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How To Get A Large Dog From Pulling On His Leash

Monday, July 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogpullingWhen we were growing up we had a Lab named Rocky. He was a large, muscular but very friendly dog. My mom, was a relatively small woman and she would take him out for walks regularly. There was one problem, when Rocky saw another dog, he would charge toward it and sometimes pull my mother or whoever was walking him down. I remember, seeing her come home with bruises on her arm. So how do we get a large dog from pulling on his dog leash? This could be a tough one.

The number one thing that you should do is make sure that you are using the proper dog collar. Make sure the collar is comfortable and fits fido properly.The collar shouldn’t be so tight that it is choking the dog, but should be tight enough so that it does not slide up and down the dog’s neck.
You should be able to slide your hand between the dog’s neck and collar when it is secured in place.
Many people choose to use a harness instead of a collar. The harness disperses the pressure to the dog’s back rather than its neck. This will allow you to train your dog to walk on a leash without having to rely on the choking feeling the dog gets when pulling at its leash.

If you’re training your dog not to pull, don’t use a retractable dog leash. This will defeat the purpose. Use a standard chain or cloth leash.

When your dog pulls, stop and stand still. No matter how hard he pulls, don’t let him go in the direction that he wants to. The reason is that if the dog pulls and you follow it, he is getting his way and going where he wants to.

Wait until the dog does anything to loosen his leash.The dog might stop pulling by leaning back, sitting, or changing direction. As soon as the leash loosens, you can start walking again.
You can encourage the dog to loosen the leash by calling it back to you.

Do this for the duration of his walk. This method takes a lot of patience. It will teach your dog that pulling gets it nowhere.

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