If you have a dog, chances are you’ve pondered the age-old mystery, “Am I walking the dog, or is the dog walking me?”
While dog walking is of course necessary, you may also count yourself in the group that doesn’t exactly look forward to it. What with dogs running off after everything in sight, yanking your arms until you’re certain that they’ll be hanging at least an inch or two lower and then having to drag them back home using more force and effort than it took to move the large furniture into your house or apartment, it’s no wonder you haven’t hired someone to do it for you (or maybe you have!)
If so, the website petiquettedog.com may have the solution.
They tackle this common issue of “Why Do Dogs Pull?”
“Dogs naturally pull against any pressure they feel on the leash…The same sensation may be experienced when you try to push a dog down into a sit and he locks his legs and doesn’t want to go down. Leash pressure causes pulling. How can you relax the pressure on the leash and prevent pulling? You can train your dog to walk on a slack leash.”
They advise that this can take a while to get a dog to walk slower, so they suggest items that help prevent leash pulling, including Head Halti, Easy Walk Harness and Sensation Harness, stating that “the good thing about the harnesses is that the leash connection is on the breast plate of the dog – right in front – which really gives you much better control.”
Other than equipment, they also go over styles of walking. The author walks his dogs using the retractable leash, citing his dogs’ good behavior and that they obey commands.
This worked as well, he says, for another woman who’s dog continued to pull until getting out past the 6 foot lease distance using a retractable leash. Then the dog simply didn’t pull and utilizing “come” and “sit” to be released again.
You can find out more at petiquettedog.com