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. Here's a good one, but there are many other options on Amazon depending on what you're looking for (reflective, some have little pouches (for treats!) and other features). I recommend one that has a bungee-style leash as it absorbs some of the tension caused by pulling. With the hands-free leash, you're using your core/body weight instead of your arms, so it is less noticeable when a dog is pulling!
- Foundation behaviors for loose-leash walking:
- Here's how to teach loose-leash walking:
- If your dog is reactive on leash, please see our 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 It's even legal for trainers to use outdated methods that scientific research has shown to worsen fear and aggression long term and that damage the human-dog bond.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 Heal to Howl is very passionate about. Please email us with your location, and we can recommend an animal behavior professional near you. You can read more about how to choose a dog trainer here.