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"Leash Lessons: Navigating the Path to Polite Walking"

Navigating the world with your dog by your side can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but mastering the art of walking a dog on a leash properly and safely is essential for a harmonious and stress-free outing. Walking your dog on a leash is not just about physical exercise; it's an opportunity to strengthen your bond, enhance communication, and promote good behaviour.


In this blog, we'll delve into the importance of leash training, explore effective techniques to encourage polite walking and share tips to ensure the safety and enjoyment of both you and your dog during your walks. Whether you're a new dog owner or looking to refine your walking skills, this guide aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools to make every walk a pleasant and enriching experience for you and your pup.



A dog that pulls on the leash can pose various risks and potential dangers to both themselves and the person holding the leash.


Here's why:


  1. Risk of Injury:

  • To the Dog: Constant pulling and straining can cause neck, throat, and back injuries to a dog. Over time, this can lead to musculoskeletal issues, pain, and discomfort.

  • To the Handler: A strong-pulling dog can cause the handler to lose balance, resulting in falls, sprains, or injuries. The force exerted by the dog can also lead to injuries to the hand, wrist, or shoulder.

  1. Escaping or Running Away:

  • A dog that pulls forcefully may manage to slip out of their collar, or leash escaping and running away, especially if they spot something exciting or frightening. This can lead to dangerous situations, such as running into traffic, or getting lost.

  1. Increased Reactivity:

  • Pulling on the leash can heighten a dog's reactivity, making them more prone to barking, lunging, or reacting inappropriately towards other dogs, people, or stimuli they encounter. This can escalate situations and increase the risk of conflicts or confrontations.


Other reasons to have better control are:


  1. Reduced Control and Communication:

  • Excessive pulling diminishes the handler's ability to effectively communicate with the dog, leading to misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and a breakdown in control. This lack of control can result in the dog ignoring commands, making it challenging to manage and direct their behaviour appropriately.

  1. Negative Experiences:

  • Continuous pulling can turn walks into stressful and unpleasant experiences for both the dog and the handler, leading to reluctance or anxiety about going for walks. This negativity can further exacerbate behavioural issues and undermine the bond and trust between the dog and the walker.

Where to start to gain control on a walk?


Focus on basic training and obedience. Teach your dog essential commands like 'Sit,' 'Wait,' 'Close,' and 'Come' to reinforce control and responsiveness during walks. Utilise balanced reinforcement techniques, such as verbal cues and praise, to reward and reinforce desired behaviours, encouraging your dog to stay focused and attentive. Practice loose leash walking consistently, maintaining a consistent pace, and encouraging your dog to walk beside you without pulling. Be mindful of potential distractions and anticipate your dog's reactions to redirect their attention and maintain control. Project confidence and assertiveness to convey leadership, establishing yourself as the one in control and promoting calm and cooperative behaviour in your dog.


Avoid pulling back on the leash or engaging in tense interactions, as this can increase resistance and make it harder to maintain control. Remember to remain calm, patient, and consistent in your responses to create a positive and respectful relationship with your dog. By implementing these strategies and practising regular training and handling exercises, you can start to control, and improve your dog's leash manners, and enjoy safer, more enjoyable walks together.


If you're seeking additional guidance and training to ensure safe and calm walks with your dog, or if your dog's pulling behaviour is causing challenges during walks and you'd like to address it, reach out to Neil at 050 8717 073 to learn more about our diverse training options. Among our offerings, our Target Training Programs include a specialised program focused on leashwork, designed to help you and your dog master the art of walking together harmoniously.





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