Does your dog pull on the leash every single time you take him for a walk? Does it tire you out when you try to keep your dog in control by holding him back all the time? Many people find that this is a problem that eventually becomes to much to handle and can even become dangerous for both dog and owner if the issue isn’t corrected. In fact, many dog owners give up walking their dogs all together because of the tugging problem their dog has. There is a way to train your dog from very young not to pull. It is called loose leash training and it teaches your pet that they don’t have to tug on the leash to go where they want.
When done properly, loose leash training can make it more fun for both you and your pooch to get outside together and enjoy some fresh air and the great outdoors. Often, our dogs learn from the time that they are little to pull on the leash so they can encourage us to go where they want to go. Dogs are curious animals and they want to smell and explore, but it’s important to train them that they cannot do that wherever they go. By giving your pet a longer leash to begin with, you can allow them room to roam, while discouraging pulling.
Most of the time, your dog doesn’t really want to go too far away from you anyway. This is especially true during walks when your pooch doesn’t know what can be dangerous to you and what is totally safe. Many times, they will go a few feet from you in order to sniff something out and come right back, but it’s likely that your dog just wants to keep walking.
Loose leash training will offer your dog the freedom she needs to be able to explore a little bit, but keep her well within your controllable bounds. Shorten the leash when you’re in traffic or around lots of people and loosen give it length again when it looks like your dog could use the extra space. Practice having your dog return to you without pulling on the leash, which could damage the dog’s windpipe over time and work with calling your animal instead.
Many times, people think that if you don’t train your dog to walk right by your side, you have a poorly behaved dog, however, if you can avoid injuring your dog or yourself, you could actually be making it easier for the two of you to enjoy your walks together even more. Consider this: when you are keeping your dog on a short lead, you are actually encouraging your pet to pull at the lead, but when you give them some extra space, they can stay safely attached to you and explore, which means you don’t hurt yourself, your dog doesn’t hurt himself and you have a happier, safer walk.
If you are tired of tugging and struggling with your dog all the time to get him to slow down and stop pulling you, then you should consider looking into loose leash training for yourself. You’ll love the ease of your walks and your dog will love the freedom.