenges your dog mentally if you don't just walk straight ahead, but criss-cross, back and forth.

In this way, your dog's concentration is constantly demanded and he cannot avoid paying attention to you. In addition, further exercises for orientation training can help or an obedience training to strengthen the bond between humans and animals.

More tips against pulling the linen

To make sure your dog pays attention to you more quickly when you stop, you can use a squeaky toy or similar sound to get their attention. However, this carries the risk that your four-legged friend misunderstands this and believes that the sound would be an affirmation of his tug of linen. If this is too risky for you, wait quietly until your dog stops and turns to you. Then you can increase the reward by not only praising your dog, but also giving him a nice treat or his favorite toy.

The following video summarizes these and other tips: