It’s a classic story: a dog goes on a walk, dog hauls owner all over the sidewalk. By the time you get back home, your shoulder is sore and you are contemplating getting a gerbil instead. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like this.
Whether you are just starting your journey of reforming a chronic puller or you have a long relationship with a dog who hauls you around the neighborhood, there are several steps you can take to convince them to cut it out. Here are five steps you can take to help your dog improve their leash manners and stop running you ragged on walks:
Change Their Collar to a Harness
Unfortunately, the traditional buckle collar for pups is one that is most comfortable to pull against. Switch your tug-happy dog to a chest harness, like this one, to discourage pulling. Harnesses apply pressure to the front of the chest when the dog pulls, and, if you attach the leash to the front clip of the harness, pulls the dog to one side. Your dog will dislike the feeling when they pull and will self-correct with time.