Tips to Stop a Sheltie from Pulling on the Leash

By: David Codr

Published Date: May 27, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we share tips to get 1 year-old Sheltie Casey to stop pulling on the leash.

Stopping a dog from pulling on the leash actually starts before you start the walk. Practicing stopping when the dog starts to get excited is a great way to communicate that the only way the dog’s walk will start is when its calm and relaxed. Ive shared this trick to stop dogs from getting excited when being leashed with hundreds of clients.

In Casey’s case, much of his leash pulling behavior is an issue of the genetics of being a herding breed (pulling to go after cars driving by to disagree or correct them). But the 5 rules for a structured walk combined with being calm to start should train the dog to stop pulling on the leash, with the exception of pulling to get to passing cars.

In a month, if he is still pulling to get at cars driving by, I asked the guardians to follow up with me so we can set up a session to work exclusively on that.

Teaching the dog to stop barking will take some time, but by creating a healthy leader follower dynamic, rewarding desired behaviors and enforcing rules consistently, Casey’s barking should slow down and eventually stop altogether.

To help the guardians remember all the positive dog training tips we covered in this in home dog training session, we shot a roadmap to success video.

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