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Q. What can I do to help our Lab stop pulling on the leash when we go for a walk? I have tried different techniques but after 2 1/2 years she still pulls

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COURTNEY CONNORS

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In the mean-time, while you're working on building up that attention indoors, you should be using a front hooking harness outdoors on your walks. This will eliminate your girls pulling power. The Sensible http://www.softouchconcepts.com/index.php/product-53/sense-ible-harness and the Sensation http://www.softouchconcepts.com/index.php/product-53/sense-ation-harness harness are the best front hooking harnesses on the market because they do not have the martingale loop on the front of the harness (which can cause the dog to yo-yo during walks).

Lastly, I'd just like to add that dogs sniff the ground during walks for added mental stimulation. If your dog isn't allowed to sniff the ground, the walk isn't nearly as fun or tiring. When you are practicing attention on your walks, make sure it's in short, small bursts. Attention for a few steps, back to sniffing for several steps, attention for a few steps, sniffing for a few minutes.. etc.

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COURTNEY CONNORS

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Some dogs are avid pullers, it's pretty common. What I typically recommend is carrying around high value treats with you. Things like cooked chicken, cooked fish, turkey bacon, turkey pepperoni, diced ham, mozzarella cheese sticks, peanut butter in a squeeze tube, etc. Start off in a lower distraction area, something like your backyard, or even inside of your home. Work on attention. If your pup is clicker trained, use that. Say her name, when she looks at you, click and treat. Do this over and over until you feel like a crazy person. Work really hard at attention indoors before moving outdoors. Work on it in a low distraction area outside. After a while, try working on attention during your walks. Bring those high value treats on your walks with you, feed them right next to your leg for good walking behavior. Don't be stingy! Do not jerk your dog around, or yank at her leash, this will not teach her to not pull, but rather, teach her that pulling is normal on walks.


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