@aileen Training would no doubt help. I trained all three of mine to walk on the leash and once trained they very rarely pulled. Having said that, squirrels are an exception lol.
Using a short leash and a reasonably tight collar, making sure the collar is directly under their chin as opposed to lower down near their chest. Positioned like this, you can control their heads and the walk very easily. They walk like that during shows.
Once taught to walk correctly, I then let them wander somewhat on retractable leashes. On the odd occasion they get a bit eager and pull, I real them back in and walk them correctly for a few minutes. This has worked very well for me, I get pulled maybe twice a year at most.
All of those suggestions are perfect....I will be booed here because I am not a professional, just a 65+ yr old who thought a small dog would be easier to walk. I have shoulder injuries and can't tolerate the pulling. So after trying with only modest improvement we fenced in an acre and created trails in the woods so she can walk and Chase and sniff off leash. If I gave her high quality treats to modify all her behavior issues she would weigh 50 pounds by now. So I approach her training much like raising children. I pick my battles. That one did not seem like I was going to win. Best of luck.
I have had both pulers and non-pullers through the years and have found that I'm not always successful mainly because I don't want a dog that walks by my side always and I don't want to restrain them too much. I do find that the first few moments of the walk can be the worst and most settle down slowly after a time. Quartering (walking from side to side) is a natural movement for prey seekers. I find the best method that works for the individual Basenji and only insist that they walk by my side in a built up busy area. I find the measures mentioned in the previous answer above have worked and I highly recommend the clicker method. With my present Basenji who has pulled most of his life, I now use a harness and he has miraculously stopped all major pulling. It isn't a training harness ( I've used those in the past) but is made of a fabric and sort of wraps his chest. The leash is attached to a ring on the top of the harness.
I hope you succeed in the training using the right method for your dog, he will find it more relaxing as well as your self.
My dog pulled a lot too so I asked in the pet store and they guided me to a harness that is hooked onto the leash in front of him under his chin on his chest instead of on top of his back which they said encourages them to pull. It has worked wonders and I know longer have sore shoulders, arms and hands at the end of the walk.
What worked for us while training was a harness with front attachment: if the dog starts pulling, it pulls itself around towards you, so you can get his attention and start over. Furthermore, we found out over time that when we walk the dogs, it's THEIR walk and they can sniff around as they like, on a long leash. When we need to go somewhere, we take the leash short, and by now they understand that this means walking nicely next to us. Maybe not by the book, but it works for all of us.
All of those suggestions are perfect....I will be booed here because I am not a professional, just a 65+ yr old who thought a small dog would be easier to walk. I have shoulder injuries and can't tolerate the pulling. <<
Okay, the only booing is you thinking you'll be booed for not being a professional! I'm 62 and also shoulder pain. But honestly, I have always despised having dogs pulled. I had Rottweilers, chows.. usually large size dogs. I promise you that Mary's instructions are easy and worked even with nearly feral dogs. Really fantastic fencing and trails! But in case you ever want to take your dog outside of the fence, try her instructions.
And we agree with picking your battles.
I’ve had other scent hounds before and they have all tended to be pullers. A head harness like the Halti are wonderful to stop pulling. They work like how a halter on a horse does. If the head is turned sideways gently they can’t pull forward at the same time. My B boy is a bad puller already. Once he’s a little bigger I will get a halti for him as well. When outside he tends to have the attention span of a gnat. This will make our walks more pleasant and prevent aching shoulders after a hike.
My 1 yo boy is a puller and a yanker. I love the idea of giving them more room to roam by using a long lead, however my b always gets to the end of the radius of it and pulls me in any direction, so he doesn't as much roam, he just drags me from a distance of a couple of meters. So I'd rather keep him close (with a shorter lead). But when he's on short lead, he's almost always either dragging straight forward or leans to the side as far as possible. It feels a lot like he doesn't want to be near me at all altogether... I use a harness with the ring on the top, similar to the Rugwear one, which I know is a "pull harness", but a collar slips down and it looks very daft and uncomfortable when he leans over. We also have a head collar that works really well, but he gets too eager or stressed (wanting to move on quicker, especially if there's another dog nearby), he throws himself around, moves his head up and down rapidly - making me worry that he'll slip out of it.
Some of you mention a harness with a hook at the front, and one that attaches under the chin? Which ones are these?
Weve been to several training sessions. He tends to be brilliant in training. But as someone else mentioned, he'd be massively fat if I gave him treats to get him to walk nicely and give me appropriate attention - because, yes, wonders do happen with the right amount of encouragement = treats!
Someone wise once said it isn't the SIZE of the treat, it's the ceremony. Make the treat tiny, and cut back on his meals to help compensate.
There are times when harnesses are critical, sleds, weight pulling etc, plus dogs with glaucoma, neck injuries, etc. But my short personal opinion--- teach loose leash walking first. Then use a harness.
I like wide martingale collars. They can't back out of them and the collar gives you more control without risking damage to the neck if they do pull. Look for Whippet or Greyhound collars. The one I used is three inches wide and tapers to the back. But bottom line, the reason dogs pull is that it is rewarding to them......they get closer to whatever is attracting them. So stopping until the leash is slack will work (if you have patience), changing direction every time the leash tightens will work, targetting will work. Many roads lead to Rome. You can experiment and find out what works best for you, but it isn't good to let the dog reinforce the habit, which is what makes it difficult to sort this problem out when you also need to give him exercise! One solution is to give him exercise with one harness or collar and practice your loose leash walking with another, until he "gets it".
IMO, retractable leads teach the dog to pull. They are also dangerous. Ask a vet. They treat many "hit by car" injuries suffered by dogs that were on a retractable when the owner didn't react quickly enough. There is also the potential for injury when the dog wraps the leash around a person or another dog. And in many places they are illegal, i.e. the leash laws specify 6 foot maximum leash length.