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Border Collie Leash Training – Stop Pulling

Border Collie Leash Training – Stop Pulling

A Border Collie that is constantly pulling on the leash during walks, is not that fun to take out. Owning a dog that pulls everywhere can be really discouraging and will make you want to end the walk as quickly as you can. Well don’t because if you do, tomorrows walk will be even worse.

Why Lead Pulling is Such a Problem

Before you tackle on this behavior problem, you have to understand why your Border Collie is pulling on the leash in the first place – otherwise you won’t be able to stop it.

Most of the time it’s not because of dominant behavior, as some people think. The more likely reason is that the dog is just really excited about going on a walk! This is especially true with dogs that get to spend very little time outdoors.

Imagine being home and doing pretty much the same thing most of the day and then suddenly being brought outside where things are different, strange and exciting. The Border Collie can’t wait to explore the neighborhood, follow new scents, meet new people and get some exercise.

So from all that excitement what do you get? A dog that knows going out on a walk lasts only for a limited time so he wants to do everything he possibly can in those 15 minutes he gets to spend outdoors – that and a bruised up hand from the leash.

For you however that walk isn’t as fun and exciting when you have to shout “No” and “Drop it” a million times. So you probably end up staying outdoors for shorter time and go on fewer walks with your dog. When that happens, the Border Collie becomes even more excited about the walks and you get even more leash pulling.

How to Stop a Border Collie Leash Pulling

Now that you understand why the Border Collie is pulling on the leash every time you take him on a walk, it’s time to learn what you can do about it to stop this problem. Here are the steps you should take to have your Border Collie leash trained:

  1. If your BC gets excited every time you take out the leash, don’t put it on him until he is sitting calmly. If he is jumping, whining and begging tell him “No” and then make him sit. Only put on the leash when he is sitting down and patiently waiting.
  2. Put on the leash? Great! I bet now the excitement is back. So now you need to calm your dog again until he is siting calmly. Don’t open the door until the dog is siting relaxed. He will probably get more anxious as you make him wait, don’t worry. This will teach him that he needs to be patient if he wants to come out on a walk with you.
  3. Take the dog out and always stop as soon as the dog starts pulling on the leash. Make him sit and wait. Show him that YOU decide when you get to go and where you go – don’t let him pull you where HE wants to go.
  4. You need to do this every time you take him out and tell other family members that walk the dog to do the same. It’s also a good idea to walk your Border Collie more often when you’re teaching him not to pull on the leash. This way he will learn a lot quicker.

If you want to learn how to cure even some of the worst Border Collie behavior problems and the exact things you need for a happy, healthy and obedient dog, check out the Border Collie Owners Guide.

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