When Dogs Pull on the Leash

You can see them on almost every walk: dogs constantly pulling or tugging on the leash. The cause of the dog pulling the leash is often a lack of exercise, a lack of training, or the fact that you don’t spend enough time with your dog.

Causes of Pulling

Lack of exercise: The need for exercise is often underestimated by dog ​​owners. Most dog breeds need several hours of exercise each day. It should also be possible to run and let off steam.

Lack of training: Often a dog has never learned that it shouldn’t pull on the leash or how to behave properly when going for a walk. During a normal walk, the leash should hang loosely, this rule must be taught to the dog in consistent training. After all, normal locomotion for dogs is more of a brisk trot – for larger dogs, human walking speed is simply too slow.

In this way, the dog learns to walk easily on a leash

Of course, it is no fun for the dog either to constantly feel pressure and to be pulled on the collar. This can even lead to respiratory and back damage, says the managing director of the Pfotenhilfe association. It takes a lot of work to get your dog used to pulling on the leash. Bringing a few treats with you on a walk can speed up the learning process.

Although the constant pulling is also uncomfortable for your dog, it does it because it achieves its goal: it can, for example, sniff the desired place or greet a playmate. As long as he is successful with this behavior, he will not stop pulling on the leash. It is therefore important to make it clear to the dog that this behavior will not achieve anything. On the contrary!

The most important trick: As soon as the leash is too tight, you simply stop, lure the dog to you and then continue the walk. In this way, the dog learns that it can only achieve its goal – namely getting ahead – if the leash is loose.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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