So, your dog likes to pull. While some may view this as a bad habit, you should try re-thinking your dog's need to pull and channel that desire into a great activity. There are a good deal of positive ways you can let your pup pull that will hopefully get out some of their energy. While pulling the leash when walking can be bad, something like pulling a sled can be good! Redirect your dog's pulling habits into one of these great activities.
Dogs pulling sleds is no new activity. In fact, the Iditarod, a dog race where a dog team pulls a sled across Alaska, has been around since 1973 but commemorates a long history of sled dogs in that area of the country. Dog sled were a primary mode of transportation in snowy areas for centuries. Why not teach your dog who likes to pull how to follow in the paw prints of these dogs in history? Your pup likes to pull and sleds are perfect for pulling! Even though your dog may not become your primary way to get to the grocery store, it can still be a fun activity to do with your pup!
Playing tug with your dog seems like a natural game to play. After all, tug of war is on of the most popular and widely thought of games for dogs. Your dog who likes to pull will especially benefit from a game of tug as it will satisfy their need to pull on something. Even if your dog likes to pull on a leash while walking, tug may be a different form of pulling that they would enjoy. It also may be much easier for you to play tug with your pup rather than being pulled down the street on a walk!
If you and your dog have already mastered the game of tug, maybe it is time to upgrade your game while also teaching your dog to play on their own. Tree tug is a perfect game to set up for your dog who likes to pull when you need to get some gardening done or are too busy to play all day as your dog would prefer. A sturdy tree that can resist pulling is necessary for this game as is some nice weather (you don't want your dog outside all day in the extreme cold or hot tugging at their toy!). Other than those requirements, this game is easy to play!
Bring your dog who likes to pull for a run. While it is ideal for your pup to run by your side, they may actually pull you along and make your run a little easier! Or more challenging as you race to keep up!
Stand on a skateboard and hold your dog's leash. Let your dog start to run and hold on tight as your pup brings you for a ride! Pulling you on a skateboard is actually quite easy to set up and will be a lot of fun for your dog who likes to pull.
Many dogs pull. Whether it is pulling you on a walk or pulling at toys at home, this is a natural habit for a dog to have. While some may think that a dog who pulls is a negative thing, choose to be positive and encourage your dog to pull on the right things. Start with these activities to help your pulling pup have fun while doing something that they are already inclined to do!