Teaching Dogs Not to Pull on Leash
Dogs Who Resist Walking on Leash continued...
It will help to walk your dog in less frightening environments at first.
Instead of walking on a busy road, opt for a quiet residential street or a path
through the park. Gradually progress to busier areas as your dog develops
confidence in quieter places.
Some dogs respond well if you ask them to do something else when they stop
forward movement. Ask your dog to sit, down, make eye contact, shake a paw or
perform any other convenient behavior that he knows well and enjoys. This may
help your dog forget why he was nervous and begin walking again. Of course, you
should praise and reward him for performing these behaviors.
Fearful and insecure dogs benefit from low-key exposure to the world. Rather
than going for a walk, try sitting on bench and just hanging out with your dog.
Talk to him and periodically give him treats for any signs of relaxing in the
situation, such as being calmer and able to pay attention to you and do easy
behaviors you ask him to do (like sit) for tasty rewards.
Need More Help?
If you’d like help teaching your dog to walk politely on leash—or if you’d
like to learn how to train additional useful skills—consider contacting a
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in your area. Many CPDTs offer
private lessons and group obedience classes that focus on fun, effective
training methods .