Resources on Leash Walking:
- When teaching a dog how to walk nicely on a leash, be sure to carry high-value treats.
- A good front-clip harness can also help to reduce pulling in conjunction with training. My favorites are:
- I also recommend a hands-free leash. With the hands-free leash, you're using your core/body weight instead of your arms, and there's an extra layer of safety because you don't have to worry about dropping the leash. A bungee-style hands-free leash might also absorb some of the shock/tension caused by pulling. There are several options for hands-free leashes, depending on what you're looking for (e.g. length, reflective, pockets for treats and poop bags, etc.). Just be sure to read the product specifications and reviews to ensure it's secure and won't break if your dog pulls hard.
- Please note: while the right equipment can reduce your dog's pulling and make it more manageable, I recommend training in conjunction with a front-clip harness and hands-free leash for persistent/strong pullers.
- Foundation behaviors for loose-leash walking:
- Here's how to teach loose-leash walking:
If your dog is reactive on leash, please see this page on leash reactivity.
While the resources above can help, working with a qualified dog trainer can be extremely beneficial. Dog training is an unregulated industry, which means anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, even without any formal training or education. It's even legal for trainers to use outdated methods that scientific research has shown to worsen fear and aggression long term and that damage the human-dog bond. Connecting dog guardians with educated, experienced and humane trainers is something Coexistence Consulting is very passionate about. Please contact me with your location, and I can recommend an animal behavior professional near you. You can read more about how to choose a dog trainer here.