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While this might seem like a daunting daily task, the good news is walking is mentally good for humans, too. Many people take their dogs out for a daily walk, however, the dog is walking in front of them. When getting ready to walk your dog, call the dog to you, do not go to the dog to put the lead on. The dog should not sniff the ground and relieve himself where he pleases for the sake of marking; his job while walking is to concentrate on following his handler.
If you are going off to work for the day, the dog should be walked before you leave the house. While getting outside and walking is best, a treadmill can work as a substitute when that is not possible.
It only took one day to teach these two 120-pound Great Pyrenees how to walk properly on a lead. Answer: The goal in walking is to have the dog heeling beside or behind you with a loose leash.
As you are walking watch your dog for signs that she even THINKS about getting excited and give a snap to the leash, up and to the side, to throw the dog off balance.
Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog.
If you allow your dog to walk in front of you while on a lead you are reinforcing in the dog's mind that the dog is alpha over you because the leader always goes first.
The proper way to walk a dog is the dog walking either beside you, or behind you, and never in front of you. Getting a dog to walk properly on a lead is not as hard as it may seem—yes, even your dog(s). After the dog comes to you make him sit calmly before snapping on the lead or slipping on the collar.


If the dog starts to pull, snap (tug) the lead up and to the side, throwing him off balance, then hold the lead loosely again (a very quick tug).
When walking the dog you can allow it to tip you off of when it has to go to the bathroom and allow it to go if the spot is an acceptable place for a dog to relieve itself. If your dog averts its attention to the distraction, give a tug on the lead to avert attention back to the walk. Both went from being unruly and pulling every which way, to calmly walking right next to the human. If you need additional help, consider the The Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set (Next Generation). Yes, it is possible for a dog to run and explore the woods on a walk off-leash in a safe area and still see you as pack leader. Just because a dog walks well on a lead, not pulling, and for most of the walk walks beside the human does not mean the human is being a pack leader; it really is about who is making the decisions. It is important that the dogs who are out on the walk are all heeling beside the person holding the leash. When a human allows a dog to walk in front, they are sending signals to the dog that he is leading the human.
What you should be doing is teaching your dog that passing another dog is no big deal and to keep on walking. One person says that if you take your dog around the neighborhood, it will learn about the other animals and smells, and be more likely to leave home in search of those things. Any dog that is walking out in front of their humans will begin to regard himself as the alpha of the group. Keeping the lead high up on the neck, the same way they do in dog shows, will give you more control with less effort. Notice in the photo how there is no tension on the lead and the collar is up high on the neck.


A simple test, and something you should do before giving the command to explore, is to ask your dog to walk with you heeling without the leash. By making the dogs heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, you are communicating to the dogs that the humans are above them in the pecking order and that all the dogs are on the same follower level. As Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer says, "To your dog, your backyard is like a large fish bowl in which they are trapped. If your dog is willing to heel next to you when asked without a leash, you are doing something right. Dogs are not stupid, they know the difference between you asking them to work and them leading you on a walk. A truly happy, balanced follower will enjoy walking beside you when you ask, leash or no leash.
When you are just out walking the dog on a leash and you let the dog in front you are communicating to the dog that you are letting them be your leader. If you are walking multiple dogs that usually fight you may need more than one human to walk the dogs. Make sure all human walkers are making the dog they are walking heel and that they are correcting any signs of aggression towards the other dogs. You may allow the dogs to smell one another's back end, but make sure you keep walking in the process.
No, since instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, your decision to allow your dog to walk in front will be communicating to your dog that you are allowing him to be your leader.



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