Teaching Your Dog To Be Off Leash
How to train your dog to come to you off leash and walk with you
without a leash
basic dog training and
walking a dog on a leash
people enjoy the freedom of walking their dog off of a leash.
dog has always been very attentive to our commands, so he enjoys
being let off of his leash in appropriate areas from time to time.
As a rule, it isn't a good idea to allow your dog to walk off leash
in crowded places or areas heavy with car traffic.
can be dangerous and just isn't worth the stress.
You may think you know that your dog wouldn’t run into
traffic, but you can never be 100% sure of what situations may
Maybe your dog is afraid of cars, but he sees a dog across
the street and runs toward it, even though there’s traffic going by.
These are the kinds of risks that you take when you walk your dog
That doesn't mean that you can't teach your dog to walk
leash and give him that privilege when an appropriate situation
arises (like walking on the beach or in a large field.)
But in order to be a responsible pet owner, you should be
aware of the possible situations that can occur when your dog is off
Test your dog before teaching your dog to be off leash
We recommend only allowing your dog off leash in areas that
are open and free of life-threatening distractions. That being said,
walking off leash is not for every dog. Many dogs will run away if
let off of their leashes.
It is a good idea to “test” your dog in large enclosed areas
to see how responsive your dog is to your commands and how well he
can ignore distractions like other dogs, small animals and other
It’s also good to know how your dog responds to unusual
additions to his environment like a kite or a person on a bicycle.
If your dog ignores these distractions and focuses on you, there’s a
better chance that you will have success teaching him to walk
without a leash.
Step by Step - Teaching your dog to be off leash
There’s no clear method to teach your dog how to walk off
leash. Some dogs will naturally stick close to you, while others
will enjoy running free on their own.
We recommend the
you let your dog off of his leash and he runs free, call him to Come
and treat him.
this several times to keep your dog in close proximity to you.
Continue to treat your dog every few minutes so that he sees a
benefit in staying near you.
Be two steps ahead of your dog when walking without a leash
Part of walking off leash with your dog is being aware and
proactive of situations that might occur. We enjoy taking Lucky on
hiking trips with us and we often allow him off leash on hiking
trails. When we do this, we have to keep aware of other hikers and
dogs that we may cross on the trail. If we hear or see hikers coming
our way, we call Lucky and quickly leash him up in case the other
hikers are afraid, allergic or just unfriendly towards dogs.
Walking your dog without a leash requires that you remain aware and
anticipate situations so you can take precautions and keep
unpleasant things from happening to you, your dog and any other
people or dogs that you may come across.
Enjoying your pet off leash
is wonderful, but you should never be a nuisance to other people and
pets who are trying to enjoy their time together. Be sure to leash
your pet when he may approach other people or other animals. Being
considerate helps everyone who comes into contact with you and your