Female Lab pulling on the lead

Discussion in 'Labrador Training' started by Rachel and Holly, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Rachel and Holly

    Rachel and Holly Registered Users

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    Hi All,

    Wanting some advice please.

    I have a year old female black lab. She's well trained and relaxed and happy in the house. On walks off the lead she recalls well, but on the lead she pulls really badly, this is worse if we go somewhere new. I do understand that's shes still very young and excitable. But with 4 stone at the end of the lead it's not great for us. She has two long walks a day. We've tried stopping when she pulls, small tears when shes walking to heel etc and these were a little more successful when she was younger but seem to have no effect now. Any ideas gratefully received
     
  2. sarah@forumHQ

    sarah@forumHQ Moderator

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    Hi Rachel and Holly, welcome to the forum :)

    I think it takes some young dogs a long time to learn a lasting habit of walking on a loose leash (*looks at own dog*)

    We have a really useful article about teaching loose leading walking on our main site. It might have some ideas you haven't tried yet. And then, just keep applying them with patience and consistency :)

    You might also want to consider using a front range harness for the time being, to protect yourself from muscle injuries or getting dragged into unsafe situations.

    Good luck, let us know how you get on!
     
  3. Rachel and Holly

    Rachel and Holly Registered Users

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    Thanks for the advice. Will keep going and have a look at the article you suggest.

    Yes think a front range harness might be a good idea.
     
  4. Julie Deeley

    Julie Deeley Registered Users

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    Front clip harness for sure. I've got a Blue-9, Ruffwear and a couple Dog Copenhagen’s, all good. My guy is pretty good at leash walking but when you need it, can't beat the front clip harness. :) Since yours is a puller, one of the padded ones like Ruffwear front range would probably suit you better. Or the Dog Copenhagen Pro.
     

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