How To Train your Dog NOT to PULL on the Leash! STOP CHASING or LUNGING at CARS on a Walk!

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This is real world leash training at its best! A great deal of you love it when I have an obstacle and struggle with a pet dog! Well you'll enjoy this set then! Brutus has a very major concern with aggressing cars on a stroll. I'll show you just what to do if your canine runs out control on a walk plus the something to do that will certainly provide you a MASSIVE head start and also the one point that most individuals never think of.

A detailed overview of instructing your pet:

More examples of chain walking with different pet dogs!

84 Comments on “How To Train your Dog NOT to PULL on the Leash! STOP CHASING or LUNGING at CARS on a Walk!”

  1. Nothing wrong with your video but the pushing of your sponsor is a total turn off.  There plenty of people make great videos without this commercialisation.  Some suggestions would be to explain threshold re the cars and also using a flirt pole to get him into the game with toys.  

    For anyone needing to resolve this kind of behaviour you need to be far enough away from the distraction that the dog sees it but does not get excited or stressed, reward the dog for looking at the distraction but without reacting and pretty soon they will look to you when the car appears, at that point you are ready to be a bit closer.  Be ready to need to be in a park or other area well back from a road though as your starting distance.  Clicker training or a food reward each time they look will speed the results up too.  

    1. I thought it was genius for you to have a sponsor. It is truly refreshing to have a charismatic man using fun, positive, humane training.

    2. I get what you’re saying, but i’ve got to say that it had the same effect on me, i was enjoying the video and suddenly it turned me off … I’m french, and it makes your videos look a little bit “sold”, like if you did not really have the intention to make them accurate, but more of a way to make money. Now i know, everyone needs it. And as you said, it’s a way for you to make good qualities videos … However, a microphone, and a good camera don’t cost that much … With the views you have and the amount of videos, and your job, i’m pretty sure you can manage to have a sponsor which doesn’t ask of you to talk so long about them, a simple logo, short sentence, and link only at the end of the video should be enough. But, you’re free to not care about these potential viewers who could be there, like me, looking for another point of view than Cesar’s (although i do believe his methods are good ^^) and find themselves interested, until you go all buy-my-stuff on us… Cause we can feel that your way is “in competition” with Cesar’s. And one thing his not doing, is to make us feel like his here for another reason than his passion for dogs, and dog training. Even if it’s not your case, and your obviously passionate 🙂 ! Anyway, i wanted to say all that to help you promote your ideas, cause even if i’m not a 100% with you concerning them, i think they deserve to be known. Au revoir, et bonne chance 🙂

    3. These videos are so much helping me get our dog in line, I am happy to watch the commercials which are also in line with what we are trying to do for our dog.

      Zak, in one day we have gone from total frustration to feeling like we have some control and gaining more by the minute.

      Thank you.

    4. If the commercials turn you off, just stop watching Zak… in fact stop watching YouTube! Even YouTube pushes commercials right in your face, haven’t you noticed?

      Duhhh… I’m perfectly ok with them, he needs to get paid for these videos and his time right?

    5. Carol Hall there are more than one method to correct this behavior. Your ideas would also work.

  2. You get a lot of hate Zak, people don’t know that this was one of the hardest dogs you’ve trained, and on top of that it was outside.

    1. Mark of the Magician And secondly why would you fail on someone who needs help like that’s unnecessary

    2. This is so hard to do! I have one of these, a 6-month-old Rottie who is extremely high energy. and it takes repetition repetition repetition and then more repetition. I’m still in one of the repetition phases. Lol. I really like that Zak does not strong-arm dogs when in training. He is so patient and kind.

    3. Where is your brain. He tells you this is going to take time but showing you how to move forward and pointing out this is for the sake of a teaching video. It may take a while and tells you the time.

    4. It was OUTSIDE. Dogs are supposed to be outside!! This is an overexcited, hyper young dog who needs to be told no, it isn’t cool to chase cars. He could easily pull his owner into traffic and get them both killed. A few prong corrections and this dog could’ve enjoyed a happy, stress-free wall that afternoon. George didn’t even get offered eye contact in the video so it’s absolutely ludicrous for anyone to say that he moved TOO QUICKLY.

  3. This is actually working for my Golden Retriever who is 5 months. I had to go buy a special harness for him because he pulls so bad that he’s on his back legs and is front ones are in the air. I simply just switched directions in an open field. Every time he tried to pull we stopped and went a different way. Before I knew it he was following behind me! We still need work but huge progress has been made. I was prepared to pay in excess of $700 for someone to come to my house and teach us. Thanks man!!!

    1. I am working on getting my 9 month old border collie to stop lunging at cars, people, dogs, scooters, bikes, trains… anything that moves. It’s hard work, but we’re making some progress. Slowly. I’m working on her ‘look at me’ command and ‘leave it’, getting her impulses under check where I can.

