I have a 1 year old medium sized dog. I wish to stop it from pulling me on the leash as it gets really tiring. I have read on the net about “being a tree” when your dog pulls and when it gets by your side, praise it and give it some treats.
BUT my dog is not motivated by food when it is outside. It is…
A harness to which the leash is clipped in the *front* may work as well as a head halter, and many dogs tolerate them better. There are some that are made for the purpose, or, if your harness had a metal ring at the center of the chest, you could just try that.
But the real project is to teach the dog to willingly walk next to you. I start indoors, without a leash, to just get the dog to walk with a person on cue.
Then we practice on leash indoors (but not using the leash to control the dog at all — it’s merely a safety device, just in case).
Then we play a “walking with a goal” game – set up a goal the dog will want — a treat on a chair, a person they love, etc. Give the dog her cue to walk with you. If the dog starts to get ahead of you, turn around and go back to the starting distance. Repeat until the dog realizes she won’t get where she wants to go if she pulls. Practice in various locations, with various goals.
Then we go outdoors, but to as boring an outdoor place as we can find, staying close to the house. The “walking with a goal” game can still be used, with things you set up, or things the dog decides she wants. Don’t let the leash get anywhere near being taut — if it’s not a “U” shape, turn around.
If the dog insists on starting to pull, go back indoors, take off the leash, ignore the dog. After a few minutes, try again.
Then try going somewhere a bit more interesting, but still be prepared to end the walk if the dog starts to pull.
If the dog is not steadily pulling, but is reacting to other dogs and people outdoors, a “you may look but not pull, and I need your attention back” exercise, like Leslie McDevitt’s “Look at That,” can help.
Sounds like a lot of work, I know, but it’s all done in short, fun sessions, and it really teaches the dog that she won’t get rewarded for pulling, in any way, shape, or form.
BTW, “be a tree” is not universal. It does work for some dogs, but for some, the intended negative punishment doesn’t happen.
The idea is that we are assuming that forging ahead, continuing the walk, is the desired thing, the reinforcement for pulling. So, we take away the pleasure of going forward, in the hopes of negative punishment happening (taking away something desired results in less of the behavior).
Trouble is, for some dogs, moving ahead may not have been the reinforcement for pulling, or they are just confused by your stopping, or the pulling is mostly habit or from opposition reflex, or there is so much stimulation outdoors that the dog is perfectly happy with the person stopped, as they sniff, pull in various directions, etc.
Often a harness does not help with control, often it can have the reverse effect. If you use a short lead you will have greater control and get something like a “Gentle Lead” head collar which will also help. This will not choke your dog.
A short lead on it’s own together with a walking stick stops the dog from pulling. The bottom of the stick is placed under the dogs chin when it pulls and this stops the dog pulling. Unfortunately you may feel a bit daft carrying a walking stick.
I recently wrote an article detailing a “magic” trick to stop dogs from pulling on their leashes. You can find it below. It will take determination and patience on your part the first time, but then your dog’s leash-pulling will be a thing of the past. Basically, your dog needs to experience that leash-pulling “fails”. And I wish you the best with your dog!
Dr. Dennis Fetko, aka “Dr. Dog”
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It’s a very basic kind of class. They will help you with your dog, and show you how to work with your dog at home.
They’ll also answer any questions you have about your dog’s particular problems and how to handle them. The most important thing in dog training is to be consistent and work with your dog at home on the lessons. The PetSmart class teaches sit, down, come, and the very basics every dog needs to know. They will also help socialize your dog. You are unhappy with an untrained dog, and believe it or not, the dog is actually unhappy to. You need to take your dog now, as the older he gets, the harder it will be to correct your dog’s bad habits. Plus the classes are fun for you and your dog. My dog went from that first PetSmart class on to advanced obedience classes. You might also contact your local humane society. The one in my area offers obedience classes with a very good trainer at a reduced price.
well try a haltie, they work for controlling pulling very well, also find a way to regain the dogs focus on your command, with my dogs I make them come back to my side and do a turn, then I would put my hand in front of their faces and say firmly “heal”. This worked well and my dogs, though they still pull from time to time have gotten the idea pretty clearly. The trick is figuring out how to get them to understand what you are asking for…but definitely get a haltie.
Pulling on leash is a behavior almost all of us encounter. The best way to stop it is to make a promise to yourself and your dog that he will never again get anywhere by pulling on his collar. Here’s more info:
the collar wont hurt but there is something called bitter apple. u spray it on the leash and it tastes bad to dogs so they stop eating it. eventually they should learn. also try a training collar they shouldnt hurt as much because most of them are padded
hope i helped
get the type of harness that kind of curls around the mouth so when they pull it will restrain him…or get a regular harness and when he pulls go in the other direction so he doesn’t go where he wants.
The best way to have a dog walk nicely on the leash is to train him how to heal properly. You can train him yourself or take him to basic obedience classes. The younger your pup can be trained, the easier the job usually is. In most cases you can teach your dog to be well behaved on the end of your leash – even if he is older.
change her to a haty(sp) it will make it easier to control her
a harness makes it so they pull more