This is the point where things really start to look like your classic definition of a walk. In this section you're going to work with the leash a lot more, but we encourage you not to rely on it. If you can get your dog's attention, get her into profit position, and get her to walk in sync beside you without a leash, just think how easy it will be with a leash.

Actually, we just thought about it and if you can do it without the leash, then the leash isn't really needed at all. That's the point.

Your endgame (maybe a distant endgame right now) is not to need the leash. The leash was not meant to be a tool for always controlling your dog anyway. It's a safety tool. It provides an extra layer of protection to make sure your dog doesn't accidentally get in harm's way.

The games in this section will help you along that path.

Goals of this Section

  • Your dog will walk beside you
  • Your dog will come in close to your side when you ask
  • Your dog will stay by your side even outside
  • Your dog will slow to a stop when you give the cue

Section Games Overview

Walk Together

This game has you practicing walking with your dog at your side. Sounds quaint doesn't it? It's the most basic game for walking together on a leash, although we encourage you to play it without a leash at first.

Walk Together Outside

Here we go again, copying one game, changing the location to outside, and counting it as a whole different game. What can we say? This game is that important and playing it outside is equally so. "Walk Together Outside" is basically you and your dog going on a very short walk and for some people, this game immediately improves their leash walking.

Profit Position on Cue

Moving together also means your dog coming in close to your side when you ask her to. Maybe you're walking through a crowd of people and you don't want to trip anyone with your leash, or maybe she's about to wander off to sniff a flower bed and you want to keep moving. This game gives you a cue that tells your pup to come to profit position.

Nice and Easy Stops

Since it's not realistic to expect your dog to pay attention to your every movement on a long walk, it's useful to have an agreed upon word that means you're about to stop, like brake lights on a car. This game introduces the "easy" cue for just that purpose. You'll also find yourself using it if your dog spaces out and starts walking too fast.