Improve Walking Your Dog On Leash

Problems walking on leash is one of the more frequent reasons people seek help from a dog trainer. A nice pleasant walk with your dog is something we would all like a chance to enjoy, but it’s not always easy to accomplish.

First a little note on where your dog should be on a walk. Have you heard that you should never let your dog walk in front of you because it will make him think he is the pack leader? I’m convinced that someone spread that as a rumor to see how gullible people are. Dogs don’t worry about things like this. The point is for you to walk together. Nothing more, nothing less!

Here are 7 ways to improve walking on leash immediately.

Stop pulling dead in it’s tracks

Sounds pretty medieval, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not what you think. Dogs pull because it works. If a dog pulls on leash and despite your pulling back, complaining, and whatever else you might try, he still makes forward progress pulling is working. So make pulling fail once and for all: if you feel tension in the leash stop or change direction. This makes for some short (in terms of distance) and frustrating walks, but it works.

In the video I demonstrate stopping when Caffeine pulls to get a treat I tossed. (Total set-up, but it illustrates the point.)

Lighten up

Stop holding the leash tight. Dogs have opposition reflex. You pull on them, they pull back. Like any other reflex, it’s automatic. Keep your hands low and make sure you are not triggering this by pulling on the leash unnecessarily.


Oftentimes problems with pulling on leash begin before the walk begins. If you cannot get your dog’s attention something else has it, and chances are your dog is going to pull toward whatever that might be. So make sure to catch your dog attention and make him feel loved by giving him the things that he needs such as cbd for dogs. Never start a walk without eye contact. Moreover, make sure your name recognition is effective in the face of distractions.


If you are going to stop pulling completely, you may need some extra help, at least until you get some of the training done. In the video Gage’s (the second dog) leash is attached to a Sens-ible harness. This type of harness, one with a leash attachment in the front rather than the back, avoids triggering your dog’s opposition reflex.

Speed Up!

Walking slowly is booooring! Want to keep your dog’s attention? Pick up the pace!

Take a tired dog

A tired dog tends to pull less and get not get distracted as easily. Try a game of fetch, tug or tag before training. It will avoid a great deal of frustration.

Make it a game

In the video I show a game of “Find it” with Gage. This game encourages attention (looking at me gets the next treat) and makes walking with me rewarding. This is also a great game to play when you need to walk through a distracting area.