      Likewise, I was thinking of paying for a trainer to come around and work with us, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel with all of this. I know the original comment here was from a year ago, any update on your retriever? Or an update on the husky? ^_^

    2. Did it really work? Coz i tried a trainer who said it’s positive reinforcement but suggested a choke collar! I’m gonna try this with my dog. Hope it works

    3. Jay DON’T use a choke collar – if you need a tool use either a front attachment harness or a head halter

  4. Someone call Cesar Millan ! Please …. He could get that dog walking calmly without having to run around and act like a crazy man lol although I do like A lot of Zak’s videos I have to say this one was sloppy, out of control and very high energy.

    1. That’s because positive reinforcement does not work to stop unwanted behaviors that are already happening. Rather than admitting this and trying something else, George acts like a clown and acts like his failure to handle the dog is just a part of the training process. This dog needs to be controlled under the guidance of a balanced trainer before he hurts himself or his owner. He could really use a prong for safety purposes.

      And while Cesar isn’t the best trainer either, his methods to work and he doesn’t “kick” dogs, he interrupts them so they don’t escalate and start acting out (like this dog)

  5. I fell bad for Zak because you could tell he was getting impatient and was embarrassed about the dog not working the way he wanted it to

    1. +Asia Creations I only saw a trainer that was accepting errors and working on distance until he could communicate with the dog. 🙂 It’s not about efficiency, is about taking as much time necessary to achieve a goal. My compliments to that. 🙂 A good professional has nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to it’s own mistakes.

  6. You’re amazing Zak. I’m watching your videos to get ready for my new puppy but i realize that i can learn a lot here myself. Dog’s psychology seems to be not so different from human psychology. Thanks for your work <3
    p.s. loved your determination in this video! you did amazing! this dog is a real tough one 😉

    1. Stella, if you research your own article, it was based on research in the 1940’s and was later debunked. You can be super positive, yet a firm leader that your dog needs. When a dog know you are the leader, they act more relaxed, more trusting.

    2. check out The Good Dog Training and Rehabilitation videos. Your situation is serious and no amount of dragging your dog away on a harness like this joker keeps doing, is going to keep you or someone else from getting bitten long term. This absolutely CAN be corrected quickly with good leadership and boundaries.

    3. another Cesar hater here and ‘animal abuse’ “activist” i’ll believe all that crap when Cesar gets mulled by all his aggressive dogs that he Rehabilitates from his Center…. bet you’re not a fan of ear and tail cropping either…. as well as ear piercing and circumcision

    4. Pack “Theory”? LOL!!! If you go to any dog park and sit back and watch the dogs interact on their own, you’ll see the pack leader emerge all by itself. That’s REAL science because you can OBSERVE it. Try reality…go ahead just give it a shot…it works GREAT!

  7. Perfect example of how positive reinforcement fails to be an effective approach when the animal doesn’t value the reward.

    From the looks of that dog, it had neither prey drive, or decent food motivation, so there was absolutely no point in trying to use positive reinforcement since the dog obviously valued chasing the cars more than playing tug, fetch, praise or getting a treat. Not much you can do about the low prey drive in a day, but you can increase the value of that food reward by withholding food from the dog for a day, until it’s hungry enough to want the treats during training.

    Bottom line is that when you can’t use rewards to prevent behaviors, the only other option is to use aversives stronger than the desire to perform the unwanted behaviors.

    1. _’Bottom line is that when you can’t use rewards to prevent behaviors’_
      Yet I do it with my dogs on a daily basis. He wasn’t even using food in this video. Forcing the dog to calm down is the worst thing to do. He’s already reactive to them so making them even more scary ‘aint going to help.
      This dog’s young and doesn’t know what to do so he wants to run up to the cars and bark at them to make them go away.
      Operant conditioning using positive reinforcement is precisely the correct technique to use in this scenario. Dog learns to ignore the cars by choosing to do so by himself. No force required.

    2. Those dog owners are idiots for letting him get to that point. Poor dog. One of the smartest dogs out there yet, looks like an idiot.

    3. This dog is not scared, he is overly excited. He absolutely does need a correction to nip this dangerous behavior in the bud. It’s funny how so many people try to avoid force like it’s the worst thing in the world. This dog could KILL himself or someone else by dragging his owner into the street. She already can’t handle him and George did nothing to help the situation. Broke my heart to watch this beautiful, healthy young dog not even be able to enjoy a walk with his owners because someone convinced them telling their dog no should be avoided at all costs. Fear mongering and placing silly human ideology over a dog’s best interest is ruining the world of dog training.

  8. Astonished to see you have 370k views on this topic.

    I didn’t really liked your approach. You make the dog even more excited, while the point is to stay calm around the cars.

    teaching the dog to calmy sit down while the car passes is much more effective.

    Not a fan, sorry

    1. I’ve looked at the video again, and again I have exactly the same reaction in my head… The approach at the end with the cars is totally not helpful for the dog. The dog has learned nothing at the end. He just had no idea what was expected from him

      He appeared to be into treats so that would seem to be the best way to work with him and keep his attention while standing next to a busy street and keep him calm in a sitting position, taking your time. Even if you’ll have to stay there for 10 minutes.

