Training - Walking a Dog On A Leash
Easy to use steps that will help you train your dog to walk
properly on a leash
dog training collars and lead and
teaching your dog to be off leash
is not rare to see a dog owner being pulled wildly around on the end
of a leash while on the other end; their dog is charging ahead into
the great outdoors, oblivious that he’s doing anything wrong.
a walk with your dog should be an enjoyable experience for both of
More frequently it becomes a tug of war between you and your
dog that is frustrating on both ends of the leash.
Training your dog
walking on a leash is very important for every dog.
Allowing your dog to pull you around is not only uncomfortable for
you, but it can be very dangerous for your dog and it only
reinforces his bad walking
When you start training your dog for walking on a
leash, you'll find that walks are much more enjoyable for you and
Equipment for Dog Training Walking on a Leash
When you train
your dog to walk on a leash, it’s important to use the correct
equipment. There are two main types of leashes that are widely used.
One is a retractable leash and the other is a plain leash made of
nylon or leather.
While teaching your dog how to walk on a leash, you’ll want
to use a plain leash. You can use nylon or leather, but leather will
give you the most control. These leashes come in a variety of
lengths, for a large dog, you’ll want a leash no longer than 5 feet.
If the leash is any longer than that, it will be difficult to
maintain control of your dog. Once your dog is adept at walking on a
regular leash, you can try walking him on a retractable leash.
Retractable leashes are nice to use once your dog can walk
properly on a leash. Don’t use a retractable leash to teach your dog
how to walk because it gives him mixed signals on how far ahead of
you he can go without pulling. Also, retractable leashes by their
very nature give you less control of your dog. Save this type of
leash for when your dog is well behaved while walking.
Communication is Key to Dog Behavior Leash Training
Leash training is the ultimate in communication with your
dog. When you’re on a walk together, you and your dog have the
different goals – your dog wants to collect new smells and chase
squirrels and birds, while you just want him to get some exercise
and use the bathroom already. Training your dog to walk properly on
a leash means that your dog will do what you want him to do and
he’ll see that he can still get some smells in along the way.
How to Train Your Dog Walking on a Leash
To train your dog
to walk properly on a leash, use the following methods:
Part One: Prevent
your dog to an open area and place your dog on his leash.
walking with your dog.
your dog begins pulling you in a particular direction, give your
dog’s leash a little tug and begin walking in the opposite direction
of where he’s pulling you.
your dog comes easily in the opposite direction and he doesn’t pull
you forward, reward him with praise.
Continue walking and do the turnaround whenever your dog begins to
first time you do this with your dog, it will take him a little
while to figure out that pulling gets him nowhere. When you walk
your dog after this exercise, do the turnaround whenever necessary.
Additional Methods for Dog Walking on Leash
Part Two: Stay on
This part will help you when your dog sees something worth
chasing and he pulls you off of your course toward an object.
your dog pulls you off of your path, say “No” while using a firm
the same time, sharply tug your dog’s leash to place him back on the
your dog moves forward or looks at you or looks forward on the path,
reward him with praise and a treat.
this every time your dog attempts to derail you from your path while
walking. Over time, it will only take you saying “No” for him to
ignore the distraction and continue walking forward.
Part Three: Stop
While walking in your neighborhood or anywhere else, you’ll
probably need to stop and start a few times through the walk. That’s
where this part of the method comes in.
you need to stop at a traffic light or for another reason, stop your
dog with a tug on his leash and say “Wait.”
your dog the Sit command.
it’s okay for him to resume walking, say “Let’s go” and pull his
leash forward while you walk.
dog will quickly learn what the spoken commands mean, and over time
he will immediately hesitate at street crossings or other places
where you normally stop and start.