How To Stop My Dog From Pulling On The Leash

How do you get your dog to stop pulling on the lead?


The majority of dogs that pull have learned to do so over time. It will be more difficult for them to change if they have been doing it for a long time. Most of the time, a new way of doing things is needed, like using a lead and collar instead.

Training with a dog lead

The following suggestions will help you stop your dog from pulling on a lead that is attached to a collar, harness, or headcollar.

  • Before you begin training, take your dog out into the garden and try to exhaust them. It will help them respond better to you if they are slightly less ready to take on the world.
  • Fill your treat bag with tasty treats and prepare your training lead. Before attaching the lead, ask your dog to sit calmly. At this early stage, reward calm behavior to avoid teaching your dog to become overly excited every time you go for a walk.
  • Remove the lead from your dog’s sight and walk away if he becomes overly excited. Return to them in a few moments and give it another shot. It’s time to start walking after you’ve managed to put the lead on.
  • Walk slowly and reward your dog with food and enthusiastic praise when they walk with a loose leash.
  • If your dog starts to pull ahead, simply stop. With a piece of food, entice them back to your side, and when they do, feed and praise them once more. This method is very simple and straightforward: if your dog walks on a loose leash, he will be rewarded and be able to continue on his journey.
  • If they pull, the rewards will be halted and the walk will be postponed. The opposite is learned by most dogs, who learn that the harder they pull, the faster they get to the fun part. Please keep in mind that dogs who have learned this over time will require a lot of help and encouragement to break their lifelong habit.
  • A dog’s natural walking speed is approximately twice that of an average human. Because a dog wouldn’t normally choose to walk so slowly, it’s important to give them lots of praise and treats when they do.


To stop pulling, you’ll need the right equipment.


Treats are a deserving reward for a job well done.


Treats are extremely important to use during your walk because they have the ability to help change your dog’s behavior for the better. Think twice before you call this bribery! Treats are a worthy reward for hard work—would you want to work all day for half your salary, for example? We didn’t think so. It’s also important to remember that changing long-term habits is difficult unless there’s a compelling reason to do so.

Treats are the most effective way to encourage dogs to do what you want them to do. They can also be very useful for diverting your dog’s attention away from things that cause him to behave inappropriately. Simply carrying food around with you will make you more interesting to your dog, and you’ll find that they will pay more attention to you as a result.

There are no garbage or boring treats allowed; you can only use the treats that your dog will work for in any situation. We use a variety of hotdog sausages, cheese cubes, or fresh cooked chicken and ham at Blue Cross.

Another important consideration is to ensure that you do not run out of water before finishing your walk, so be generous and remember to carry enough. If you’re a fashionista, you might find that sacrificing your street cred and carrying a bum bag makes this a lot easier.


It’s worth considering using a headcollar at first for really strong dogs or dogs who may be reactive out and about, especially if you’re worried about being pulled over. Because they are worn on the dog’s face and the point of contact is usually under the chin (like a horse headcollar), you have more control and can teach loose-leash walking in a safe way.

On the market, there are many different types of headcollars. It, like all good dog training equipment, must be properly introduced to your dog and used in conjunction with the proper technique. If you don’t do this, your dog is likely to despise wearing it and become distressed and frustrated at a time when he should be having fun.

It will be strange for a dog who has never worn a headcollar to suddenly have something placed over the bridge of his nose. Most dogs will rub their faces on the ground or paw at it in an attempt to remove it.


What is the best way to use a dog headcollar?

You must first teach a dog to wear a headcollar at home before attaching the lead to it so it will fully accept walking on it.

Please consider the following suggestions:


When introducing a headcollar, remember to be very positive and enthusiastic so that your dog understands that this object is a good thing.

  • Unpack your headcollar and let your dog investigate it thoroughly. Make sure you read the instructions and mark which way it goes on while they’re doing this. Prepare some tasty food for your dog and feed them while encouraging them to push their nose through the headcollar loop. Do this for one or two seconds at a time. You can also train your dog to recognize the sound. Remember to be positive and enthusiastic at this time so that your dog understands that this clear object is a good thing. Slow down and finish on a positive note.
  • Repeat this process every few hours until your dog is completely comfortable with how it sounds and feels.
  • We find it very useful to get the dog used to wearing the headcollar on a walk without attaching the lead to it once it is fully attached (i.e. by having the lead attached to the collar or harness). It’s critical to keep them occupied and focused during these early stages, as if you don’t, their attention will be drawn to the headcollar, prompting them to try to remove it. To get their attention, use treats and walk quickly to take their minds off it.
  • Think about your dog’s ability to learn, as well as his stress and frustration levels. Don’t ask for too much because the headcollar must be introduced gradually to achieve the best results. If you rush and make your dog dislike the headcollar, it will be much more difficult to undo.
  • Attach one end of your training lead to the headcollar and the other end to either the collar or the harness once your dog is comfortable wearing it. Attaching it to both points is important because, in addition to providing a safety backup in the event that the headcollar breaks or is pulled off, you will be able to steer and control your dog much better.
  • Practice using this together in places where there are few distractions—remember to reward your dog generously when he responds to your technique. Start using it in slightly busier areas once it’s proven to work.

It’s critical to remember that changing a dog’s behavior requires more than just equipment. It must be used with the proper technique and by an enthusiastic and positive owner.

A headcollar should never be used as a long-term solution to your dog’s pulling on the leash. It’s an excellent tool for teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash, and it can save you time if you’re pressed for time and can’t devote the necessary training time. However, it should always be our goal to teach your dog to walk calmly without it, so proper technique is essential.


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