The biggest reason why most dogs don’t go for walks is due to excessive pulling. Dogs are strong and use all four of their limbs to pull. This can make for a very unpleasant walk.
Why do dogs pull?
The simple answer is because it gets them what they want. They’ve learned that the quickest way to get to something is to pull you. They quickly learn that pulling their hardest is what they need to do and the behavior is reinforced.
How do we prevent your arm from being pulled off?
Obviously training is how we can teach a dog to walk without pulling. Training means teaching your dog to walk with a loose leash and by doing so, good stuff will happen. But to instantly reduce pulling, use a device that works by removing your dog’s leverage to pull. This is where a front attaching harness or a head halter comes in handy. These tools don’t technically stop pulling, but the amount of strength behind the pulling is reduced immensely.
Where can you get one of these devices?
Great question! We actually carry the Freedom No Pull Harness and the Gentle Leader at our training centers. A lot of pet stores carry options too.
Side note: There are lots of devices on the market that can help to reduce pulling. Many devices work by causing some pain or discomfort. Those devices can actually result in your dog developing negative associations with the things in the environment and can lead to fear and aggression. Our advice is not to use them.