Ultimate Guide on How to Walk A Dog

You just grabbed the leash and you are going to walk the dog but there is a problem. The dog is jumping everywhere. You finally get the leash on and you have a wild animal pulling. The dog is not only pulling but you’re either not strong enough or don’t have the endurance to deal with this for an entire walk.

Once you go outside and get up a few houses the dog is circling all around. You find yourself twisting and turning. For some reason you know this is not the way you should walk the dog.

The best thing you can do is avoid the walk because it is too much to deal with at this point. I am so happy you are here! Welcome and I have three words for you. ARE YOU READY!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know to get that dog and walk it the way you should walk the dog. Let’s get started already

How to Begin the Walk

You grab that leash and you start walking towards the dog. Believe it or not this is the beginning of the walk. There are a few things you want to do here.

  1. Let the dog smell the collar
  2. Put the leash on the dog like a necklace

Here I will show a video of how to properly put on a leash with a Rottweiler.

You want to make sure you get the smell first until they’re done smelling and then proceed to put it on after they are done. Following the same instructions for both the leash and the collar.

Collar and Leashes

Slip lead is the best combination of leash and collar and is in line with your goals. The slip lead accomplishes what you need when training. It tightens when it needs to tighten. When the dog wants to pull it tightens and when they stop it immediately releases. That’s exactly what you want. Put the leash in the right area and it works wonders. You can use it with a regular leash or buy a slip lead

Slip Lead

They have many collars to choose from on the market place. We have a regular collar that looks fantastic but isn’t good for training. After training it is fantastic to have your dog look well behaved in style. In our exercise program dogs must earn the right to wear a collar. The collar shows that the dog is trained.

Choke chain is something you find a lot of dog owners and trainers using. You can use these collars if you want. It wouldn’t be my primary tool, but it is a tool that can be used in training until you can start walking your dog without the leash.

Choke Chain

Harnesses are very popular and if you want your dog not to pull you probably should avoid a collar at all cost. Can you imagine bringing something that is made for a dog to pull? The whole time you don’t want the dog to pull and put a harness on them. Wouldn’t recommend it to say the least.

Pinch collar is senseless and I’m trying to be nice here. I have no idea why someone would train with a pinch collar. I’m sure people have their reasons, but I have one question for those people. Can you train the dog without it? So why use it? What the owners or trainers are looking to accomplish can be accomplished without the pinch collar. Speaking from experience you don’t need it.

Pinch Collar

Head halters make me cringe. I’m not somebody who does unnecessary and unproductive things to dogs. Becoming a great dog owner by doing what you need to do daily will help you avoid these mistakes. Don’t put these leads on your dog.

Leaving the House

Now you have went to the dog let them smell the leash and now you have the leash on. You want to walk to the dog and wait for your dog to sit. This teaches the dog discipline and is important in training to make the dog do small task.

In military boot camp you make your bed everyday and it has nothing to do with making the bed. It is about doing everything a certain way. The person in charge should request these small favors multiple times a day.

Next you get outside of the door and you shut the door. You guessed it! Make the dog sit down again. They sit down three times in this situation

  1. Before you put the collar and leash on
  2. When you get to the door
  3. When you go outside the door

Congratulations you just started the walk off right. This may not go very smooth at first, but persistence is what builds great dog owners. Don’t get frustrated you just did it the right way and the dog will follow shortly. Remember to teach your dog commands

Golden Rule 1: Collar Behind the Ears

There is one thing that stops dog pulling from a physical standpoint. Put that collar directly behind the ears. Once the leash is behind the ears the dynamics of the walk have done a 360. You are now the strong one and I’ll explain why.

This is something that is called leverage. You don’t have to be strong you need to use the leash in the proper area. That is the reason why you shouldn’t use a lot of those collars we don’t recommend.

The  only thing you need to do is put the collar or leash directly behind the ear.

Golden Rule 2: Short Leash

Once you have the leash behind the ears the leash is sliding down nonstop. Now you are continuing to adjust and there is one solution to your new problem. Shorten the leash

A short leash takes care of multiple issues. Collar sliding into the area of the next where the dog is the strongest and you are the weakest are now gone. In addition, the dog doesn’t have the option to run around you.

