• Pulling on a Leash

    • Calming Collars
    •  Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray

    The excitement of a walk and all its many distractions can make it difficult to teach your dog how to walk beside you on a leash without pulling, straining against the leash. Walks are a great way for you and your dog to spend time together, so it’s important that they are enjoyable for both of you.

    You can help your dog learn to walk calmly beside you through a combination of techniques applied consistently until your dog learns the appropriate walking behavior.

    Pheromone Technology

    The first step is to never let him pull. When he starts to pull, use a spray of Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog) to stop his behavior immediately. Then, start walking again. Praise him when he does not pull on the leash. When you feel the leash tightening, use the Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray again.

    Regular use of a Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog) can also help your dog overcome the stress he may feel when outdoors, which can add to his desire to pull on the leash.

    Training Tips

    A great place to start is by getting the right size leash and collar for based on your dog’s size and temperament. Then put some of these suggestions into practice.

    • Let your dog get used to the leash by tethering it to you as you move around the house.
    • Keep walks short and frequent until you dog begins to walk without pulling on the leash.
    • Walk at a brisk pace that gives your dog fewer opportunities to sniff out interesting smells to explore.
    • Do not put the leash on your dog until she is calm and standing with all four feet on the floor. If she becomes too excited, put the leash down and stand completely still until your dog settles down and try it again.
    • When your dog is walking well at a good pace that does not pull on the leash, reward him with praise and a treat.