How to Teach a Dog to Walk on a Leash

How to teach a dog to walk on a leash

Dear Hindy,

My name is Allison and I have a 90lb dog named Jasmine. I love her so much but I can’t walk her anymore. She pulls so hard I ended up at my doctor’s office with a sore arm. Please help!

How to Teach a Dog To Walk on a Leash

Dear Allison,

I feel your pain…literally!! As a former dog walker I had my fair share of walks with dogs who had no idea how to walk on a leash, and I would end up with such a sore arm, at times I felt like it was going to be yanked out of its’ socket. Luckily there’s plenty you can do. Because Jasmine isn’t getting enough exercise, she’s likely to pull even harder the next time you take her out because of all that pent up energy. Having her chase a ball or just run around the yard will help burn off some of that energy, so leash training will be a bit easier.

There are two methods you can try, each one involves a regular leash (not a flexi leash) and keeping her on one side of you at all times.

Start walking, and every time she pulls stop until the leash has some give then carry on. You must stop every single time for her to learn she won’t get anywhere unless she walks nicely.

The second method is changing direction every time she pulls. Start walking, she pulls, turn around and walk in the opposite direction, she pulls, change direction again.

Start with one method and try it for a few days and see what happens. One of them will work for you, but you need patience and you absolutely have to be consistent every time. That goes for everyone walking Jasmine.

Good luck.

 

 

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Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

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