How to Teach Your Dog to Walk on a Leash: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

To teach our dogs how to walk nicely on leash, sometimes we need a bit more help. Perhaps your dog is strong or large and no matter how hard you try to successfully implement the strategies mentioned above, she continues to pull. What to do? Here are some training tools that can help:

Why it’s hard to teach dogs to walk nicely on leash – and how to make it easier.

If all goes according to plan, your dog will calmly and cooperatively walk on a loose leash. Subsequently, both you and your dog will receive more pleasure and bonding from your neighborhood walks. Moreover, when you begin to receive more enjoyment from your walks, you will probably walk your dog more, which increases your dog’s quality of life.

How to Train an Older Dog to Walk Calmly on a Leash: 9 Steps

of How to Train an Older Dog to Walk Calmly on a Leash was reviewed by  on March 20, 2017. Even if your dog is the neighborhood goodwill ambassador, do not permit him to rush up to unknown dogs or people. Not all dogs tolerate a strange dog at close range, which can lead to scuffles or worse. Always ask the other pet parent if it’s okay to approach and respect their wishes if they opt to pass without a meeting. Finally, don’t forget to bring bags with you during your leash walks. Dog waste is a contaminant, and no one wants to see it or accidentally step in it if you fail to scoop the poop.

Walking dogs that pull on the leash is not fun

If you have a friend with a dog, leash up your dogs and go for a nice long walk together. Parallel walking keeps the dogs busy walking, but they’re able to have some social time as well. All their needs are being met and you’re getting some exercise and social time with your friend. It’s a win-win for the dogs and the people.

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All dogs, regardless of size, age, or lifestyle, should be taught basic leash skills. You should be able to take your dog for a walk around the block or into a crowded veterinary office without having your legs wrapped up or your shoulder dislocated. Even a pint-sized pooch can take the fun out of a walk if he pulls, spins, and jerks you around, and good leash skills are also important for safety, both your dog’s and your own. When he is properly leash trained, your dog will walk steadily on one side of you with the leash slack. Like many other aspects of good training, teaching him to do this will require some time and effort, but the payoff is a dog who is a pleasure to walk.Get your dog to walk without pulling! But how? We are masters at allowing our dogs to drag us down the street. The most asked question at obedience classes and private consultations is "how can I get my dog not to pull on his leash?"