Monday, February 26, 2007

How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Leash.

Most of the people around us must have faced such a problem. You may have, many times faced such a hurdle if you are dog owner. Most of us take our dogs out for a walk, a casual stroll or to make it attend 'the nature's call'. It is not a problem if you are moving with your dog on the other end of the leash. However, you have to endure a lot of struggle once you stop moving around just to indulge in a short conversation with a friend who was passing by. This would be frustrating at times. Training you dog to stop pulling on a leash is a tedious and frustrating process, especially when your dog has a considerable weight on him.
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To start with, you must make sure that you are using the right equipment. Avoid using retractable leads as they are of no use on larger dogs and teach nothing on smaller dogs. They are a sheer waste of money and do not produce any results.

A good long rope would be apt for the training and will play the trick. It works well for recall training. Never go for a body harnessing technique. It is a waste of time and energy of yours, part as far as bigger dogs are concerned. Remember that body harnesses were never designed as a leash training tool; they were designed to maximize a dog's pulling power when hauling a load behind him. They work best to remove all obstruction to the neck and distribute the resisting force evenly to the dog's shoulder.

The question that arises now is, what would be ideal to use as equipment for this training exercise? The answer is 'a standard nylon buckle collar and a six- foot leash'. We would advise you to adopt the "tree" method for leash training. Becoming an immobile object until your dog ceases to balk at the leash and allows a slack to develop would be ideal. The training session contains a lot of steps that you must follow carefully.

To start off with a session, you must stand in place and allow the dog to sniff around, let it decide to go in one direction. As soon as it starts moving towards the direction, become an immovable object and allow the dog to pull. Don't correct this pulling, or enforce it. Let your dog pull you in that direction.

Once a 'slack' appears in the leash, move in the direction your dog wants to go (enforcing the slackness of the leash) and praise loudly. Stop dead as soon as the dog starts to pull on the leash again. Repeat this process daily, becoming a tree as soon as your dog starts to pull. Be patient and bear a lot of perseverance during the whole process. Training your dog to keep slack in a leash is the best option indeed.

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