Springer Spaniel Pulling all the time

by Carol
(Dundee Scotland)

My springer is almost 19 months old. He is a really great dog except for pulling on the lead. I've tried halti nose band, gentle leader, halti harness and mikki walkrite harness. The last one helped initially then he just started pulling again. He only pulls really badly on the way out, coming home he's like a different dog. I can't use treats with him because he is not interested in treats when he is out. Please help!!


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Mar 06, 2014
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6 month old springer pulling on lead NEW
by: Amanda Carlton

I've tried collar, halti and now on a non-pull harness which has been the best by far. I've realised that keeping him on a short lead next to me just doesn't work (for my dog). The past 6 days he has been on the non pull harness with a longer lead and he seems to enjoy walking a little in front of me and the pulling has almost stopped. He stops at the wait command and sits. He does still pull when he is on the home straight but I can live with that. Walking to heel at my side just isn't for my dog, he likes to be in front so he can stop and look up at me for commands and praise.

Mar 06, 2014
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6 month old springer pulling on lead NEW
by: Amanda Carlton

I've tried collar, halti and now on a non-pull harness which has been the best by far. I've realised that keeping him on a short lead next to me just doesn't work (for my dog). The past 6 days he has been on the non pull harness with a longer lead and he seems to enjoy walking a little in front of me and the pulling has almost stopped. He stops at the wait command and sits. He does still pull when he is on the home straight but I can live with that. Walking to heel at my side just isn't for my dog, he likes to be in front so he can stop and look up at me for commands and praise.

May 16, 2012
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squirt bottle NEW
by: Anonymous

a squirt bottle or gun works wonders

Jan 26, 2012
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Trick that works with every dog I've walked NEW
by: Sasha

Something that I do when walking dogs ( my own springer walks perfectly with me and when I walk friends dogs for them I do this, even dogs that have never been walked learn to behave with just a few repetitions).

It will take patience so I recommend setting yourself a day where you have an hour or two spare and just take your problem Springer initially.

What you do is put his lead on him and then have him sit by the door. Have him sit as long as it takes to relax so he doesn't just bolt out the door the moment you put the lead on. Then when you open the door/gate make sure you go out first, I find that holding him on one side of you with the leash around your back prevents him from pulling ahead. Then comes the easy yet painstakingly annoying bit. Hold the leash so that he remains next to your leg, and do not move until he stops pulling. He may gasp and grunt and pull and scramble and dig up bits of earth but he will stop at some point to look at you and possibly wonder what your doing. The moment the leash relaxes in your hand start moving, if he pulls again stop and repeat. This method does work easiest with puppies but I have found that patience will win on a dog of any age. It may mean initially you only take two or three steps at a time and then stay still for anything up to 15 minutes with the dog pulling but I have yet to meet the dog this method doesn't work with. The dog will soon learn that if he pulls on the leash he doesn't get to move and once he picks this up he will not move beyond what the leash length is, if he feels tension he will wait for you to catch up and if he doesn't you just stop. No commands are necessary for this.

I personally don't like using heel commands on my dog when I take him for walks. Heeling your dog makes the dog work as your commanding him to do something and I only use it when I'm doing obedience as it tells the dog now is not time to relax, you need to keep your attention on me as more commands will follow. When your just taking a nice stroll you want the dog to relax as well and enjoy himself and this is better achieved when he learns that he needs to walk with you in your pack naturally and not because your commanding him to, but that is just a very personal feeling and if heeling works better for your dog you may wish to do that instead.

Jan 25, 2012
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had same issue NEW
by: Niall - Coco pops - Ireland

And havent fully got it sorted yet. reckon if they are full of energy / beans, then the excitment of getting a walk / run / chasing birds is just too much for them, poor things. I find after a good run, if mine pulls at the lead while walking back to the car (still cant get her to get into it off the lead - just looks at me as if im mad as if to say "so much fun out here why would I get into that yoke)

always keep them to the left of you - they seem to like it better)I give her a good yank, say "Heel" in a deep voice and keep her walking just behind me (im the pack leader after all!!) have found she is now the best girl ever and walks perfectly becide me.

hope this helps,


Jan 25, 2012
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spaniel pulling all the time NEW
by: Anonymous

I did take my boy to gun dog puppy classes and that helped - because he focusses better on me now. He is really good until we are within about 100 metres of the field, then he pulls. I just stop and stand still every time he pulls, so it takes longer to get to where he wants to go. I struggle with it too, as I walk two dogs together, but it does focus him when he has to wait. If I just take him on a lead walk (he knows we are not going to the fields if we walk the other way) he is as good as gold all the way. They are more clever than most dogs I think!

Jan 24, 2012
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same here also NEW
by: Gary

Our Ruby is 2 1/2. Does the exactly the same
routine. If I hold her back along my side she does better. We just use a chest harness. Keep her close too you..We are at the beach. Rubys chasing sandpipers all over the place. Ended up one tried puppy.

Jan 24, 2012
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Springet pulling on the lead all the time NEW
by: Maria

My Springer was exactly the same i bought him a Canny Collar its similar to a halti but fastens at the back of the head as opposed to underneath the neck worked for me and with pererverance he walks like a dream now ..hope this helps

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