We have all been there. Walking the dog on before we leave for work; he sees the cat across the street. And it happens. We find ourselves on the pavement. We had to jerk the leash back to control the dog and ended up needing a new pair of panty hose.
Pulling on a leash is one of the most common bad behaviors dog owners experience. It can be from the dog getting excited about something they see or from an attitude where they feel like they are leader of pack. Each of these situations calls for different solutions.
If your dog simply pulls on the leash when they become excited simply hold the leash upright to show your dog he will not make any progress pulling and wait for him to calm down. Distraction work on the excited leash pulling dog as well. I simply say my dog’s name in a strong voice and give the heel command. This redirects the dog to know you have seen what he has seen and now you can continue the walk.
Control issues take longer to solve and they require you make sure your dog knows his position even when you are not walking him. First your dog should know the standard commands. Teach the dog to sit and stay. These are the two basic commands he will need to learn to walk calmly with you. Work on this command about a week and if the dog can do them reasonably well; start your leash training.
if the dog gets excited when he see the leash and starts jumping , say no in a strong voice and possibly raise your hand. Then give the dog the sit and stay command. You may have to do this a few times before the dog complies, but you must not attach the leash until the dog is calmly sitting. Chances are the dog will return to the excited jumping behavior. Again tell the dog to sit and stay before you head towards the door. The dog will get it and at some point calm down.
When you open the door do not let the dog bound out in front of you. Do not pass the threshold of the door with the dog lunging forward. Again shut the door and tell the dog to sit and stay. Walk leash in hand out the door. If you can prop the door open so the dog can see you going out the dog first while they are sitting. If the dog has sat now tell the dog to come and just continue to be in front of the door. Stop as often as you need to put the dog back in the sitting position when he tries to get ahead of you. It can take a long time to get down the front walk way but once the dog has learned he is not getting away with getting front he will take his position behind or ideally next to you.
There are many ways to teach a dog to heel. I have found the simplest to be to hold the leash vertical up from the collars and put your other hand father down on the leash till you make it taunt. This does not allow the dog to pull in front of you. Walk the dog on your left side keeping the leash taunt. Repeat the command ‘heel” over and over. Test to see if your dog ‘gets it “by letting the leash go slack. If the dog remains by your side; praise him and give him a treat. This process may take a few minutes or a few days, but I have never had a dog that could not learn to heal doing this.