Did you know that one of the most common challenges pet parents deal with is their dog’s tendency to pull on the leash? No pet parent should have to feel nervous when walking their dog, as the experience should be a chance for you to bond with your companion. The best way to overcome their urge to pull is with proactive training methods.
Your dog may see moving objects, such as squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and other dogs, as something to chase and pull towards. While not unnatural, as these behaviours come from their instincts, they can lead to injuries or other incidents if you aren’t prepared for their sudden bursts of energy. Some common leash pulling patterns to watch out for in your dog include:
– Raised ankles, looking like they’re ready to pounce
– A sudden stop with intense focus
– Hyper-fixation and staring at another dog, animal, or other object
– Barking or being suddenly vocal
– Relentless sniffing
– Excessive panting or whining due to frustration
If left untrained, your dog may learn that any movement is a cue to pull, especially if their actions are reinforced if they get what they want – such as greeting the other dog or chasing a wild animal.
The best way to overcome leash pulling is by taking proactive measures through training. If you’re concerned about your dog’s tendency to pull on the leash, we recommend working on handler focus, engagement exercises, and loose leash walking. Here are some recommendations that’ll help to make your walks with your dog more enjoyable and safer:
Although it’s not the most dangerous issue in the world, walking a dog that pulls is something that can quickly spiral out of control if left unchecked. If you’d like support from our certified team of canine trainers on how to help your dog to politely walk with a leash, enroll in a Training and Behaviour class today.
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