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How To Stop Your Staffy Pulling On The Lead

happy staffy co 03 Feb 2023


If your Staffy is a master of pulling on the lead when you take them for a walk, it can quickly turn a fun, rewarding experience into an unpleasant one. 

While it may seem easier to ignore the behaviour and try to drag your pup along, this will won't fix the issue. Spend the hours necessary and stay consistent. 

Here are some tips to help you stop your dog from pulling on the lead: 

  1. Training your dog to walk on a loose lead is essential. Start by teaching them to focus on you, using treats and a clicker. Once they understand that they get a reward for paying attention to you, you can start to teach them to heel. Start with short distances, rewarding them for walking alongside you, and gradually increase the distance. 
  1. Practice makes perfect – Practice your dog's leash training every day. Practising in a calm environment, such as your backyard can help. Always use positive reinforcement techniques. 
  1. Invest in a non-pull Harness, Bungee lead or head collar: A non-pull harness can be a great way to help reduce pulling. I’ve also heard good things about Bungee leads. Comment brands below if you’ve had a good experience with any.
  1. Change Directions: If your dog starts to pull on the lead, stop and change direction. This can confuse them and make them less likely to pull.
  1. Be consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to training your pup. Make sure to use the same commands, rewards and techniques each time you are walking together. 

Leash training can be a challenge, but it is possible to teach your pup to walk calmly on a lead. With the right tools, patience, and practice, you can achieve the desired result.

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