How to Train your Dog to NOT PULL on a Leash! EXTREME LEASH PULLING, BARKING, LUNGING and JUMPING!

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40 Responses

  1. Zak George's Dog Training rEvolution
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    @cindy firestone, your settings are such that I cannot reply! BUT, you need
    to prioritize fetch or some type of serious exercise prior to leash
    training! Based on what you’ve said, your dog is not receptive to learning
    proper leash walking, perhaps due to lack of a MAJOR structured outlet,
    like 20-30 min of fetch. Hope this helps! I’ll bet he’s awesome!

  2. iTruth1
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    so what happens when your in the real world and you dont have cookies all
    the time? Ill tell ya what, the dog will stop coming to work, and regress.

  3. doglover
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    i love Laffite’s one ear up and one ear down look, and that spot on his
    eye!

  4. renetto
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    Another great video Zak! Roman is responding very well to your training:)

  5. Haroon Bilimoria
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    What if youve got and akita and they interpreted direct eye contact as a
    challenge? 

  6. Mr E Meatshield
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    Just wanna ask since I just found the other channel today, is Secretzakvids
    also your channel? Or is it someone uploading your videos from another
    source?

  7. lee ann Lynn
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    You said to put my dogs problems here. I have three Border Collies and not
    one of them will play tug of war or chase and bring back anything I throw.
    They are great herders, I have sheep, but they do not play with me. They do
    tricks for treats at the beginning and then just to do them but I would
    like my dogs to to play tug.

  8. auntiekaykay9
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    As a dog trainer I started out with classical training over 30 years ago,
    went to PR (positive reinforcement) training when it first came out, then
    on to “clicker” (operant conditioning) training about 20 years ago. I’ve
    only seen a few of your videos, so I don’t know if you use a clicker at
    times, or only a marker word (your “yes!” clearly becomes a conditioned
    reinforcer, i.e., marker word). Either way, I just wanted to say that your
    work in this video is some of the best training I’ve ever seen on video.
    Your timing is superb, and your explanations are very clear and precise. I
    will certainly recommend my students view this, even if their issues are
    not as extreme — most owners would benefit from watching this. 

  9. Julia Galvin
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    I love how much you get in front of the dog and crouch so you are in the
    forefront of his awareness. This is very unlike the English training style
    where you aim to keep the dog at your left heel. Then you have to jerk the
    leash all the time to get his attention, because he’s not facing you. Then
    to avoid the sore neck you put the dog into a harness and he flies around
    at the end of the leash for evermore.

  10. Giuliano Spera
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    the dog is very good with you! pfffffffff

  11. Yunalilly
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    What about playing tug to walk by the tree? Using a toy as his currency
    seems like it would have served better than food.

  12. Greg Freed
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    We have two pit bulls, Coach and Penny. We’ve had Penny (2, female, 50 lbs)
    since 02/2013, and she’s been a real trial most of that time. She’s mopey
    and stubborn; she’s somewhat dog aggressive (a trainer suggests it might be
    limited to other females); she’s pretty taciturn, and it’s hard to get her
    excited except for… um… when it isn’t; and she has particular quirks,
    such as wandering around our apartment licking debris off the floor,
    wandering around populated dog parks eating debris, and licking herself
    obsessively until she gets rashes. We’ve had Coach (1, male, 50 lbs) since
    03/2014, and he’s a lot like Laffite: high energy, great personality, and
    highly distractable.

    Our hope was that Coach would help lift Penny up; the whole time we’d had
    her (until 02/2014), we had also had Kalli, an 8 year old 50 lb female
    German Shepherd/Husky mix who recently passed of osteosarcoma. Kalli and
    Penny never really got along, and I wouldn’t say that Penny’s personality
    was noticeably impacted by Kalli’s passing, but we figured that somewhere
    inside she’d prefer to have another dog in the house than not, so we went
    looking and found Coach, hoping he’d help her find some joie de vivre.

