A pup enjoying a walk



A pup enjoying a walk

You envision a relaxing walk along the beach or a park, but your puppy has other ideas! No one wants their arm yanked by a puppy that pulls on a lead.

Have you ever wondered why dogs pull? One reason is the oppositional reflex. It’s a natural reflex that dogs have to maintain their balance. When one part of their body pulls in one direction, their body automatically leans in the opposite direction. Here are our top 5 tips to stop your pup from pulling on their lead.

1. Stop in Your Tracks

If your dog starts pulling on the lead, stop walking immediately. Ask them to come to your side (generally your left) and reward them for doing this. This strategy might take a few walks to work, but it does help. Ensure you leave enough time for these interruptions in your walk and stay calm.

A woman and her dog walking on the beach
Young puppy on a lead

2. Change Direction

If you change direction throughout your walk, your dog needs to look at you to see where you’re going.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

Learning a new behaviour takes time. Remember to be consistent on your walks so your dog understands what you’re asking them to do.

4. Reward Good Behaviour

Reward your dog when they walk on a loose lead. Rewards can be in the form of food or high-value treats such as pieces of chicken or cheese. Have the treat in your hand by the side you want them to be. Alternatively, you can praise your pup with words. Be consistent with the word and tone you use. “Yes” or “Good Dog” are easy praise words to remember.

5. Let Them Sniff

A dog’s sense of smell is far superior to humans; dogs use their noses to learn about their environment. It’s important to allow them to use their nose on walks. If you don’t, it would be like blindfolding a person. Allowing them to sniff also provides mental stimulation, making the walk enjoyable for them and you.

A curious dog on a walk

Comments (4)

  1. Thank you Dan and Sam for your tips on puppy pulling on the lead. My puppy is 2 years old. And she pulls on the lead when I walk with her.

    May 20, 2024 Reply
    1. Thank you, Amanda, for your email. We’re glad that you found our blog helpful. It certainly can be annoying when they pull!

      Kind regards

      The Dan & Sam Team

      May 20, 2024 Reply
  2. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Appreciate it!

    May 24, 2024 Reply
    1. Hello Adam, Thank you for your comment. We’re so pleased that you are enjoying our blog content. Dan & Sam will continue to write educational content about being the best pet parent you can be. For Additional content about training your pet, I suggest going to the RSPCA.

      Kind regards
      The Dan & San Team

      June 7, 2024 Reply

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