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Do you love your dog like I do?
My little Flynn is basically the son I don’t have, lol! And I think I am the mother he doesn’t have, too!
I love that little dude! BUT, he also drives me NUTS! He has a few habits that I can’t stand, and one of those are he pulls on the leash. We rescued him when he was probably 4-5 years old (they told us he was 2, but since he turned white on his muzzle the next year, I think that age was unlikely.) Since he was older, he took longer for us to train.
Pulling on the leash has been one of the more difficult habits to break. But I have a few tips that have helped us and might help you, too, without having to spend a fortune on a professional dog trainer.
1. Feed Them a Yummy Treat like “Real food-inspired” Nudges Grillers or Sizzlers- This is my #1 tip that has helped up the most. While you walk bring along small cut up pieces of treats (head to your local Walmart for Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers then find Nudges Dog Treats on Facebook ) to feed your dog as he does a good job for you. You can reward him for obeying commands. On top of this, just having the treats in your hand may keep her closer to you and not pulling.
2. Keep your lessons short and sweet. Training a dog can be frustrating, for both your and your pooch. Keep your walks short so it’s still fun for both of you.
3. Tire Your Dog Out First- A tired dog is a compliant dog so before you begin training have some fun with your dog. We like to play fetch, and I do it until he stops bringing me his ball (and is doing some good panting.)
4. Let Her Do Some Sniffing- Dogs are simply excited for new smells and environments (it’s kind of like someone holding us back from the sales racks!). Reward him with occasional stopping and smelling. Then returning to a more structured walk.
5. If Your Dog Pulls, Stop- If Fido starts to pull, stand still. Wait for him to loosen up, give him a treat and then resume walking. This takes patience, but eventually she will learn that not pulling might bring treats. And later you can easy up on the constant reward and just offer a treat like Nudges Grillers or Sizzlers at the end for a job well done!
Walking your dog helps build a powerful relationship between you and your dog. And treating her with cooking inspired Nudges® Wholesome Dog Treats makes that even better for Fido!
If you like feeding your dog like you feed your family, like we do, check your Walmart store for high-quality Nudges treats:
Steak (3oz & 18oz)
Chicken Bacon (3oz & 18oz)
Beef & Cheese (3oz & 18oz)
Also look for new Jerky Cuts value size (36oz) at Walmart.
Does your pooch pull on the leash? Have you tried training him to stop? What are your best tips?