Proper Usage of a Dog Leash

Fifteen rules for proper dog leash walking.

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1. DO use dog-friendly training methods to teach your dog to walk politely on leash so outings are enjoyable for you both.

2. DO keep slack in the lead anytime your dog isn't pulling.

3. DO keep excess leash material looped in your hand to avoid tripping.

4. DO use an appropriate leash and collar or harness to avoid injury to your dog and yourself.

5. DO exercise your dog off leash where safe and appropriate. A walk on leash is not adequate exercise for most dogs.

6. DO clean up after your dog whenever he eliminates on walks. Irresponsible dog-walkers spoil it for everyone.

7. DO use long lines or retractable leads only where there aren't other dogs and humans who could get tangled.

8. DO prevent your dog from rudely greeting others. Not everyone appreciates his exuberant salutations.

9. DO respect local leash laws, park regulations and homeowner association rules.

10. DON'T tether your dog to your waist or arm unless you are confident you're strong enough to restrain him if he pulls. Never tether him to the body of a child or physically challenged walker.

11. DON'T jerk on your dog's leash to prevent contact with dogs or humans. This can cause aggression. Instead, feed treats to regain his attention.

12. DON'T take your dog off his leash unless you're in a safely enclosed area, or a wide-open, dog-legal space and your dog comes reliably when called.

13. DON'T leave your dog tied and unattended on walks while you run into the storeeven for just a moment. Your dog is at risk for teasing, tormenting and theft.

14. DON'T let your dog soil lawns while on walks.

15. DO take your dog for lots of long, enjoyable walks. They're good for both of you and for your relationship!


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Leslie   Braintree, MA

5/14/2012 1:42:26 PM

The information provided in this article is very helpful and easy for the dog owner to follow. Dogs are like children, if the owners show responibility for thier pet they would be a welcomed part of society.

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PATRICIA   CENTREVILLE, VA

3/23/2012 6:31:15 PM

THANKS FOR YOUR LEASH-TRAINING TIP, I.E., WAIT THREE SECONDS, STEP BACK IF PULLING CONTINUES, THEN CONTINUE UNTIL SHE REALIZES PULLING DOESN'T WORK! WE WILL TRY THIS NOW WITH OUR LITTLE SHIH TZU!

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Carole   Sunrise, FL

11/3/2010 8:34:30 AM

I agree with all but #7 about the retractable leash. If you use one, your dog becomes the "alpha dog" and you are never in control. I'm quite sure dog trainers do not use them. I occasionally care for a 60 lb., very strong dog and use a regular leash to save my life! His owner, however, uses a retractable which I refuse to use. I'm trying to teach this dog to "heel" and am making slow progress. In my opinion there is nothing good to say about a retractable leash.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

8/1/2009 8:11:34 PM

Thanks!

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