How to Walk a Dog And Teaching Your Dog Not to Pull on Leash

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How to Walk a Dog And Teaching Your Dog Not to Pull on Leash
This is your dog on a walk. Her nature is to smell and explore everything around her. Want to know what’s unnatural to her? But your dog needs to walk, and you need to use a leash to control her. The exercise is good for both of you. And a well-walked pooch is a happy and healthy one.

“Taking a dog on a walk helps them explore their environment, which is key to their well-being,” says James Barr, DVM, with Texas A&M’s Veterinary School. A walk shouldn’t only be a chance for your pet to go to the bathroom. A good stroll is like a spa for her.
Teaching Dog Not Pull Leash
Daily walks can also aid your dog’s digestion and help her sleep better at night. On the other hand, idle paws can lead to bad habits. Chewing, digging, and tons of barking often mean one thing -- boredom. Walking helps hounds burn off the jitters. It also gives the two of you time to bond -- and build trust.

So how do you get to a nice, smooth walk with a dog who doesn’t dash here and there or pull against the leash? Steven Marrujo, manager of PawFection doggy daycare in Pasadena, CA, says patience and consistency are key. Even little things matter, like using the same leash and walking on the same side of the road every time. He also suggests tiring your dog out a bit before a walk. “Play a quick game of fetch or wrestle with them.” This can help young pups focus during a stroll.  
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You could also give your pal tasty treats while you’re on the go to help her link the walk with a good time, says Sharon Wirant, manager of the Anti-Cruelty Behavior team for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

A dog that pulls spells trouble for both of you. It can hurt your arms, back, and legs or cause a fall. And your pooch could hurt herself. “In rare cases, a dog may damage their airway if they pull too strongly on their leash,” Barr says. “They can also have nerve damage in their necks.”
Teaching Dog Not Pull Leash
And if your pal slips free of her collar and leash, watch out! This could be bad news for her, other canines, and even human bystanders. It may take more work for a dog to stop pulling -- especially an older one who’s done it for a while, Wiring says -- but don’t give up. She suggests a canine version of “red light, green light” to teach your dog not to pull.

  •     Carry treats with you on the walk. When your dog pulls, stop in your tracks.
  •     Call her back to you, ask her to sit, and give her a treat. Start to walk again.
  •     Repeat inside the house and then outside. Soon she’ll learn that pulling means the fun stops.

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