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This is Diego and Mia with their owner who struggles to have them walk nicely close to her.

There can be many reasons your dog bites or keeps mouthing the leash, for example they can be bored, overexcited, frustrated or just like having something in their mouth. You can prevent this by letting your dog have a stick or a toy to carry on the walk. You can also teach your dog the “out” command to let things go.
Some dogs might think the leash is a toy, therefore it might be useful to take away the “charm” of it. By putting the leash in front of your dog, wait until they switch focus onto something else (preferably you) and reward immediately for not being interested.

Pulling can become a big problem if not dealt with in time. If you are experiencing difficulty controlling your dog on walks it’s best to book a training session with us. But here are a few quick tips:

*Keep your dog on a short leash. Don’t worry, they will still get the exercise they need.

*Use small subtile corrections often rather than hard “pops” of tugs on the leash a few times. Sometimes you might need to give a less subtle tug initially to let your dog know that you only accept a certain distance from you.

*When they start pulling change direction. This will throw them off balance a bit and forget what they were pulling towards. Walk a few steps in the other direction and turn around again and continue your walk.

Last weekend we visited German Shepherd Rescue Cyprus – GSDRC again and spent some time walking and training a few of their dogs. This is what we call a two finger walk, meaning you shouldn’t need more than two fingers to hold the leash during the walk.
When we walk our dogs we want to avoid losing control over them. We often see dogs controlling the pace and usually give their owners a hard time holding on. Walking should be peaceful for both dogs and humans.
There are no excuses for pulling behaviour. The dog in this video is a rescue, living in a kennel and was super excited to get out for a longer walk, yet the walk is calm and the pulling is minimal.