A few things to remember
– Until your furry friend knows how to walk without pulling on their leash, consider all walks to be training sessions.
– Try to tire your dog out a little before their walk. This will help stop them from being overexcited.
– Always take treats on every walk to encourage good behaviour.
– Keep up a quick pace; this will give your pup less chance to sniff around and stop them from pulling up every two seconds.
– Make sure your four-legged friend is in a calm state before your walk.
Stop & go technique
Before you start using this technique, your dog must already know how to sit on command. Start walking your dog in the intended direction and the second they start pulling on their lead, stop dead in your tracks. Call them back to you and tell them to sit. Once they cooperate, give them a treat. Continue this process until the dog realises every time they pull on their lead, the fun stops! Also, remember to continuously give your dog treats whenever they’re not pulling throughout the walk, to encourage this good behaviour.
This technique requires a lot of treats, so be sure to come loaded with a full pack of Schmackos before you begin. Start your walk with your dog by your side. Hold a treat about 10 centimetres out in front of their nose and begin your walk. If they continue to walk by your side, feed them treats every 10 steps or so. If they start pulling, stop immediately and call them back. Tell them to sit and give them a treat once they cooperate, then start the process again. As they begin to get better, extend the amount of steps between treats until you barely need them at all.
Still not responding?
Not all dogs respond to treats. You might want to consider purchasing a choke, pinch or prong collar, or any head halter instead of the collar you’re currently using. Alternatively, you can take them to your local Wyong dog trainer for some professional help.
Is your dog acting strangely?
If you’re dog has injured itself from pulling too hard, begins displaying fearful body language, becomes reluctant to walk or starts showing aggressive behaviour, you should take them to your local vet as soon as you can. We’ve done our research and found a couple of the best Wyong vets who can sort you out.
Long Jetty Vet Clinic
If you’re looking for a vet you can trust with your beloved pet, book them in for a visit to the Long Jetty Vet Clinic. Whether you’re worried your pet is behaving bizarrely or they’re due for a general checkup, the experienced vets here will be happy to help. With a wide range of services—including vaccinations, microchipping, desexing, animal behaviour consultations and more—you won’t be disappointed with the treatment your pet gets here. For the highest standard of care, make Long Jetty Vet Clinic your new regular vet.
Where: 232 The Entrance Rd Long Jetty NSW
Coast Animal Health
With more than 30 years’ experience in the veterinary field, you can have peace of mind knowing your pet is in the capable hands of Coast Animal Health. Have you just adopted a new pup? You can get them examined, microchipped and vaccinated at this affordable clinic, which even offers puppy obedience training for any misbehaving canines. If your pet has suffered an unfortunate accident, Coast Animal Health have X-ray facilities, 24-hour hospitalisation and are proficient in all surgical procedures. For a vet that can do it all, give the team at Coast Animal Health a call!
Where: 231 Wallarah Rd Kanwal NSW
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