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Lead Training a Dog

What do I do when my dog pulls?

A lead or leash is the link between owner and dog. Dogs feel vibrations sent through a lead and they react to them. Tension on the lead is a message, often quite literally a message of "tense" behaviour causing the dog to fight against the tension by pulling, straining and struggling, prompting the common lament 'what do I do when my dog pulls?'. If you keep the lead tight, this is how the dog learns to walk. Lead training courses can make a huge and positive difference to your overall relationship to your dog.

By allowing your dog to take you for a walk this will foster or contribute to dominating behaviour from your dog. Dogs assuming the weight of leadership responsibility will be less apt to respond to owner commands, if they respond to them at all in this situation, or any other. They are in control and (literally) leading the pack. Lead training a dog is an extremely effective way of combating this undesirable behaviour.

Also consider that tension on the lead communicates to your dog that you are fearful or nervous of something - this is especially true if the tension is sudden and in direct response to something such as another dog approaching. Since dogs are highly perceptive, they are likely to react as a result of the stress message you are sending through the lead. Again, your dog may feel the tremendous sense of responsibility to protect you, or just itself - with you in the middle. Lead training courses can help to educate you on how best to behave so as to avoid communicating these messages to your dog.

Additionally, dogs that are allowed to play on the lead, most especially when they are puppies, cannot differentiate between the tension on the lead while playing and the tension on the lead to seek out a playmate, or investigate in general. By allowing the dog to play or investigate on their terms is again literally teaching them to stop, start and surge forward on their "command" instead of yours. Lead training a puppy can instil a healthy sense of obedience at a young age.

Attentive heelwork by Harvey
Attentive heelwork by Harvey


Lead training in action for Lucy
Lead training in action for Lucy

Therefore, your dog pulling on the lead may be considered an obedience problem and a behaviour problem. Lead training a dog to walk comfortably at your side and with a loose lead is often a matter of understanding why they pull and employing tactics that address not only the problem itself, but taking into consideration the breed, the history of lead pulling and the relationship with the owner or handler. Only once all these factors have been considered can the question of 'what do I do when my dog pulls?' be addressed properly.

Royvon Dog Training Schools run lead training courses on a daily basis, in fact poor lead control is one of the most common problems dog owners have, most especially those with strong breeds, limited physical ability, a history of pulling or other behaviour problems. For as many reasons why dogs pull, there are more tactics to stop the lead pulling and have a dog that walks with a nice relaxed lead. It is these tactics which form the cornerstones of our lead training courses.

This is covered in its entirety on our Complete Training Package but can also be taught on its own on a specialist 7 day program that just covers lead training a dog or lead training a puppy, see details below.


Course details

Minimum one week residential lead training. Full owner training on course completion.
Pricing: 250 + VAT (100.00 due to reserve dates; balance due on course completion)

If you would like to discuss this option further, please book an assessment.


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