He's always pulled on the leash but you didn't think too much about it. That is until you slipped on ice and wrenched your back. Now, not only is the ground treacherous underfoot, but it's as if the dog is trying to pull you over with every step. And if the fear of another fall isn't bad enough, despite his diminutive size a dog with a low center of gravity really hurts a sore back when he pulls. Indeed, it's occurred to you on more than one occasion to wonder how people with really big dogs cope...but there again...they are usually breeds that are easier to train than your little free-spirited pocket rocket.
As part of learning to walk to heel, it helps to get inside a dog's mind and understand why he pulls. The majority of dogs pull because of excitement (Hey! Let's get to the park!), although some do pull because they are fearful and want to get back home, or they want to control the pace you're walking at.
Teaching a stubborn dog to heel means resetting those expectations, and realizing that pulling doesn't get him to the park faster but rather slows things up.
In addition, you will need these basic supplies:
We start the walk by sit first, I put treats in front of his nose and take my first step with left leg staying heel. He starts walking ok but then pulls excessively please help. I do stop and turn in the opposite direction. Occasionally I turn in diff way sometimes to my and sometimes to my right. But again after a while he pulls again.
Hello Rachel, I suggest holding the food inside your hand, behind your back so that he wants to be behind you and doesn't have his face past your leg. Once his face goes past your leg it is hard to cut in front of him and regain his focus. Follow the "Turns" method from the article linked below. Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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