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How to Teach Your Dog to Pull on a Rope

Learn how to teach your dog to pull on a rope with this Howcast dog training video featuring professional dog trainer Andrea Arden.


Matey and I are going to show you how to teach your dog to pull on a rope.

There are lots of practical uses for teaching your dog this trick. That could be opening up a drawer, or opening up a door. I'm going to show you first how to teach your dog to pull on a rope from your hand, That's generally a little bit easier, and then we're going to work on pulling a rope that's attached to the door of the crate.

To begin with, you need to get your dog excited about pulling on a rope from your hand. Essentially, we're teaching them to tug. So I'm just going to get her excited about the rope, hopefully, get her tugging a little bit on it, wanting to pull. Yay. Good girl. Make it really fun, and exciting for your dog Yay. Good girl! Get it. Once they're tugging or pulling easily on that rope, as now we're getting, we're going to work on this on the crate door. Drop.

To begin with, she knows she's supposed to take it. I'm just going to hold the rope up in my hand and encourage her to go for it. Get it. Good. As soon as she pulls, I say "good". She gets a treat. I'm holding the door shut with the other hand so she doesn't just try to get in there with her paw or nose. Good!

This trick can now become a way to get your dog into their crate. Once she actually pulls on that rope, I'm going to cue her to get inside. Baby, pull. I'm waiting for her to actually pull. Good. Crate. Good. OK.

Now to get the full behavior. I'm not going to hold it closed. Sit. And I'm just going to cue her to pull on it. Pull. Good. Crate. Good.

And that's how you train your dog to pull on a rope.

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