Why does my dog pull?
Most of the time it’s sheer excitement! Just think, pulling usually starts even before you leave the house! If the production of your dog’s leash sends them into a whirling dervish, you are already ‘on route’ to being pulled to the park. While this endearing and fun behaviour is understandable, most dog owners would like the option of having anyone in the family walk the dog without the risk of being pulled over. In order for your dog to effectively learn how to behave on the lead, they need to be calm so training needs to start before you leave the house.
At Company of Animals we would also recommend that all dogs are fitted with a harness. Recent studies have shown that dogs pulling on a lead that is attached to their neck can cause irreparable damage to their delicate throat and the effects are similar to that of a tourniquet! Ideally, collars should only be used for ID purposes. Check out our range of Halti Training harnesses, leads and collars here
What to do
Here are some top tips but for more details on how to stop lead pulling for good, you can also check out our 3 step series below!
- Teach your dog to leave the house calmly
- Aim for short successful walks in areas of low distractions
- Forward movement must never continue on a tight lead
- Reward and praise your dog when they are getting it right rather than reacting negatively when your dog is pulling!
- Avoid yanking or jerking on the lead, your dog’s neck is sensitive!
- For persistent pullers try using a Halti®No-Pull Harness combined with a Halti Training Lead or a Halti OptiFit Head Collar
Step 1 – Leaving the house
Step 2 – Loose lead walking
Step 3 – Walking nicely forever