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December 2023

How to Stop Your Dog Pulling on the Lead

Training and Behaviour

One of the biggest gripes dog owners experience is their dog pulling on the lead.

Dogs have a LOT of energy, so it’s always a good idea to run them around a bit before attempting to train them to walk on the lead. This will help get that crazy out of them before attempting to start training.

Quick Tips to Stop Your Dog Pulling on the Lead

  1. Start in a Familiar Environment: Begin your training in a place your dog feels comfortable. Fewer distractions mean better focus for your furry friend.
  2. Equip the Right Gear: The choice of collar and lead is vital. Visit your local PETstock for personalised advice on fitting the perfect collar and lead for your dog.
  3. Gradual Exposure: Start training in your backyard and slowly introduce more challenging environments.

Considerations for Effective Dog Training

  • Learn how to communicate effectively with your puppy or dog.
  • Develop solid foundation obedience in various settings.
  • Understand the importance of socialisation, mental, and physical stimulation.
  • Address and curb any behavioral problems.
  • Select the correct equipment for your dog's needs.
  • Choose appropriate rewards to encourage desired behaviors.

More Traning Tips

Make sure you’ve got a pocket full of treats: Small rewards that are squishy, fragrant and delicious are a real training incentive.
The beginning will be hard. Keep your expectations low: Entice them to stay close by your side. Initially what we’re after is a simple walk together. Eventually you two will walk side by side at the same pace, loose lead, your dog looking up occasionally and making eye contact.
Use clear commands: Phrases like ‘let’s go’ and rewards for a few steps in the right direction help build good habits.
Respond to Pulling: If your pup starts to pull, stop immediately, and turn and walk 180 degrees the other way. When they follows a few steps then turn again and resume normal direction. Reinforce the good behaviour. When your dog is by your side with a slack lead, say ‘Yes’ or ‘Heel’ and reward him with a treat. It’s important to be clear with the tone of your voice and actions.
Keep training sessions short and enjoyable: Aim for 5-10 minutes daily.

Need a hand?

We also offer Puppy School programs at a number of our stores. The program is based on using a reward-based training method.

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