Teach Your German Shepherd to Stop Pulling the Leash

A lot of people think that when you’re walking your German shepherd dog you should let him sniff around and run with him wherever he wants to go. Somehow people feel pity towards their dogs and feel the need to empathize with what they think the dog wants.

The truth is there are lots of things that attract your German Shepherd’s attention, from people walking on the street to new smells and animals. He will try to go where he thinks he wants to go. And usually, that means he is going to pull you with him.

Whenever he pulls the leash and you allow him to do it, you’re reinforcing this behavior because he gets what he wants. Once he’s done this once and it worked he will obviously do it again. Besides, the German Shepherd is quite a strong dog and most people have difficulty managing him. Here’s what you can do to stop your German shepherd from pulling on the leash.

The “I’m not going anywhere until you stop” approach

You’re having your lovely morning walk and suddenly Amos starts pulling you everywhere. Whenever he starts doing that just stop dead in your tracks. Don’t move until he stops. He will probably keep going for a while, but eventually he will stop.

So, it’s just a matter of time before he realizes pulling isn’t getting him anywhere. When he does stop pulling, praise him for good behavior and then start walking again. Shortly after, he will try to pull again, and at that point you repeat the procedure.

Anytime he pulls, stop in your tracks, and wait for him to stop. You find it doesn’t take a long time for him to figure out that as long as he’s pulling on the leash you’re not going anywhere.

An alternative approach with the idea of making the dog follow you instead of you following him

Cute German ShepherdsThis is a simple technique but requires a little bit of timing to pull off. Whenever your German Shepherd starts to pull on the leash; turn around and start walking in the opposite direction. Amos is forced to come along, and he must likely hurry up to keep up.

When he does turn around and begins to follow you start praising him. This is all there is to it, simply turn around whenever he starts pulling and he will soon catch on that he has to follow you. If you’re just beginning training; you can also give him a treat, but don’t keep that up for long.

Again, you must understand that if your German Shepherd is pulling on the leash and you’re letting him get away with it he’s asserting control and you’re not in charge anymore. It’s important to keep him under control to ensure a good relationship between you and your dog.

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