Pulling On Leash

On July 18th, 2011, posted in: Dog Training, Uncategorized by samscotti

It’s not uncommon to see someone walking their dog, but it looking more like their dog is walking them! It can make the whole dog walking experience miserable and because of this, many people just don’t walk their dogs at all, especially if they have a strong Labrador, Pit-bull or Boxer.

Why do dogs pull on the leash?

The walk is an adventure for your dog. Many dogs get excited just hearing the words, “want to go for a walk,” from that moment on they jump, pant and whine, excited to get out and explore. Outside there are smells, sights and sounds that are the equivalent of a kid going to Disneyland. So your dog pulls like they are anxious to get to the next ride.

Why is it bad for your dog to be pulling on leash?

Leaders, lead. If your dog is out in front of you and pulls on the leash, then they are taking the leading role. To establish the role of the leader in your dogs mind, you need to get them on a heel and lead the adventure. Its one thing to have a dog pulling a sled or pull you on skates for exercise, but it’s another to have the dog out in front, sniffing, marking and exploring without consideration of you. If that is happening then your dog is not respecting you as a leader and is taking that role themselves. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Shih Tzu, Maltese or Mastiff, if the dog is out in front and pulling then they are taking the lead and not regarding you as the leader.

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(Excited Goldendoodle jumping up)

A common problem that I hear and see over and over again is that of dogs jumping up on their owners or their owners’ friends and family. If you have a small Pug or Maltese that may not seem like a problem, but when you have a 50+ lb. Labrador or German shepherd, then the dangers become obvious. I had one client whose mother broke her hip because his Golden Retriever jumped up on her.

Why do dogs jump?

Some think it’s cute to have their little terrier jumping at their leg, but the truth is, jumping is an assertive behavior. The dog is not only entering into your space, but they are trying to dominate or control that space, which if not corrected can lead to further assertion and potentially to more aggressive behavior, like nipping. They are demanding that you acknowledge, pay attention or pet them. Again the severity of this behavior is more noticeable with a Mastiff or Boxer than it is with a Chihuahua or Dachshund, but the character problem is the same. The dog is asserting themselves for whatever reason, and that behavior needs to be corrected.

How do you stop a dog from jumping?

The first thing in any good training is to establish a foundation of leadership that your dog understands and respects. Getting your dog to respect your space and be able to command them to move away from you or your company is ESSENTIAL to a leader’s role. This doesn’t mean you aren’t affectionate with your dog, this just means they have access on your terms not theirs. The first thing we teach in our training is how to get your dog to “go-on” and move away from you or your company. This will help keep your dog from asserting themselves and from jumping altogether.

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What is separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is a disorder in dogs that causes them to become anxious, destructive and fearful when they are separated from their owner.

What causes separation anxiety?

The overwhelming cause of separation anxiety is an unhealthy relationship between the owner and their dog. When we say unhealthy we aren’t suggesting that the owner is being mean or mistreating their dog. In fact the very opposite is more likely the case.  What we mean is that the relationship is responsible and causing the dog’s unhealthy behavior.

When a dog thinks themselves co-dependent, or feels too important and high in the pack status the result is anxious behavior. So now when the dog owner leaves, the dog becomes anxious and protests. What they are saying through their behavior is, “HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME! GET BACK HERE!”

What are signs of separation anxiety?

When you leave, your dog;

  • Barks constantly
  • Becomes destructive, chews things up and digs in the ground or even the carpet.
  • Whines and scratches to get out.
  • Has uncontrolled urination or defecation issues.

These are some of the signs of separation anxiety.

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