Why is my dog pulling on the leash?
There are several reasons why your dog could be pulling on the leash, but here are a few common reasons:
- Dogs oppose restraint. When the collar tightens as your dog pulls, your dog naturally pulls harder. The opposition restraint reflex was a great way to survive in the wild, but unfortunately, it doesn’t carry over to life with humans.
- It’s unnatural. Humans walk, while dogs prefer to trot. Humans want to get from point A to point B, while dogs want to chase and sniff.
- Random variable reinforcement. By allowing your dog to randomly pull on the leash to sniff or chase, the behavior is randomly being reinforced.