How to train your dog not to pull when on a leash?

I have two labs and neither of them know how to walk on a leash properly. I take them for walks 2 or 3 times a day (separately) and no matter what i try, they will not cooperate. I have tried punishing them for pulling, rewarding them for not pulling (which never happened), trying to keep their attention… none of it seems to be working. Does anyone have an idea that has actually worked? I have the time to devote to training them, I just need the right strategy.

yes, my family has had german sheppards for years
my borther even lives next to e GS training farm for troopers

but anyway

get a leash called the &quot:gentle leader&quot:

it solves their issues. they have a problem with YOU, they think yer a subdominant dog, and wont listen to you

until u show them yer higher in rank, they WILL never be part of yer stupid leash thing.

the gentle leader naturally forces the dogs snout lower than normal… just like a dominant dog would push it when hes telling the sub dog to back down.

its NOT a choke chain, its safe and humane, but its gets that damn animal to obey

Hi, I understand that you are looking for some advice or resources to help fully train your dog or fix behavior problems. If a professional dog trainer is not an option at this time, or if you want to trt training your dog on your own (a great way to bond), I’d suggest you

A friend recommened it to me a few years ago, and I was amazed how quickly it worked, which is why I recommend it to others. The dog training academy also has as an excellent home training course.

Since they’re Labs, they’ll most likely be as greedy as a pig, so all you have to do is get a high value treat, like cheese, stick it in front of his nose, in a sealed palm, at him level, and start walking along. He should keep looking and your clenched fist with the food inside, and is then effectively walking to heel. After a while (say 100m) give him the treat and praise him, also praising him while he is walking to heel. If he does start to pull, as suggested, wrench him back with considerable force, and show him the treat again. You could also try walking them on extremely short leads. Another method is that as soon as they start pulling, say no very firmly, then walk in the opposite direction, and wrench your dog behind you, soon he’ll realized pulling gets him nowhere, so he’ll heel.

If it’s possible let them run around and get a little tired before you go on your walk, that way they are less excitable while you are out. And more likely to pay attention to you.

I know people have set thoughts against choke/pinch collars, but with 2 labs I’m sure you understand the value of control. They are big enough to have this be an effective option, and way better than ‘yanking’ the leash, as was previously suggested…with less chance of hurting your dogs. Anyway, you have to learn to use them correctly so that there is little risk, and they just give a correction when the dog trys to pull. At least talk to someone about it…it definitely helped me.

Shorten the leash. Keep it so it is slightly slack when held at your hips, as SOON as it tightens up, reverse direction. Turn around immediately, walk a few steps and then go back the way you wanted to.

Gentle leaders are great, however my beagle REFUSED to even move on one, and flipped if I tried to pull her along to encourage her. She hated it, though some people do have great success with them.

I used the first method I mentioned with a harness, and she’s good now. She was an AWFUL walker until I did that.

EDIT: I’d like to add also, that for some dogs, choke and pinch collars do NOT phase them. And if used incorrectly they can be dangerous. My beagle was totally unphased by hers (which I was against in the first place) she pulled just as hard, gagging away. Tossed it immediately. They aren’t a fix all.

when the puppy pulls stop walking. Walking is a reward and pulling is a bad behavior. dont reward t the bad behavior

I agree with Bullmastiff… you are the pack leader and they should follow you. Watch the dog whisperer on Nation Geographic channel for some tips – he is great with &quot:rehabilitating&quot: dogs like this.

Also, make sure before you take them out they are not excited and more calm-submissive or this behavior will continue.

Good luck! 🙂


I use a dog harness for my dogs.

That worked well.

What I did first is have the leash held behind your back while you walk, so they walk next to you.

You can say &quot:shh&quot: &quot:no&quot: so they can walk next to you. They shouldn’t walk you, you should walk as a pack, you as the leader of the pack.

Any more questions, email me! I will be happy to help!

my bf has a 5 month old german shepherd and what we did is kept him right on our left side. we only let his face past our legs but once the shoulders get passed we stop where we are pull him back (actually jerk the dog back) and wait until he is by our side again. you can also get a choke collar which can help with this if you want.

but you need to be consistant, and every person that walks your dogs also need to be consistent and do what you are teaching them so they dont think your the only person that is doing this.

and even bring treats so when they are by your side give a treat and say good dog. if they are ahead and you pull them back and they go on your side, again give them a treat.

mainly you need to be consistent.
hold them close to you, and if they pull, stop and get them in place.

hope this helps!

You want to get choker leashes…these work because as the dogs pull on the leash it gets very uncomfortable for them and you,yourself,can apply a choke to them when they need it….these will not harm a dog and are generally very effective

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