The Dos and Don’ts of Proper Leash Use

Fifteen rules for proper leash walking.

By Pat Miller | Posted: Tue Mar 29 00:00:00 PST 2005

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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Dan   Pikula, IL

3/18/2007 10:59:13 AM

I think that your article is very informative but dogs urinating on lawns is part of a dog's natural instincts and should not be discouraged unless damage can occur to the lawn.

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Deanna   Brooklyn, NY

10/23/2006 9:49:48 AM

Mr.Millan is totally correct. He is just great. The only thing wrong with my dog, 2yrs.&2mos. poodle, Puffy, is that there is nothing wrong with her. She's perfect. Is this peculiar in and of itself. I consider myself lucky - or is it the way I trained her - I never had a dog till now. I am 68. Please advise.

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Kellie   Vancouver, WA

7/8/2006 10:05:13 AM

On last nights show The dog whisper (7/07/06) A leash technique was shown where you have the leash higher on the dogs neck, instead of on the collar, I would love to learn more about this.

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