Features August 2010 Issue

How to Train Proper Leash Walking - Pull Over!

Even small and medium-sized dogs can pull hard enough to make walks uncomfortable or impossible for their owners. Reducing and eliminating pulling can take time, especially if the dog has pulled for months or years. But it’s so worth the investment of time and trouble!

How to Train Proper Leash Walking - Pull Over!

How to reform a puller into a more pleasant walking companion.

One of the more frustrating experiences for positive dog trainers is watching their clients being dragged by their dogs across the parking lot toward their cars, just moments after training class is dismissed. “Dang,” we sometimes think, “Will they ever teach their dogs to walk politely on-leash? What part of ‘Don’t reinforce your dog for pulling!’ didn’t they hear?” Of course, it’s equally frustrating for dog owners when their dogs drag them. And the training solution – stopping every time the dog pulls – gets tiresome.

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