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Dog Trainer Essex and Kent

  1. * puppy training

  2. * pulling on the lead

  3. * recall (come when called)

  4. * recall (out of sight)

  5. *‘A’ recall

  6. *retrieve (fetch articles)

  7. *sendaways

  8. *walk to heel off lead

  9. *sit on command at distance

  10. *down on command

  11. *wait (in stand-sit-down)

  12. *overcoming obstacles

  13. *agility problems

  14. *entering exiting cars

  15. *house training (soiling)

  16. *accepting visitors into home

  17. *jumping up

  18. *boisterous behaviour

  19. *and many more.........

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Most dog owners wished their dog did not pull on the lead. A good many tell me they have tried ‘everything’ but have now given in to the dog and accept it will not change.

Using my unique method which I have developed during my studies I can now stop almost any dog from pulling. A bold claim I know but I quote from my experience and successes over the last three years training and rehabilitating even the most stubborn or wilful dogs.

Let us start at the beginning. When one first takes a dog, usually a puppy out for it’s first walks one is usually anxious to get them used to the lead and collar. With puppies we may not be too bothered about training it to walk next to us. One may walk a few steps, stop let puppy sniff the ground, move on a bit further and so on. Puppy is learning that when the lead goes on it is in control. Who’s training who?

Dogs are very good negotiators, they may stop pulling when we give them a yank then revert to pulling again. Some dog trainers advise to stop and turn round when ever a dog pulls on the lead. This is a waste of time for as soon as the dog realises you are now heading off in the outward direction it will pull ahead again.

Rewind to when one first indicates to the dog that it is going out. The first signals could be our behaviour like putting our walking shoes or coat and reaching for it’s lead. The dog becomes excited, lead goes on and the dog pulls you through the door. At each stage the dog is excited. Once we head up the road the dog pulls in font knowing what lays ahead of it. Sounds, movements and very interesting scents. After spending a lot of time on it’s home territory at is now receiving mental and visual stimulation and it is exciting!

The nervous/anxious dog will feel the opposite, it needs to cover the ground quickly to avoid danger.

So how does one overcome this.

As a child I was taught to respect my seniors/superiors. Allow them to enter or exit doorways first, move aside to let them pass by and do not walk under their feet.

The same rules are established in a natural dog pack. The leader or senior dogs are treated with respect by their underlings. If a subordinate dog steps out of line it is corrected immediately by a senior.

One needs to establish who are the seniors and decision makers in the home. It should not be the dog, not even sometimes. Dogs have evolved as a pack animal and enjoys the company and strengths of living within a group, whether that be dog or human. A dog may be happy to concede who’s in charge with matters that are not overly important to it. However the dog walk ranks very high and most dogs like to lead it’s group out whether on the hunt or just because it is exciting. A dog is usually very driven in this respect and we, the more intelligent usually give up and let it pull, shorten the walk and often the frequency we take it out. If your dog pulls on the lead why not throw down the challenge and see how I succeed.

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