Why does my dog resist me on the leash? When he wants to go somewhere that I don't want him to go, he pulls back away from me.

He doesn't listen to my commands when I say come, and then he'll just stop.

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Answered by Alexandra Bassett, Dog Trainer in Los Angeles, CA
Dogs have an opposition reflex that helps them to right themselves when they've been knocked off balance. When they feel pressure from behind on the leash, they instinctively drive forward into the sensation, and thus pulling on the leash is established. You would want to teach your dog to give you slack when they feel tension on the leash and to focus more on you on walks in order to develop their leash manners. There are a lot of great videos on YouTube by Training Positive, Kikopup, and anyone with a Karen Pryor Academy certification. Positive training methods are the best for teaching your dog a nice loose leash walk where they can still sniff but know to walk at your pace and not pull. | 03.05.18 @ 16:48
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