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How to deal with dog's leash pulling?

Updated on September 30, 2007

You can easily recognize an owner of Brittany spaniel we are the ones usually being dragged hither and tither while our dogs zig-zag in every which direction. My friend once invited me to join him and his Irish setter for a walk and told me to bring my dog as well. The thing was that the dogs would have to be kept on the leash during an hour walk so I have left my dog at home but trust me with had our hands full with just one dog as it was.

Here are some simple tips and tricks for any dog owner whose dog just like mine seems physically incapable of walking in a straight line but what is even worse it is like they try to dislocate your shoulder at the same time.

You can try with an extendable leash however this might be a better option for owners of small breed dogs. Another thing you might want to try is harness. Again this might be a better option for smaller dogs.

Harnesses can come in useful if you have a senior dog or if you take your dog for car rides as harness can be easily buckled up to the seat belt for extra safety. For larger dogs harness is usually a no-go when it comes to training, as it will only give them even more room to drag and pull. And then there is your shoulder again.

Option you might want to consider is training collars. There are a great number of training collars available from ones made from rope to those spiky chocker ones. Now I know they do look a bit scary, however if used correctly they can become a helpful training tool especially for larger dogs. Training collar made from rope made my dog behave to an extent, however for some dogs only the obedience training classes will help. You might want to consider obedience training especially if you have a large breed dog. It should be noted that training collar, no matter what material they are made off, should not be kept on at all times.

Another thing you might want is a simple technique where you will get your dog to slacken the leash to make your walks more enjoyable rather then having a tug-of-war.

· Put your dog's collar on and attach the leash.

· Your dog will start to sniff about and you should let until he starts to pull the leash.

· Once the leash is tight stop and do not move. Do not pull your dog and do not let your dog pull you. Stand immobile until the leash slackens again.

· Once the leash slackens award this good behavior with profuse praise and a treat.

· Repeat as necessary.

Trust me after a while and especially since there is praise and treats involved your dog will get the idea. And hey if it worked with a Brittany spaniel it should work with any other dog.

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