Long walks provide physical and mental stimulus, as your dog is able to explore and sniff out new smells while getting some exercise in there too. Sometimes though, it can be hard to say who’s walking whom! Dogs pull on the leash for many reasons, as they do not understand not to pull on the leash. Take the lead with a couple tips to keep everyone walking happy.
There are many different types of equipment recommended for strong pulling dogs; however these are used to manage the behavior until we can show the dog proper leash manners. We recommend the following equipment:
A lightweight buckle collar is great for puppies. Start by letting your dog drag the leash around the house for a few minutes to get used to the weight of the clip and leash. Be there to supervise so your dog doesn't get tangled in furniture and get scared.
Then try picking up the end of the leash and follow your puppy around—giving them treats to make it a fun game. Soon they'll be wagging their tail and ready for more. A five-minute session is just the right length of training time per day for a puppy.
Start early and build a good foundation of training.
When you are ready to actually lead your puppy, start with a pocket full of treats and take just a few steps backwards. Encourage them, crouching down if you need to. Stop and reward your dog regularly when they are by your side on a loose leash.
Consistency is the key. Enrolling in an interactive dog training class will give you a very good place to start, but you must take those lessons home to be truly effective. Just consider it doggie homework!
Keep training sessions upbeat and fun, with lots of rewards and 2-3 minutes long.