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How To Train Your Dog To Stop Pulling On The Leash

With the dog constantly pulling on the leash, many people have a hard time walking their dogs. Dog trainer Basil Theofanides takes us through some simple commands that could make walking your dog a pleasant experience rather than a horrid affair


"Okay guys, dogs pulling - isn’t it the biggest problem? So today’s lesson I’ll be teaching you each how to walk your dogs without pulling. It’s called social walking"

"Social walk means this - dogs allowed to go out to the end of the leash. I see people doing this walking down the street. They walk along, the dog crosses this side, then goes behind, then goes this way and that way, and they’re doing a nice little dance as they are walking down the street. So the dog’s dictating to them the direction of travel and pace"

"So we are going to learn first of all how to hold our leash. Right hand goes through the loop of the leash like that, clasp the strap, left hand slide down the leash and keep your dog on the your left side. That’s our starting point"

"Can I borrow Wilson? Get his attention. Let's go good boy Wilson. So we’ve stopped, rewarded by praise, round we go to the left and we just stop here. Just proper tone and voice modulation and also apply just a quick tug on the leash."

"Make sure you use your voice. Get your tone right and I’ll be on your case until you do."

"Okay class, social walking let's go. Out to the end of the leash, relax those leads. I want to see no tension at all. Left turn, pull back and turn around your dog. Say, 'let's go' when you do, happy voice, praise them when they are walking. Don’t run after your dog, you set the pace."

"Exercise finished! Give your dogs a pat, well done. A lot of pats, they love the pats. Well done give yourself a round of applause."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.