I was wondering what suggestions people had out there for correcting the pull issue while walking your dogs.
She starts out ok then after a little while she constantly pulls. I'll stop and stand there until she stops but then when I start to go she instantly starts pulling again. I'll try and use a really short lead but that doesn't stop the pulling either.
It gets really frustrating sometimes and would love to hear some techniques to try and curb this bad habit.
I have no idea how old your dog is, but we use a martingale collar, and a regular dog lead for walking. While teaching our Basenji Roo to heal and not to pull, I keep the lead wrapped around my hand and very short so I hold his head up.
This accomplishes a few things. One it helps him stay on task. Two is tells him exactly how far I want him to go. Third, it minimizes the pulling I have to tolerate. Four it lets Roo know who is in control.
I have established myself as the pack leader. As Roo has learned this, I have been able to loosen up on the length of the leash and most of the time Roo will either walk behind me or on my left side. I have actually taught him with the same technique to walk on either side I choose. Bonzo my Boston Terrier also will do this with no problem, so between the two dogs, I can actually walk a normal or fast pace and swing my arms as I normally would when I am walking with no issues.
I have read suggestions where it was mentioned to bring along the dogs favorite toy and hold on the side where your want the dog to walk. You might stuff it in your side or back pocket with enough hanging out so your dog can see it. Of course that might create another issue of jumping to get the toy while you walk.
My Roo, has been very responsive to the Cherrio Cereal Rewards that I give him. Roo and Bonzo get a Cherrio or some other treat after every walk. I also give verbal encouragement to Roo every time he walks properly and exceptionally well. Sometimes I even stop and treat him in the middle of the walk.
When Roo starts to pull, I give a quick short pull on the leash and verbally correct him. He seems to respond to this well. Keep in mind that we are now doing 3 miles in the morning and 3 miles in the evening. I have no idea how long your walk your dog. During our 3 mile walks, I have ample time to correct Roo and he has ample time to learn the behavior I am expecting of him.