Petsecure Pet Heath Insurance
| Apr 16, 2015
I recently adopted a very well-behaved and trained dog who had previously lived on a farm and had never been walked on a leash. Now that she’s in the city, she loves walking, but will frequently pull as hard as possible on the leash for an entire walk. She’s deaf, so voice commands are not an option. Do you have any suggestions for ways I could encourage her to ease up on the leash? I’m concerned she might be hurting herself.
It's fortunate that she is well-trained as this makes your job a lot easier. I assume that by “well-trained” you mean that she responds to hand signals to sit, stay, and come. If no, you need to start obedience training using hand signals.
If “yes”, you need to re-enforce her training (i.e. re-enforce obedience training) so that you can depend on her to respond to your “commands." Since she is deaf, your “commands” will need to be hand signals. This allows you to distract her with commands when she pulls on her leash.
There are several collars on the market that will humanely discourage your dog from pulling on the leash (NOT pinch collars as they are cruel), such as a halter collar. However, these need to be combined with training.
Most dogs pull on their leash because they have too much energy. So, to burn off some of that energy, play “fetch” with her by throwing a ball or frisbee and tire her out, then take her for a walk! If you have a pet health question for Dr. Pukay, post it to our Facebook timeline or tweet it to @Petsecure!