Dog Walking Lesson 1: How to Hold a Leash

Almost every client I have has asked for advice in regards to handling their dog on a leash. Sometimes people come to me because they hate walking their dog and they’d just rather have someone else do it; their dog is either pulling or aggressively lunging or likes to stop to sniff every 5 feet parking all 4 paws solidly in the ground. When you and your dog are out of sync, somewhere in the pile of paperwork detailing all that you should know about walking your dog is one page missing causing this total miscommunication. When these concerns come up, I am thrilled because people who want to improve their dog walks want to improve their relationship with their dog. There is no doubt in my mind that a good relationship between an owner and his or her dog starts on a leash.

There are many things that we can do to make our walks with our canine pals better. The first step is making sure you are holding the leash correctly. And that’s what we’re going over today. Seems simple right? It is! The problem is that it isn’t always intuitive and many times, people hold the leash in a manner that does not allow clear communication. This is just a 30 second lesson that will set many dog owners on a path to successfully and impressively walk their dogs.

Yes, it’s true! Believe it or not, this really is a better way to hold a leash. By holding the leash correctly you’ll help your dog relax, have more control, and improve communication between you.

I’ll get down and dirty with more tips on walking your dog in an upcoming post.