    We have two local dog parks, but we stopped taking Penny a while back since
    she mostly ignores the other dogs and eats debris (mostly dead leaves and
    twigs). We took Coach twice early after adopting him, and the first time he
    did pretty well except that there were small dogs with small toys in the
    large dog park, and as we watched his energy level rise we didn’t want to
    risk an incident since we were still in early days with him, and the second
    time we just took him near and not inside the park and he totally lost it:
    escalating whining until he wasn’t under control anymore, biting at his
    leash, another nearby dog, and my hand. That was the first time we noticed
    his high excitability around other dogs while on leash (he hadn’t exhibited
    this behavior with Penny when we first introduced them on leash, presumably
    because we didn’t keep them apart and he was low energy, having just been
    neutered), and much like Lafitte, the behavior is limited to when he’s on
    leash.

    This suggests that his behavior, like you said with Lafitte, is probably
    affected by his energy level and could be mitigated by good exercise. We
    live in downtown Jersey City in a small apartment, so room to exercise
    off-leash is scarce. What we do to exercise Coach is we take him into our
    gated parking lot out back and play fetch or–weather permitting–I take
    him out on my adult scooter with a harness and let him pull me around the
    local high school, which he loves. If we let Penny in the parking lot off
    leash, she won’t chase balls or toys and will instead wander around eating
    leaves or spit-out gum or whatever. When we take Penny on scoots with us,
    she seems both happy and miserable, one moment smiling, the next biting at
    her leash while it’s going on and also sulking in the bathroom when we get
    home. We haven’t taken her on a scoot in a few weeks.

    Aside from this, the dogs wrestle pretty regularly indoors for twenty
    minute stints with ten minute breaks, which is acceptable except that Coach
    totally dominates Penny. He tries really hard to stay within acceptable
    behavior limits, but sometimes he gets carried away, and we’ll hear her cry
    when he bites her ear, but he ignores her and she cries louder, and we’ll
    have to intervene. Penny constantly re-engages Coach, which makes it seem
    like it’s all in good fun, so that’s fine and may even be what we wanted in
    a second dog. Our best strategy to keep the play fun and safe is to
    introduce toys as an intermediary, which they accept for a while, but
    eventually they’ll drop it and begin (playfully) biting each other directly
    again, and then it’s only a matter of time before Penny squeals and maybe
    gets upset. (I’ve tried various methods to train them in this regard, to
    tell them “good” and give them treats when they play with the toy and make
    them stop playing when they drop it, but these attempts only serve to
    distract them and get them jostling against each other for treats from me,
    abandoning the toy and their play, so now I just sort of monitor and tell
    Coach to “leave it” [*it* being Penny’s ear] or otherwise break them up
    when they drop the toy.)

    This video addresses exactly what we experience with Coach on walks, minus
    an added complication that most of his distractions are in motion: other
    walking dogs and bicyclists, mostly. I’ve attempted various forms of this
    training strategy, but I always fail to get Coach’s attention back on me
    while the distraction is still present; owners with their dogs rush off,
    and bicyclists whizz by. It would have been nice here to see the cars
    addressed a bit more, for example, but the theory should be good and is
    directly related to previous training successes I had with Kalli back when.
    Likely, a good start would be to get a person with a dog or a bicycle and
    have them interrupt our walks (after giving Coach some good exercise, of
    course), but I think we might also be able to take him to (towards?) one of
    the dog parks and work within zones of compliance about approaching the dog
    park without totally losing his cool. He seems to be less intent on
    cyclists than he was when the issue first flared up…

    One thing we’ve started doing recently as we’ve really sunk into how
    serious some of Coach’s training needs are is that we’ve begun walking him
    and Penny separately. Due to his high distractibility, Coach is
    unpredictable on walks, and Penny tries to sync up with his high and
    frantic energy and begins pulling at her leash in a way she hasn’t since
    our first weeks together. Her bad spots aren’t related to external
    distractions as much as trying to communicate with us where she wants to go
    or matching Coach’s energy level when we have them out together, but when
    Coach gets upset about another nearby dog he wants to greet, Penny tends to
    participate and exacerbate rather than remain calm or help to police the
    situation.

