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How do I stop my dog from pulling?

Like it or not, you may be teaching your dog to pull. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Ask yourself some questions: Am I rushing out the front door? Am I stepping off the stoop immediately heading down the driveway or walkway? Do I tug on his lead when he's sniffing the ground? Do I tug correct her when she pulls? It's critical to stop inside the doorway before you leave and claim the space. Then you need to step out first and claim the stoop. It's here where you must wait for the dog to relax before you step off to begin your walk. If you decide to tug him back when he pulls, you'll only reinforce the tug-of-war game, causing more of the same pulling! When she stops to sniff the ground don't pull her off the sniff to get going because you're correcting her scenting operation and you will teach her not to sniff. When dogs scent or sniff, they relax and in-turn, enjoy their time. It's instinctual for dogs to take in information from urine and defacation spots. They can learn the breed and gender, among other characteristics, of their cohorts. Give them time to mark and put down their information as well. A relaxed dog, and not a rushed one, is an easier dog to walk. To learn a specific technique that only reinforces the dog to walk on a relaxed collar, contact me for dog training in Great Falls, Va and surrounding areas of Fairfax County.

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