Dogs who pull on leash can be frustrating and hard to manage.
It's a hard habit to break because the behavior has been encouraged and dogs have a natural reflex of opposing restraint. But if you're consistent, you can break that habit over time.
Why does my dog always pull on the leash?
Leash Pulling is a common problem that we help pet owners resolve.
Dogs pull on the leash for a variety of reasons and identifying the triggers for the individual dog are important when planning the solution. Frequently dogs pull on the leash because they are being held back by the owner. The dog pulls, the owner restrains them, then the dog pulls harder as an attempted solution to make the restraint stop. It is a cycle that makes the problem worse for many dogs.
The term Heeling is used to describe when a dog is walking next to the handler, not lagging behind or forging ahead. The dog’s front shoulder should be next to the handler’s leg. When the dog is in this position they can see what the handler is doing and if the handler makes any changes such as a turn or pace change, the dog is able to adapt to it easily.
We can teach most dogs the basics of heeling in a matter of minutes. When a client arrives with a dog that is dragging them around, it is a very rewarding experience to see them walk out of our facility with a dog that has leash manners after the first lesson. The owners' quality of life with their pet has instantly been improved.
We frequently teach a focused heel and a relaxed heel. Focused heeling is where the dog is making eye contact with the handler. The focused heel works well for dogs that are easily distracted. For example, a dog that has a tendency or history of being reactive to other dogs would be expected to maintain a focused heel when passing another dog. If they are focused on the handler then they are less likely to act inappropriately when they would likely be tempted. With the relaxed heel, the dog still has to maintain the correct position and not pull on the leash, but we don’t expect their undivided attention. It is more practical when on long walks or hikes.
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Your dog stays with us for their training where we will accomplish a lot of training in a short period of time. We then train owners with their pets in both private and group sessions that are included with each package.
10 Day - $2400
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Great experience. Our adult dog needed some retraining and is doing much better. Megan worked with our hectic schedule which was very appreciated. I recommend giving them a try.
Highly recommend Dog Training personalized. They truly showed us how to interact with our 1 year old GSD. Megan was great at communicating with us and demonstrating how to best train our dog. Our dog is happier because of the training and now gets to go on regular walks without issues!
Contacting Dog Training Personalized was the best decision we made for training. From the consultation with Steve Dunham to the training with Sami Clark (she rocks!!), we were hooked. You will be too. Sami was very patient and loving with Crosley. Sami was able to train Crosley, and us, with all the commands needed to have a happily trained puppy family. Thank You!!
Megan is a very knowledgeable and patient. She taught us so much with our labradoodle puppy. She knows and loves dogs. We highly recommend her!
My 3 yr old Shepherd was with this facility for a 2 wk board and train. I can’t give trainer Megan, and the team at Dog Training Personalized enough praise, for the training outcome with my 3 yr old Shepherd. Megan was the main trainer for my Shepherd and my gosh! This girl has an unbeatable passion, talent and professionalism for training and towards the Canine. She went beyond just using tools and commands. She used the very approach that I find so important with training. She built a personal relationship, along with building a “working” relationship with my Shepherd. She accomplished in a limited time, what I was unable to do for years. I was amazed to watch, through updated videos and pics, how happy and eager he was to be working with Megan. Trust me when I say, it was difficult to be away from him, but Megan’s constant communication and updates through pics and videos gave me reassurance that he was with the right trainer, team and training facility. For me, seeing is believing. I would have “never” believed that he would be in a sit or down, that someone could not only walk away from him, but leave the room, out of sight, and he would remain until released. The entire facility was clean and sanitary. The staff was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, not only in “training” but the physiology of my breed. I was impressed with all of the team who help with his training. Each one off them, Megan, Sydney, Sami, (sorry, I’m sure that I have forgotten someone) brought their special talents during his training. Megan, put her heart into every moment she could, bringing the best out of Atlas while he was there. She accomplished every bullet point that I had concerns with or had ask for with his training. Most importantly, I was the one, as his handler, who needed the training. She continued to educated me, in many techniques and approaches with training. She helped with understanding the dogs thought process. Giving me a better understanding as to why and how, along with correctly handling and carry on, the training he learned. Trust me when I say, we are grateful for Megan and to this facility. Beth and Atlas
Pricey but if you have the money the trainer is Very informative about his work check them out.
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Callie(pictured left) enrolled in our private lesson program with hopes to build solid obedience behaviors to counteract her reactivity to other dogs. Today she was able to walk past another dog in close proximity and even place nearby with ZERO reactions! Way to go Callie and family!!!