    This is all to say thank you for this video and all the videos so far.
    Excellent dog-training resources have been hard to come by, and you’ve
    impacted how I and we together address dog training. Pointed videos like
    these are exactly what we need, the same way our dogs need us to pointedly
    address one issue at a time. We’ve already ditched both prong collars (I
    had never used such a tool with Kalli and was sad when we got them first
    for Penny and then for Coach), and we’re going to wholly focus on positive
    behavioral training for both dogs, and do our best to get Penny invested in
    our home and Coach to be able to handle distractions safely and with
    dignity.

  13. Maria A
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    That dog literally has perfect markings and ears <3

  14. Nora Camann
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    My dog howls when the ambulance goes by. I kind of like this though so have
    not gone to correct it. It’s just too darn cute.

  15. eabrams00
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    Hey Zak – I noticed a point where you “wanted to see if he would take
    treats.” What do you do in a situation when he is so overwhelmed that he
    won’t even accept a high-value treat when placed directly in his face?
    What’s an effective way to divert attention?

  16. 박안나
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    I tried to do this to my dog but it didnt work… everytime my dog and I go
    foe a walk, he never looks at me. So before he reacts and pull on the
    leash, I told him to look at me but he didnt. So I tried again by holding
    the treats in front of his face to get the attention but he still didnt
    look… what should I do to get his attention on me?!!!! :(

  17. Kamila Cullen
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    Your videos are so helpful! Thanks so much :)

  18. Sam Marie
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    My dog (1year old) will go outside for her walk and do her business but
    less than a half hour later she will hide and poop on my floor. I don’t
    understand why she does this or how to fix it….. suggestions?

  19. Taylor Jones
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    My Jack Russell mix is an extreme leash puller. We will be walking and I
    keep her right at my heels, or try to at least. I say try to because she
    PULLS! and pulls and pulls…To the point that she’s gasping for air. She
    will gasp for air for the entire walk, and she just wants to run away, so
    in combination with the gasping, she is scratching the ground, like she’s
    grabbing the ground.When I first got her it wasn’t nearly as bad but she’s
    just over a year now and at first I figured “she’d learn, she’d eventually
    realize it’s uncomfortable or hurts and she’s figure it out”. But no. If
    only I could record her doing this to show you how OTT she is!! The only
    time she doesn’t do this is when we are half way done with our long 4-mile
    daily walks and begins to tire out… Any advice? 

  20. IpetsUnited
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    Well my 10 week old puppy keeps eating grass when I let him outside in my
    garden for excersise. (He has only jad 1 vaccination he still needs to have
    his next one before he can go walks) So I just wanted to know if for a 10
    week old puppy eating grass is ok?

  21. Mark Kalinowski
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    Zak George training is the best method I’ve tried….now if I could only
    get 1 1/10th of his energy. My two black labs love him too…. :-) 

  22. Rohit Sonawane
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    My dog (GSD 4 month old) would pick up and eat anything he see’s while
    walking (leave’s, rocks etc). Can you help me out with that? 

  23. bensabee
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    What should I do with a dog thank doesn’t care for treats? She doesn’t much
    care for any that I have tried

  24. Skruny
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    I love your videos, it helped me a lot, I have been trying to find
    something to help my dog and finally I found your training :D

  25. ana kraus
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    Would this kind of training also work on my 9 month Jack Russell/Dachshund
    mix? Everytime we cross the street she lunges and barks at people and
    bikes… please help!

  26. Jodie A.
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    Zak
    I’ve been looking for something on a similar subject to Laffites only
    my 6 year old 15 pound rescued Chihuahua has an issue with barking growling
    and lunging at other dogs and some humans on walks. I have been working
    with him for 3 years to break this habit and it has diminished alot with
    smaller dogs but large dogs are doggy enemy number 1 in my dogs eyes. He
    has also made many human friends and I now am quickef at telling people not
    to reach for him and then i explain why while also explaining that he needs
    to go to them on his terms.

    Is there a way I can help this process along? I have travel limitations as
    i can’t drive and pet dogs are not allowed o public buses. Any ideas?

    Jodie A

  27. wb6162
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    Wow, this dog. I’m glad there are patient people in the world. I grew up
    on a farm and when I was a kid…a dog that acted like this one? Destined
    for a deep hole. 

