Training Your Labrador Retriever Not to Pull On Leash

When you get home from taking your labrador retriever for a walk do you feel that you need to get some massage therapy because your dog has pulled on the leash the whole time? When we first started taking Cooper for walks he would pull on his leash constantly and as he grew those walks were becoming physically demanding. Here are a couple of things that should help you to get your labrador retriever to stop pulling on the leash. One, shorten the leash up. If you give them too much leash then they have that much more "rope" to pull. When we walk I keep him at my left side and barely give him enough leash to leave the sidewalk. I just choke it up in my hands. Secondly, when we come to corners I make him heel and sit before we cross the street. By doing this everytime then he become familiar with the commands and if something does happen where he wants to take off I give him the heel and sit and he knows what I am talking about it. And when he does pull even a little bit hard I make him heel and sit. Finally, we always carry some baby carrots in the pocket and he knows they are there. You know how much your labrador retriever loves their food. When we walk we knows I have food and he kind of stays close by. Those are just a couple of tips to use if you labrador retriever is constantly pulling on their leash. Try them, they helped us quite a bit.

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3 Responses to Training Your Labrador Retriever Not to Pull On Leash

  1. trainer says:

    Good advice. I’d like to add one more for those dealing with a particularly pushy (pully?) pup… Dig in your heels. Every time your dog pulls, come to a dead stop. Eventually he’ll learn that pulling gets him nowhere. A modification on this for a particularly stubborn animal is to include a sharp sounding “AH!” as soon as the dog pulls, then turn 180 degrees and walk the oposite direction Fido was pulling. Again, the message being that pulling gets him the opposite of what he’s after and his proper place is behind or beside you.

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  2. DogTrainer says:

    I agree with Trainer, and when you are in the training process it is even a good idea to abruptly change directions even when he is not pulling. This teaches him to stay focused on you all the time and can be used from time to time as a refresher if you notice you dog is starting to get off course.

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  3. Holly says:

    I though my lab was the only drywall chewer. I am soooo glad I found this blog. Thanks !!!!

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