There are a million (maybe more) articles on the internet about how to stop your dog from pulling you down the street while you try to enjoy a walk with your pooch. It’s a common problem, and Weims seem to be particularly bad! For some reason a lot of these sites claim that teaching a dog to quit pulling is easy. Is it just me? If it were easy, why do so many people have this problem and why are there so many articles on the ‘net about it? Hmm?
One of the main reasons why this is so hard to teach is because we can sometimes have the attention span of a puppy!
For instance…. You read about the “Stand like a Tree” method, understand the concept (Aha! Use the dog’s motivation to your advantage to shape his behavior!) and you resolve to stick with it.
And then… life happens. Someone is waiting for you at the dog park, you are trying to make your vet appointment, you feel like a moron taking 10 minutes to walk 5 feet, a cat saunters by, whatever. Easily distracted by what is going on around us, and in our haste, we let our Weim pull that one time, or maybe we just get sloppy with our timing. And just like that, back to square one. People that are used to training systematically are used to this, but most people just want to take the dog on a walk already for goodness sake! — and get frustrated.
So, the best practical tip I can give you for teaching your Weim not to pull, is to know when you don’t have the time, patience or inclination to concentrate on training. If that is the case, use a tool! A prong collar, halti, harness, whatever, just as long as you are not allowing your dog to pull against his neck.
Here’s another tip. If you don’t have a tool with you, use the ol’ field trial
gut cinch/colon squeeze half-hitch method.
Here’s how you do it: The leash is clipped to collar like normal. Run the leash down the dog’s back and then loop it around the waist. Then loop the leash back around and under the part that came down the back. When the dog pulls, the leash will squeeze the mid section, not the neck. Most dogs do not like this feeling and will quit pulling.
Tools are just that, tools. If you want a dog to walk nicely without any doo-dads, use “Stand like a Tree” and keep the tools on hand for those times life gets in the way of training.
And one last thought to leave you with. Pulling is not always a bad thing — you can use pulling to your advantage!