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How to Stop a Dog From Pulling on the Leash?: The Best Ideas for Improving Your Walk

How to Stop a Dog From Pulling on the Leash?: The Best Ideas for Improving Your Walk

Dog owners are always looking for ways to make their walks with their dogs more enjoyable. One common complaint is that your dog pulls or drags you down the street as they get excited at other dogs, squirrels, and children. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to teach your pup some new behaviours. When it comes to leashes, there are a few different types of leashes that have different purposes and effects on behaviour.

Some leashes will help train your pup not to pull while others will only make them more enthusiastic about pulling! Here's what you need to know when picking out a leash for you and your dog.

Section 1: The Basics of Training Your Dog Section 2: Leashes and You Section 3: No-Pull Harnesses Section 4: Head Collars Section 5: Gentle Leaders Section 6: Dangers of Dog Walking Section 7: Conclusion

The Basics of Training Your Dog

First, I’m going to explain how dogs are trained. Learning how to train your dog will teach you how to treat your dog and how to teach your dog new behaviours. In the first part of the series, I’ll explain what I mean when I say “Dog Training.” Training involves helping your dog to understand and respond to your commands. It’s part of being a good parent and it’s also an important component of successful dog training. It’s also something that can be easily learned, so anyone can do it. Before you can even begin to teach your dog new behaviours, you need to understand what those behaviours are. Let’s begin with a few examples of the behaviours your dog may exhibit.

Leashes and You

The main purpose of leashes is to give your dog some control over his environment. As long as the leash is long enough to get your dog to walk nicely by your side, the leash is not much of a problem for your dog. But, when your dog pulls on the leash, or doesn’t want to walk, the leash can become a major annoyance. And when it comes to your dog, these are the times when a simple trigger is all it takes for a potential misbehaviour. What Can Cause a Pull? Most of the time, dogs pull on the leash because they are excited about something that is happening in their environment, or their hunger, or their need to mark the environment they are in. But, because leashes are designed to keep your dog from crossing the street, there are some pretty good reasons for your dog to pull.

No-Pull Harnesses

These types of leashes provide an environment that your dog should be able to learn that it is not always able to pull you where you want to go. If your dog tends to pull you, it will probably also tug at the leash, and possibly hurt you or himself. On a no-pull harness, the dogs’ collar is covered, so you can’t see it, and a leash works as the handle for the harness. Standard Leash If your dog is not a puller, but likes to stop and sniff and/or run ahead of you, a standard leash can be a good fit. A standard leash is similar to a regular leash, but one end has a strap for your dog to walk on, and the other end has a handle. Some people like this type of leash because they can make use of a chain collar, if they choose.

Head Collars

One of the most effective ways to control your dog’s behaviour is to put them in a head collar. This is essentially a very tight noose, and a “head harness” (head restraint) that helps ensure that your dog doesn’t take off running. My dog, Dakotah, wears one all the time. It's not something I recommend for all dogs, but it's been the only thing that has stopped Dakotah from taking off after the neighbours' dogs when we walk in the neighbourhood. When he was a young pup, he would get so excited that he'd actually take off running down the street with me. When you buy a leash and head collar, you’ll also need some treats for rewards, in case your dog has a hard time getting it on the first time.

Gentle Leaders

The gentle leader is one of the most widely used leashes for dogs and is particularly popular for leashed dogs that are up to 40 lbs or more. This type of leash has a fabric strap with plastic or rubber rings that goes around the dog’s neck. This stops the dog from pulling but prevents them from feeling comfortable and submissive, resulting in a more respectful behaviour from your dog. The only problem with this type of leash is that it can be a pain in the neck to use and because of the positioning of the rings, they can make it very difficult for your dog to shake the leash to relieve themselves. This isn’t always the case but you will often see dogs on this leash who aren’t confident enough to go to the bathroom when they need to.

Dangers of Dog Walking

Some leash varieties may help prevent your dog from pulling you, but the best method is to teach them to not pull on the leash. Some leashes come with a puppy leash, which is basically just a modified leash with a small loop that makes the loop shorter than normal and does not actually stretch the leash. Some do not have a harness, but it’s still important to consider the leash and your dog’s behaviour. This is not the best option if your dog is overly excitable and excited. A harness is the next best option. How to Stop a Dog From Pulling How do you teach your dog not to pull? It’s a challenge because you need to teach them to associate the ring on the leash with it not pulling. Teach them that pulling will only make it worse.


Dog walking is a great bonding experience for both you and your dog. As with most good things in life, there are certain things you need to do to create a great experience. By following these simple tips, you’ll have an even better relationship with your dog and, along the way, have a lot of fun too.


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