Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash


Walk, stop, sniff, repeat – most of our pups enjoy stopping to smell the roses (and just about everything else!) while on a walk. This can sometimes be a pain, but we can’t be upset with them as it’s in their nature to explore. Regular walks are not only important in keeping your pooch happy and healthy, but they also provide a great opportunity to socialize with other dogs and pet parents. If you’re willing to dedicate some time and effort, it’s possible to train your dog to walk properly on a leash so you can both enjoy the outdoors together.

Selecting the right equipment

First things first, you’ll want to make sure you select the most appropriate collar and/or leash and harness for your furry friend. As there are many tools to choose from with different functions, be sure you understand how to properly use it before placing it on your dog. 

  • Collars 

Whether you’re interested in a standard collar or one that is specially designed for training, there are many options available for dogs of all sizes. Martingale collars can be used as an effective tool in training your dog to walk on a leash. Featuring a limited slip, these collars will deliver a gentle correction to your beloved companion if they try to pull while on a walk. 

  • Harnesses 

From front and back clip harnesses to head halters, there are a variety of devices that can help control your dog while on a walk. 

Featuring connection rings at both the back and front of the harness, the Ultimate Control Harness from RC Pets lets you decide between varying control levels. When attaching a leash to the back of the harness, you can deliver a mild correction to your dog as a martingale loop will provide gentle pressure. By using the front connection ring, you’re able to redirect your dog’s attention anytime they pull or dart after something. 

Placed over your dog’s nose and neck, head halters can be used as an alternative to a harness or collar. The Walk ‘n Train Head Halter from Coastal controls your pup’s head so that their body will follow and features a safety strap for added security. 

  • Leashes 

If you’re about to start teaching your dog to walk properly on a leash, it’s a good idea to select one that offers a lot of control. The multipurpose Beyond Control Leash from RC Pets is made with a high-strength tubular webbing and has an extremely versatile design. With the ability to be used as a regular or hands-free leash, the length of the leash can be adjusted from 4’ to 8’ depending on how much control you’d like. 

Training Tips 

Walking not only keeps your dog (and you!) healthy, but being exposed to the exciting smells, sights and sounds of the great outdoors will also keep them stimulated and happy. If you’re looking for some helpful tips to make walking an enjoyable experience for both you and your four-legged friend, check out this great article from our partner McCann Dogs.

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