A woman walking a black-and-white dog with text "Walk a Dog on a Loose Leash"

Who’s walking who? Wouldn’t it be great if our dogs were born knowing how to walk nice and polite on a leash? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. That being said, all dogs should be taught to how to walk on the leash in a positive way without jerking Grandmother’s arm out of the shoulder socket. A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a pleasure to walk.  Dogs that pull on the leash while being walked do not want to be a pack leader, top dog, or prove their dominance. The dog’s explanation is it just loves to be outside! The walk is a stimulating and exciting part of their day, so the drive to push ahead is very strong. In other words, the more they pull and lunge, the faster they can get where they are going.

No one enjoys walking a dog who constantly pulls. It is an unpleasant experience and, in some cases, can be dangerous. Dog owners often end up avoiding a walk with their dog completely.

How to get started?

• Use the right tools: regular buckled collar and a six-foot leash.

• Establish manners before the walk: Sit – Down – Stay – Heel. Reward with a treat or verbal praise.

• Set up the dog to succeed: begin with a good romp or ball-tossing game to help work off some energy.

• Be consistent: Never let the dog get away with pulling. It’s similar to housebreaking. Be committed and reward for good manners.

Walking the dog has several benefits for both the owner and the dog. In short, training the dog to behave properly on walks could seriously improve the quality of life for your pet and yourself. Start working on a loose leash and enjoy the best dog walking experience!

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