My 4yr old malamute sam will continuosly pull at the leash during walks despite trying numerous methods to stop this. Have tried turning around and ending the walk, stopping and sitting until he calms down, constant correction with halte. I have walked sam daily since I got him two years ago and my constant effort never seems to work.... PLEASE HELP.........
At some point in some dogs lives they learn that pulling is the way to get to point A to point B.They aren't necessarily doing it to get there faster, they really beleive that there needs to be tension on then lead. First when you start to walk, as soon as there is tension on the lead freeze, don't make eye contact or say anything, don't even move. As soon as the dog gives the lead some slack, begin to walk again.Repeat this, He has been doing this
for some time, so expect it to take a while to see a change. Also, get him fitted with a gentle leader. Its kind of like an alcoholic though, an alcoholic, even if they stop drinking are always alcoholics, Pullers always have the chance that they will resort back to the old ways. And it is a Malamute, thats what they are supposed to do.
***Edited By: sue on 2/16/2007 2:48:11 PM*** Reason: because I didn't get to finish
A regular buckle collar and a six foot leash are required for this training. The first step to teaching loose leash walking is to keep in mind that leaving the house on a leash is a reward. Secondly, remember that if you continue to walk while your puppy is pulling, you are, in fact, teaching your dog to "Mush."
First, put the collar and leash on the puppy and stand in one place. Give your puppy enough leash so he can walk about four feet from you. Reward your puppy every time the leash goes slack. This method is best when teamed with a reward marker, like "yes" or a clicker.
When you are ready to begin walking say "let's go" and take a few steps. Chances are good that your puppy will begin to pull immediately, so plant your feet and stop walking. Wait for the leash to go slack, give a food reward and try walking again.
Try not to yank or "check" the leash, which is a natural response. If it is difficult for you to stop "checking," put your leash hand in your pocket. You should also try to be very vocal with your puppy. Puppies have a very short attention span, and talking in a high pitched voice will help your puppy keep his attention on you.
Try using a Gentle Leader. I find it works really well. It takes a few walks for the dog to get use to it, but it is NOT a muzzle it allows the dog to open its mouth; lick and drink, there is absolutely no restraint on it's mouth. It does work and there is not dragging you or tugging on the dogs neck.
My two dogs were also pullers but my collie was the worst. What i did was if she started pulling i'd stop dead until she stopped then would turn around in the oppersite direction and start walking again and repeated it every timeshe pulled,yes it can take a while to get any where and i certainly got a few looks off people but it worked and i now have no problems you just have to keep it up. Good luck hope you work it out.