  28. Cindy Firestone
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    This was great, but my dog is larger and weighs more than that one. I try
    to be ready for it but I’m occasionally thrown off balance when she’s
    barking and lunging and I end up on the ground, trying to hold on.
    Squirrels, cats, other dogs (especially small ones) all set her off while
    on leash. How would you recommend I control her when she’s over-excited
    and won’t respond to treats? I can’t put distance between her and the
    distraction if I can’t physically move her. Would really appreciate some
    help. Thanks!

  29. Ziqian Li
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    me n my dog Ray we live in Melbourne. every time we push the button to
    cross the street, the button makes the ding ding noise which drives him
    crazy just like the one in this video biting the tree.

  30. Lucy S
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    Hi Zak! My dog is similar to Lafitte in that he is SO incredibly distracted
    when we get outside on leash. I noticed in the video you checked if he
    would take a treat or be interested in taking a treat before you started
    working. My issue is that my dog is not even interested in a treat when we
    were are outside on the leash. He will be interested in it in the back yard
    but out front he is WAY too distracted. i’ve used regular treats, soft
    ones, cut up meat, etc. Help! He is a 2 and a half year old lab mix.

  31. poloo .angel
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    My girl liked to roll in poo after showers…dont know why… even when she
    was old…we really had to look out when we walked her after baths..

  32. George Goss
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    i had a dog that pull on the leash like him, so i went out and bought a
    longboard and to see how she would like pulling me on my new longborad and
    she LOVED it. 

  33. rustyredbc1
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    +Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution just want to say that I think that
    this is probably the best video I have seen from you, I love all your other
    videos too and find them extremely helpful but to see the transformation
    with this dog was incredible. To that owner you are so patient and you are
    actually an inspiration to many dog owners that are experiencing similar
    issues. The fact that you didn’t give up on your dog is fantastic. That
    appeared to be a very difficult and frustrating behaviour to manage. My dog
    has some leash reactivity issues as well so i know how frustrating it is to
    be walking down the street and be dragged down the street to get to the
    dogs behind the gate. I’ve been working hard with him too. I hope you
    continue to make these great videos Zak. I do have one question though and
    I don’t want you to think that I am a bad dog owner. My dog wears a check
    chain only because I feel that he might accidently slip a flat collar. Is
    there any chance you could tell me what the best training collar would be.
    like a martingale or just a flat collar. I don’t want him slipping his
    collar. In all other aspects of my training I am very positive. Thank you
    so much for these videos Zak. 

  34. Beth Stafford-Jones
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    I have an 11 year old Irish Setter who is wonderful. However, she is a
    rescue dog and I have had her for two and a half years. She pulls on the
    lead dreadfully and is extremely difficult to train not to do this. She
    has arthritis in her back legs and has been limited on exercise by her vet.
    I also think she may be bored as she has started to eat bits of tree bark.
    What can I do to get her to walk with a loose lead and not pull and give
    her some entertainment which is not too strenuous. She is not a dog who
    plays with toys or shows any interest in them. Can you advise me about
    what I should do and expect, please?

  35. Shelica Norwood
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    Dog barking and biting. . 4 months old . He will sit and stay but don’t
    know how to get him to not bark all the time and bit

  36. lisa kabalu
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    My rhodesian boxer, marley chews swings and tires

  37. Max S
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    Zac, you’re a dog lover, not a pack leader. LEARN TO HARNESS NATURE AND NOT
    TEACH DOGS TO ACT LIKE PEOPLE.

  38. ekam brar
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    +Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution i think it would be interesting if
    you put a video up on how to train an antisocial dog. I know many friends
    with this problem and i think you could help them. Thanks in advance for
    any support.

  39. 21Javex
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    My dogs pull, bark, and they sometimes get out of there collars. 

  40. katrisha valenciano
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    My cardigan welsh corgi randomly lunges and barks at people during our
    walk. She heels great and walks great on the leash. she also becomes
    submissive when she meets strangers who wants to say Hi during our walk.
    Her ears would go back, tail wags, lies down and crawls toward the person
    and even rolls on her back and asks for belly rubs. But after she gets a
    few seconds of petting she just snaps.. lunges, barks, growls, shows teeth.
    She’s just so unpredictable.. any help or suggestions would be great!
    Thanks!

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