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Pulling on the lead

Why does my dog pull?

Most of the time it’s sheer excitement! Just think, pulling usually starts even before you leave the house! If the production of your dog’s leash sends them into a whirling dervish, you are already ‘on route’ to being pulled to the park. While this endearing and fun behaviour is understandable, most dog owners would like the option of having anyone in the family walk the dog without the risk of being pulled over. In order for your dog to effectively learn how to behave on the lead, they need to be calm so training needs to start before you leave the house.

At Company of Animals we would also recommend that all dogs are fitted with a harness. Recent studies have shown that dogs pulling on a lead that is attached to their neck can cause irreparable damage to their delicate throat and the effects are similar to that of a tourniquet! Ideally, collars should only be used for ID purposes. Check out our range of Halti Training harnesses, leads and collars here

What to do

Here are some top tips but for more details on how to stop lead pulling for good, you can also check out our 3 step series below!

Top tips

Step 1 – Leaving the house

Step 2 – Loose lead walking

Step 3 – Walking nicely forever

Fiona Whelan ~ Pet Behaviourist

Fiona has been working at the Training and Behaviour Centre as a behaviour specialist since 2002, and previously ran her own training and behaviour establishment in Lincolnshire for seven years so has a wealth of experience as a behaviour counsellor.