How To Train A Dog To Walk On A Leash: A Video Guide - Top Dog Tips
The following info-graphic by Lili Chin and video by dog trainer Emily Larlham both use click training to teach you how to train a dog to walk on a leash. And finally at the bottom are a few tips to help you along. (If you are unaware of click training, clicker training can be a really efficient and fun away to train dogs. As a simple explanation – it works a little like playing the child’s game of “Hot or Cold”. For more information, check out .)
I tell my customers that the most challenging part of is training a dog to walk on a leash. Why? Dogs inherently pull on a leash to follow scent, test for pack order, and for muscle stimulation. Just like humans go to the gym for a workout a dog will look at the walk as the same thing.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know how to train a dog to walk on leash and this leads to frustration. Luckily, there is information available!Unfortunately, many dogs have learned to pull on the lead, which is tiring for you, uncomfortable to it, and could potentially be dangerous if the dog is too large and powerful. Dogs most commonly pull because they are excited to get where they are going, which is usually an exciting place full of interesting smells such as the park. When your dog turns its head to look at you, give a hearty "GOOD DOGGY!" then move forward and keep on walking. However, don't despair if you have an older dog that has learned bad habits, as it's never too late to retrain a dog to walk calmly on the leash without pulling.Hopefully, after about a month of taking walks like this, your dog will no longer be taking you for a walk! This version of How to Train an Older Dog to Walk Calmly on a Leash was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on October 27, 2015.My methods of training a dog to walk on a leash are a leather/nylon collar (with a buckle NOT a plastic clasp), a gentle leader (head harness), or a prong collar.