Every time i walk my dog it tries to lead. its always pulling on the leash and not moving when i want it to what. what can i do?
Put your dog on the leash on your left side. Hold the leash in your right hand and pick up the slack in your left hand.
Put your dog on a sit so that his front paws are even with your toes. Step off with your left foot and say "Buster, heel!" Give the leash a gentle tug and move forward.
Walk at an even pace that suits you. When the dog pulls ahead, make a sharp "UH UH" noise as a matter of correction and give the leash a tug to pull him back in line.
Praise him when he resumes the pace you’ve set.
Now, this is all well and good if you have a smart, compliant dog. Some dogs are bullheaded and want to charge ahead regardless.
Do not jerk the dog around. If he’s difficult, you need to get a training collar.
You don’t say what kind of dog you have, but for most breeds, a training collar or pinch collar is very effective. (A choke chain is an excellent way to cause an injury to your dog’s throat, larynx and neck muscles. A choke is worthless. Don’t even bother with it.)
A training collar or pinch collar is incomfortable for the dog. It does not poke the dog, have barbs, cause bleeding or any kind of injury and is quite humane, especially for a big, powerful dog.
When you get a training collar, take the dog to the store and have him properly fitted. Have the clerk show you the correct way to put the collar on; otherwise, it won’t work.
Once you have the collar, try "heel" again. When the dog jumps out ahead or falls back, give him a little tug to get him back on the pace, then praise him.
When you have a little control, do this:
Show your dog a small treat so that he knows you have it. Then old the treat up close to your face so that he keeps watching your face. Say "watch me, watch me" repeatedly. Reward him with the treat every so often.
Once you get the dog to watch your face, he will be wary of your movements and your pace.
Practice picking up the pace into a slow jog. Talk to your dog and say "pick it up" or "let’s go!" or something to indicate the change. Then slow down again by pulling back a little on the leash.
Always use the "uh uh" to remind him when he’s getting out of line.
Work with your dog for 2 five minutes sessions a day. You’ll be surprised how quickly he’ll learn, especially if you use a good training collar. Always talk to your dog and praise him for good behaviors.
Don’t work with your dog when you’re tired or impatient. Never raise your voice or hit your dog to correct him. Use gentle corrections and praise the correct behavior.
You’ll have a heeling champ in no time! Good luck!