Leash Walking1 minute read
Oh boy. Leash walking is hard. We just have to say that up front so you know that you're not alone.
Some dogs are naturals. They're rare, but they exist, and their sole purpose in life seems to be to make the rest of us look bad. They don't even need the leash. They prefer to stay right at their owner's side. They're not interested in sniffing things on the ground or what that dog is doing across the street. They don't like to walk too fast or too slow. They're just perfectly happy to be outside.
Other dogs—most dogs—struggle. Being outside is like being at a carnival for a dog. There are distractions everywhere. On top of that, dogs walk faster than us.
Have you ever walked with someone who was really slow and they ask you to slow down, so you do, but somehow you're still going too fast, so you slow down some more until you feel like you're practically walking backwards? Well that's how your dog feels walking with you.
Good loose-leash walking is really about two things: position and attention. You need to teach your pup where she's supposed to be (i.e. by your side) and then teach her to pay attention enough to hold that position (i.e. not get distracted).
We know, we know, it's easier said than done, but it can be done, and it will be done, by you and your pup with practice.