How can i get my dog to not pull on the leash and walk by my side?

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!

12 comments

  1. shorten the leash, If you have the standard leash it is about six feet long. clip it on the dog’s collar and then put your hand straight down by your left side. that is where you need to hold the leash. so you can either wrap the leash around your hand, or fold the extra length of leash in half and wrap that around the dog’s neck. Hold the dog by the short leash exactly at your side and say the word "walk" then start walking, the dog will pull. You pull back quickly once and say "walk". Continue to do this while you walk down the street. keep the dog at your side. Hold your arm straight down, do not let the dog win. After a block or so, stop, Pet the dog and praise it and start walking again, using the word walk. Realize that sometimes you are going to have to let the dog wander on a longer leash while it does it’s potty thing. but when you want to walk, hold the dog close and tell it to walk with a very short leash.
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  2. ok i would practice this everyday… when she gets ahead pull on the leash a little and say heal. it works on my dogs!
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  3. You should probably try a choke collar, it doesn’t hurt him that much but it let’s him know who’s in charge and that you want him to stay at your side. If that doesn’t work you can take him to your nearest Petsmart and i know that they teach that stuff! My dog took a class there and it was wonderful! well , hope i help!
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  4. watch "the dog whisperer" on tv – the guy is amazing with dogs. There was a special case exactly like the one you’re talking about. His take on it was that you shouldn’t pull the dog forwards, but you should pull (not too hard obviously) upwards on the leash.
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  5. If it really irritates you, when your dog pulls on the leash say "No!", and refuse to walk any further. Make sure you don’t choke your dog. When your dog stops, and waits for you, take the lead. If it only goes a little bit ahead, it’s normal, so reward it for it’s good behavior. If it doesn’t move when you want it to, say "Come!" and tug the leash a little bit. If it comes, reward it. Make sure to only reward it with little treats. Good luck! :)
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  6. YOU WALK the dog not the dog WALKS YOU. Hold that leash like you own and love that dog and walk at your pace, don’t let the dog tell you where they want to go, you walk your route. You are the responsible creature here, so be responsible.

    Tricks to obedience: Watch the dogs eyes, the dog should focus on you, the master, make sure they watch your every move and follow your step. TO DO THIS! While walking instantly turn around and walk the other way like you have changed your path, don’t worry about pulling your pup too hard, they will learn overtime. As you train your dog more and more, you will make your walks a peaceful walk with a good friend.
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  7. Yeah definately shorten the leash and hold him close. Treat him when he’s good and ignore him when he’s bad. Even when it’s bad attention, it’s still attention. And yeah, practice alot.
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  8. A Gentle Leader" will help with pulling. It’s much easier on the dog than a choke collar and much more effective.

    However, walking calmly by your side is training.

    You have to teach your dog to heel.

    You may want to contact a local pet trainer for guidance. Your local PetSmart offers pet training and they can tell you how to teach your dog to walk on the leash.

    Now, you can watch the thumbs down start to pile up b/c I recommended PetSmart training. But I took 2 of my dogs there and they are just fine for the basics and affordable. You still have to work with the dog every day. You do the training, but at the weekly seasons they will teach you what to do.
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  9. You need to watch the Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic Channel. He’s always talking about this. He puts a choker chain on the dog up near the back of the ears. High on the neck. And hooked on the side not on top. This way when you go to correct them the you give a little pull to the side instead of straight up. When walking the dog you walk with confidence, back straight and no tension on the leash. Check out his show. He’s really a dog whisperer.
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  10. 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!
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  11. There is a little trick.
    Don’t worry so much about where the dog is. The idea is to teach the dog to keep slack in the lead. As soon as the dog feels the lead become tight the dog is suppose to correct it’s position. You are trying to teach the dog that it is it’s job, not yours to keep that lead slack.
    First off, you can not make a correction if the lead is tight between you and the dog. All you can do with a tight lead is DRAG the dog.
    So knowing how to restore the slack in the lead is what most people miss.
    The lead should run from the dog to your left hand, and then across your body to your right hand. Whenever the lead becomes tight between the dog and your left hand, drop the lead from your left hand and there will be the slack needed to make the correction between the dog and your right hand.
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