How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Leash In Three Easy Steps

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How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Leash In Three Easy Steps

by Amy Howells

One of the most common problems that all dog owners have at some stage, is when their dog pulls on the leash. If you own a dog who does this, then you know how tricky it can be to train your dog otherwise.

Many dog owners just become used to the tug-of-war pulling back and forth when they walk, and eventually just accept that this is how it?s always going to be.

But with a little patience and understanding, you can easily transform your dog?s behaviour and stop him pulling on the leash when you take him for a walk.

The first thing that you must understand is why your dog wants to pull on the leash. He may just be too excited when going for a walk, or it may be your dog?s way of showing that he?s more dominant than you.

So you should never try to match your strength against your dog by continually pulling the leash back. Doing this won?t change your dog?s behavior in shape or form.

So to help you learn what you must do instead, I?ve devised a simple step by step process for you to follow. Here it is:

Step 1 ? Walk with your dog on your left hand side, while you?re holding the leash in both your hands. Walk until your dog starts to pull. When he pulls, quickly slide your hand down the leash and pull back firmly.

Step 2 ? When your dog is now in the correct heel position, you need to command him to sit. Then when you start to walk, give your dog the heel command, so he understands that this is walking to heel.

Step 3 ? Repeat this process every single time your dog pulls on the leash. It will take persistence, but it will work if you stick to it. You may like to give your dog a food treat when he does what he?s supposed to, so he associated good behavior with a reward.

And that?s all there is to it. If you are patient, and you apply these three steps when you dog pulls, you should be able to transform his behavior in no time at all.

Amy Howells is the owner of the Dog Owner Blog, where she gives more free advice and dog training lessons, as well as information on dog training equipment. If you would like to learn how to train your dog, be sure to visit her blog right now.

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