So, Why Do Dogs Pull at the Lead?

The Gencon Allin1 and Headcollar are effective tools to help stop a dog pulling on the lead and they work even better in combination with effective dog training. Behavioural problems like pulling on the lead can have a huge effect on a dog’s quality of life and often end up with owners avoiding walks and dogs not getting the proper exercise that they need.

Gencon understands these issues and can offer helpful hints for ‘worry-free walkies’. We have worked closely with dog trainers and behavioural specialists to develop our products. Some of these individuals will be sharing their knowledge through ‘guest-blogs’.

Expert Trainer Ross McCarthy with his dogs

Ross McCarthy with his dogs

Meet the Expert – Ross McCarthy

Ross has a Masters degree in canine behaviour and psychology. He’s a member of the British Institute of  Professional Dog Training and the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association and runs the London Dog  Behaviour Company.

Understanding why dogs pull

Pulling on the lead is one of several common behavioural or training issues. It can have a massive impact on  our lifestyle and, perhaps more importantly, on our dogs quality of life. In most cases these issues can be  resolved fairly easily with knowledge and effort.

Most often, dogs pull on the lead because they haven’t been taught to do anything else. Going for a walk is  often the highlight of their day and this excitement makes dogs naturally eager and boisterous, prompting  them to lunge forwards. Although they are not as common now, people used to buy check chains to try and stop dogs pulling and you still see a great many dogs gasping away as they attempt to flee the discomfort.

Dogs naturally react to the pressure of a lead by pulling against it. There is no design in canine evolution for a dog to walk on a slack lead and this is why good dog training is essential for ‘worry-free walkies’. A Gencon Allin1 Dog Head collar may be a useful aid when your dog is particularly excited while you are retraining. If your dog’s life is not the very best it can be then you are going to have to adapt in order to bring about change. It can be done!

More practical tips next time on how to solve the problem of pulling…

This article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Dogs Monthly –