Yesterday I looked out of the window to see a young man being taken for a walk by his two dogs. The word ‘waterskiing’ sprang to mind! Dogs pulling on the lead think that they are ‘leading the hunt’, which means that they think that they are in charge of your pack. If your dog pulls on the lead, no matter how relaxed or obedient it may be at other times, it is thinking that it really ought to be in charge of the walk. The common misconceptions is that your dog is pulling because it is so excited to be going out, or because that is what it has been bred to do in the case of husky owners. Not true. What looks like excitement is adrenalin surging through your dog’s body. It is getting ready to take charge of the hunt. In the wild, the Alpha pair are in charge of the hunt, therefore if you can take the role of Alpha, part of that will include you taking charge of the walk and your dog will choose to walk with you (not because it is being checked, or is on a halti).
If you are interested in knowing more about this, I’d recommend reading “The Dog Listener” by Jan Fennell. If you would like one-to-one help to learn how to stop your dog pulling on the lead (and any other behavioural problems you may have) then please give me a call. I provide in home consultations in Essex, and parts of London, Kent, Suffolk and Hertforshire. Dog training in a way that makes sense to your dog! I’d love your comments on this article – please add them in the comments space below!