      The dog needs to accept the cars passing by and knowing he gets attention/affection when he is not reacting to the cars, but gets a correction when he is

      I have no clue what the intention was at the end of the video, but it clearly didn’t worked at all

      That’s my opinion, but I respect everybody’s approach.

      He is into trying helping dogs, so it’s a good dude 😉

    2. +integra t
      We can’t teach the dog anything until we have his attention which is what this video in demonstrating. Notice he actually chose to shift his attention from the distractions all by himself (even though it was only momentary) this is how it starts. Through repeating this exercise, we can eventually hold the dog’s attention in the presence of all these distractions and teach alternative behaviours, no corrections needed.

    3. I guess this was the 1st try tho, seems like treats would help but I doubt he would of sat still this time, but other times I bet he would get better and better

    1. Jaycee Cee mine is a border collie cross, she pulls and its in their nature to want to herd, do you play ball with her? At the moment my pup (6mths) is chasing swallows every morning for 30-45 mins then we play ball, after the full 90 mins play she walks nicely home next to me happily carrying her ball. So I’m thinking that your dog is sadly just not tired enough.

    2. I do nosework, tracking or practice new obedience behaviors or tricks for 5-20 minutes. Kaboom – my 24/7 hyper dog is like a sloth the next several hours.
      If you only run or walk with your dog to, and think that you can wear him out physically, all I can say is good luck to you!

      Also note that he’ll get in better shape each time you run, and will demand longer walks every day…
      Of course physical exercise is important, but if you’re trying to make him tired then mental stimulation is 10 times more effective

    3. I know they are not the same animal, but when working with horses, we do lots of exercises to get their attention on us. As we go we increase the level of distraction. It”a a matter of safety that you be able to get the horse thinking about you and not looking for scary objects or overstimulated by things in the environment. When it happens, then we put them to work by asking for change, change, change. We change directions repeatedly and gaits. We ask for rollbacks and hard work that doesn’t leave much room for attention and reactive responses. When the horse is calm, we go back to easier calm work. Over time, they learn to stay calm and look to you for leadership. I had a horse that took 20 foot sideways jumps every time a leaf blew in the wind. After a couple months of this type of work, a delivery truck came into the arena while I was riding and blew his air horn. All my horse did was reach around and touch my boot, to check that we were OK. Big change.

    4. Jaycee Cee that is exactly the same as my dog, he is a one year old male border collie who has the same behavior like your dog, maybe try a prong collar(it does not hurt them, it just pinched them)

  9. all of you complaining about Zak, he has 10 mind with a dog that has bad habits and has not been trained hardly at all. he is showing us concepts and tools. if a trainer could turn a dog into a perfect dog in 10 minutes, that would be amazing but it just doesn’t work that way

    1. Remote collar isn’t training the dog to the collar. It’s a form of communication and it lets the dog know their behavior isn’t appropriate. In this video, George has no relationship with the dog and he has to act totally ridiculous to even get the dog to look at him. The dog is super stressed and he could enjoy happy, stress-free walls with his owners in a day with just a few corrections. Very sad that people are misled by so-called “trainers” like this guy.

    2. It IS training the dog to the collar. My dad hunts my dog so a collar is necessary to even get his attention in the field. And trust me, he 100% knows the difference with it on or off. Collars are, at best, situational/temporary solutions.

    3. Not sure who you’re talking to but if you meant “situational how?” then no, we don’t punish our dog with the collar. My dad talks about it a lot but he hasn’t done so. Personally, I don’t agree with it because in most scenarios there are other ways to train the dog out of the unwanted behavior. We mainly use a remote collar for hunting to get the dog’s attention because trust me, you can act as ridiculous as you want, when that dog is after prey, he WILL NOT notice you.

    4. Sorry but this is only good for a strong young person to do, Zak realy trys to do good for the dog, but this just doesnt work, it doesnt stick. I’ll continue to watch his videos and hope he comes up with a good solution.

    1. Hi i watched this viedo and im going to try it out i have a 1 year old German shepherd in he is veary hiper he likes to jump on people he acks to crazy when i have my boyfriend are family over i do have a hard time walking him cuz he pulls me down the street and he loves to mess with the cats a lot so yeah he is to hiper i would like to see more viedos on how to stop my boy Duke from all that thanks

  10. Hey zak, I don’t know if I’ve missed it but could you do (or link me to ) a video on what food to feed what dog and how much? since you have this dog food service in every video I was just curious on what food is the best for the different energy levels and training levels and so on. Thanks 😄

  11. I love that Zak shows the process with all the failures because it gives insight into the difficulties of training a high energy dog like Brutus. We see that every tiny little move the dog makes in the right direction is a win, and that the process of training is a slow one. That’s why Zak’s videos actually help dog owners like myself to learn – they train us !! Thank you Zak for providing this fantastic resource free of charge.

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