Springer Spaniel Pulling on the lead
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As a new first time puppy owner and after previously asking other questions I am here again looking for some advice.
My ESS is now 20 weeks and and whilst I am quite proud of how his training is developing I am concerned about how hard he pulls when on the lead.
We are trying our utmost to get him to walk to heel but he pulls that much his neck appears to be red by the end of his walk.
We have just started taking his to dog training classes and the staff there tell us that he will eventually stop pulling so much but never the less I am concerned we are hurting him or shall I say he is hurting himself.
Has anyone got any advice and words of reassurance that he will stop pulling so hard.
Springers are terrible at walking to heel on the lead, in fact its never something I have quite cracked with my springers. They are better walking to heel off the lead than on it.
Its all part of their instinct they, they are desperate to go out hunting with you, its what they live for. Your trainer is right it will come with time, keep perservering.
What I will say though is after his walk try some focused heel work, that way they are tired from the walk and have had the excitement of being out.
Put your springer on your left hand side and take the lead round your back and old it on your left and right hand side so they are right next to you. Walk on, and every time he pulls, stop until they have stopped pulling. Keep doing this until they realise you will not walk until they stop pulling. Keep doing this over and over again, little and often and it will come
Hope that helps and good luck!!!