How to Train your Dog to Stop Pulling on Leash Without Force and Without Treats (Zeus the GSD)

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Various examples of leash walking lessons with very various canines:

How to teach your pet to let go of a plaything:

Nina discovers how to stroll perfectly on leash:

Lafitte the reactive rescue dog learns to walk perfectly on leash:

Boudreaux the pup discovers how to walk on leash with interruptions:

Chloe the sanctuary pit bull finds out ways to act on leash without attacking as well as pulling:

Zeus is one wild German Guard! This is Zeus' initial training session where he will certainly presented to the idea of strolling WITHOUT Pulling, Making issues extra tough we'll do it without exercising him first. Normally, I'll show you ways to educate this without having to make use of any type of unique collars. Great deals of you love seeing how to work with pet dogs in a real life setting when pet cats, pets, people and also EVERYTHING else appear to distract your pet and keep them from discovering.

66 Comments on “How to Train your Dog to Stop Pulling on Leash Without Force and Without Treats (Zeus the GSD)”

  1. I would like to see a similar video with a shy puppy that gets nervous around all those distractions. If you teach to create distance when they act scared and pull awwy from the barking dog or distraction, wouldn’t that be rewarding the puppies fear? There’s a 4th reason why they pull and it’s “fear”. Great video! Keep up the amazing training tips.

    1. +WayaSnowpaw Your dog is what is called “weak nerves”. The dog seeks to push away the source of fear, with a fake “lunge” at the “bad guy” hoping that this is what pushes away the stranger. If however, the stranger keeps pushing toward the dog, and not away from the dog, the dog will go into full avoidance, and run, if given a choice. if they are in a leash and can’t run, then they can’t do avoidance, so they will push into defense drive and try to back away the “bad guy” with a bite. This sounds like a potential fear biter.  This dog needs  a soft hand, not corrections, and you need to socialize, socialize, socialize. Try to make friendly strangers give small pieces of hot dog to the dog, so that when a stranger is met, it’s a positive event with some food. Good luck

    2. no, walking away from a distraction is not a reward,simply removing the distraction. You have to find what is high value for the dog, such as tug toy, or small jute bite tube, and dogs with high prey drive, such as GSD can be conditioned to use the tug toy as a reward.

    3. I would also LOVE to see this video done!! +Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution I have watched and love all of your videos… I have a 4 month old blue heeler. She will get lovey dovey with strangers after the initial pet for the most part, but at first she goes between my legs and hugs me…  when I am walking her and she notices someone walking towards us she stops walking (my command is “Heel”) and eventually have to rely on tugging (which I don’t want to do). And when the stranger passes us she repeatedly keeps stopping and turning back to watch them walk away.

      I have been taking her to off leash dog parks to socialize her with strangers and dogs, so if you have suggestions about socialization, I’d really appreciate it.

  2. Great work! The best tutorials are ones like these where you see THE REAL DEAL. Real dogs, not pre trained dogs.. showing mistakes rather than cutting them out and only showing the good only makes it harder for people to learn. Great job Zak..

    1. But you haven’t exposed anything or anyone. Where is this video of me, I’m dying to see it? Or why not admit you made it up/made a mistake?

    2. There were times where great people with great dogs got it all under control because they knew exactly what they are doing, now its all about bribing and luring dogs, no respect at all. About 4 million dogs get killed in shelters every year in US alone.

  3. My little Zeus did great that day. Lol and he has been doing great ever since. Now if only I could get him from chewing up anything with stuffing in it. I swear he is going to turn into a stuffed animal one of this days. Lol thanks again Zak and Bree

    1. Hey Raven! So glad you enjoyed the video! Supervision is key with this, and daily fetch will almost eliminate all of this! 

  4. Just wanted to give some credit for this awesome channel and keep up the great work. This channel is just awesome! 🙂

  5. unless you plan to jump around like a moron while walking your dog your advice will never work all your doing is making the dog more excited and when the dog is excited its not going to follow you also the dog should never be leading the walker that puts the dog in a protective mode and could lead to trouble all you effectively did in my opinion is teach the dog to jump at at toys and try to sell me something

    1. DisturbedDH Zak said to play tug of war BEFORE training. He also advised not to try to teach this while on your regular walk, but to have training sessions prior to walking. Those sessions are where you use a lot of body motion to get the dog to focus on you so that he isn’t distracted by other things. And remember it takes a lot of repetition to develop a habit.

  6. this guy is a joke..very few things I agree with. Obviously doesn’t understand the nature of the dog or the psychology of the dog.

    1. It seems like he knows what he is doing to me – he loves dogs and does a great job and is realistic (“it could take weeks or months of training to get them to do this consistently”) … No reason for put downs – if you don’t like him better if you don’t watch …

  7. Omg please train my dog 🙁 I’m going to try this! Thank you so much for your videos. Do you have a video specifically about dog on dog aggression?

    1. It depends what’s causing the aggression. You don’t treat the aggression, you treat the cause. What things cause him to act aggressively ? If I can help, I will.

    2. Yes PLEASE!!! Like a sweet dog growling when he thinks someone might take something away or something. It’s my biggest issue with my lil guy. Haven’t seen alot about that.

    3. What lind of aggression is the dog showing? What is its body language when another dog gets close to it? Is the tail high up and stiff, low and tucked under the belly or about in line with its spine? Do you notice any hair raising (specifically parts around the shoulders, neck or base of the tail)? Is the dog standing stiff legged? Is it’s ears laid back, straight upright, upright but relaxed or forward (forward is often called the dog’s “what?” gesture). Does the dog go into a “play bow” when it gets close to another dog (front legs laid on the ground with chest close to the ground or even touching it with the butt up in the air)?

    4. purpleglitterdolphin you are dealing with possession issues. You said it is a small dog? Many smaller dogs have a trait that makes them.overly possessive of things and even people. This possessive behavior can become dangerous if children aren’t aware of the dogs body language and try to take something from the dog while it is “guarding” it. It can sometimes also lead to food aggression where if someone gets too close to the dog while it is eat the dog will growl snarl or snap.

  8. Love this! Thanks for not advocating pain to train a dog!

    Redirecting is awesome. Most people think redirecting doesn’t work but you proved it does! 🙂

  9. My dog walks perfect on the leash. My dad trained her as she’s a family dog and we got her when I was younger. She’s a golden retriever and I believe my dad did it my just walking her on a short leash and just telling her to heel over and over again when she was pulling ahead. He would say heel with a decent tug to get her to stop running ahead and eventually she responded to heel and now walks right beside me and stops whenever I stop. When she’s not on the leash she runs ahead with is perfectly fine but whenever I say heel she comes right back and walks behind me without a leash. Don’t know what else my dad did to train her but it worked!

  10. my big dog border collie x kelpie walks on a leash amazingly well
    he will walk with or without the leash beside you. All i did with him was walk and when he pulled i stopped then wait until he was calm before we begin walking again, i never pulled back on him, i would simply stop then continue when his calm and focus on me with that alone i managed to have him walking beside me nice and calm which led him to stop pulling

    1. Rosalina Pabon Bingo! When you pull back on the leash every time the dog pulls, they think that is what they are supposed to do. When they start to pull, immediately stop and tell them No. It will teach the dog that pulling will not get them to where they want to go any faster. I train all breeds and personalities. Each dog is different, but this technique is always successful when patience and consistency is demonstrated.

    2. ELLA BELLA STYLES when i walked him i walked him with a short lease most of the time and when he gets too far ahead of me or to far behind me i would stop then only continue when he was beside me in doing just that with him 3 times a week did wonders, there was not a moment that he walked behind me or far ahead of me after a while of doing it, it just takes patience and constantly doing it

    1. I’ve had 4 huskies in the past and learned things through trial and error but eventually figured it out. Remember, nothing will replace the need for exercise in a dog’s life. First, focus on getting your dog’s attention at all times in different situations. Second, set daily sessions strictly for leash training (30 mins a day is better than 3 hours once a week). Finally, learn how to PROPERLY use training tools like prong collars and e-collars. After a few months of solid training your dog won’t need those tools and you can enjoy the rest of your time together in peace. Good luck!

    2. Huskys won’t be willing to walk next to you. They are bred to be out front of someone. This causes a lot of owners to assume the animal is being “dominant” and try to train it out of them. They will ALWAYS find it difficult to do. Let them walk slightly ahead of you as long as They are not pulling the leash taught. Huskys NEED exercise. They were bred to be working dogs so have a much higher need for lots of run time. We take ours out on bike rides because it is the only way (outside a dog park) to allow her to reach her top speed. Be safe about it and make sure the dog is in your sight at all times to avoid an injury. Make sure you thoroughly brush them at least 3 times a week when they are in shedding season because it helps them regulate their body temp when the weather is hot outside. They will become more active during colder months because the cold weather with the thick fur is energizing to them. Ours hates rain but adores the snow. She is 10 now and still acts like a puppy when she isn’t napping.

  11. no my dog sniffs everything ._. like everything it’s like we don’t walk we just go for a sniff session no drugs are attended Ahaha

    1. The ideal way to work with a dog like this is to play fetch ahead of time so that their energy is expended. Once their energy is out, they can absorb new concepts like walking slowly next to a person while tethered to a leash. If your dog doesn’t know how to play fetch, this should be the priority over the next 2-12 weeks. I have a fantastic video on teaching your dog the perfect fetch and how to deal with the most common roadblocks that many encounter. Good luck! Thanks for watching! 

      -Zak

    2. sabby559 It definitely is, but the work really REALLY pays off. My dog is getting much more obedient and I can walk him and run with him without problems. Now I’m trying to train him off leash so I can openly play fetch with him at the park 🙂 but it’s definitely difficult!

  12. My older dog(almost 13), doesn’t like playing with anything. What do I do? She pulls really hard especially with other dogs around.

    1. I would try this (if you haven’t already solved the problem): Every time she pulls, you stop and wait until she comes towards you, or looks at you. At the beginning, this may take some time, so be patient. With this method you must be really consistent, so it works.

      Another method: You always change the direction when she pulls. After some time she’ll learns that she won’t come to her “goal” if she pulls on the leash.

      😊 good luck.

    1. Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution thank you for the tips i might get a germensheperd dog and the dog name zeus i was thinking to name my germensheperd that hefore watching your video

    2. I wish you could fly to St.John’s to teach my energetic girl. She’s part German, part husky. Having major trouble with the leash. Not helping that the first snowfall has occurred and she will not settle down. I’ve had successful walks with mild pulling , however I live in a neighbourhood with lots of animals and children. Today was by far our worst day and I could not distract her and the pulling was at max power. It would be a miracle if someone helped me with this 9 month old, super cheeky, smart, and powerful girl.

    3. Hi Zak, I have a morky that is 2 years old but continues pee anytime she gets excited. How can I get this under control because she literally pees everywhere when she’s excited. PLEASE HELP! 😕

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