They can only be on one side and that is the side that YOU choose.

Which side to walk on

Whatever side the leash is facing when coming out of the slip lead. Here is a video that demonstrates what you need to do

This makes sure that the leash tightens automatically but also releases automatically when the dog is in the correct area. Once the dog comes back to your side and isn’t pulling there is no pressure on the leash.

The way you want to train is that when they are walking incorrectly it is pressure and all the power is gone to pull. Once they relax and walk in the right area there is no pressure or anything.

Walk in Front of Dog

Now that you have the collar behind the ears and the leash short to cut off the options you are feeling good. The walk is looking like a professional or great owner is walking this dog.

Continuing to the next step we must make sure that leash has a little slack and that the dog doesn’t walk in front of you. Establish that area until it is non debatable. Don’t give in on this and you will quickly discover that dog will not walk in front or pull you.

How to Correct on Leash

Now that you are walking correctly the dog is on your side with the little slack loose the entire walk. Until your dog sees a cat. Now the dog is pulling, and everything has gone back to normal. Don’t worry this is when you need to learn the art of the leash correction.

Most people almost instinctual pull back to correct. When we pull back the dog pulls forward and it doesn’t make a big difference because we aren’t accomplishing our main correction goal. Getting the dogs attention.

Correct the dog towards your body or in other words sideways or to the inside. The correction knocks the dog off balance and gets the attention of the dog.

Once you have the dog’s attention make sure you keep it. Soon as the dog turns his head correct. Soon as they try it again correct again. The timing has to consist of head barely turning and getting the correction to the inside of the body.

Relax Your Arm

People walk with there arm in a L shape without even noticing it. What they’re doing is bracing for a pull or lunge from the dog. Now is the time to throw that out the window and I’m going to tell you why.

You now have the leash and collar in the right fundamental areas where you don’t need to use strength. The leash will tighten in an area where the dog couldn’t pull hard if they got low and jumped in the air.

So, don’t worry relax the arm. It should look like you’re walking up the street with a leash or dog in your hand. Keep it like that because this is the new way you will walk for now on. You are walking like you took our course for Training Your Own Dogs.

Dog Sniffing During Walk

A dog would never sniff for long periods of time on a dog walk in his natural habitat. How could he ever get food or water? Luckily you are following the fundamentals and the leash is short, so the dog doesn’t have the room to go and sniff. That option is off the table for the foreseeable future.

Dog Won’t Walk on a Leash

This is for people with puppies or adult dogs that haven’t been trained to walk on a leash. If the dog won’t walk on the leash don’t worry here is what you do. Get the dog to take one step and release the pressure.

Get the pressure going over and over and continue to have them take one step. They will get trained because of the time the pressure is applied and the timing of when it is released. Every time he steps everything is released.

After a few steps they will release. Use this method in different areas where the dog doesn’t want to walk. It could be a hole in the ground, and they want to skip around. Turn around and use this method until they walk smoothly, or you get to do it all over again until they do it right.

Hard headed dogs are fun to train. You see the fight all the way until they give it up and just do it. And then do it repeatedly. My rottweiler has been trained for years trust me she is boring compared to untrained dogs. I really have a blast training them.

The Stop, Turn, and Turn Around Method

The first step to walking your dog without a leash is this. When you notice you and your dog aren’t walking in harmony you must use this method. Walking in harmony means you stop and the dog stops.

In the early stages you will stop, and the dog will keep walking. You need to train this behavior right away.

Walk a few steps and stop. Then stop again. And keep doing it until your dog begins to catch on and starts to play the game. You will notice that they stop when you stop now.

Yes! That is fantastic but there is more. Now it is time to turn left and turn right suddenly. Make sure you have lower speed at first and then pick up the speed.

The final step is to turn all the way around.

Make sure the dog does every step with you. When you have your dog’s full attention and they are walking in harmony your dog will start to pay attention to you on the entire walk. Now you are getting into uncharted territory.

The dog isn’t pulling, circling around, marking everything, and is walking in harmony. And know you know how to do every step. Say it isn’t so!

What to do if Another Dog is Out of their Gate?

At times you will have a loose dog come out and probably scare you to death.

The first step is to stand still and not move.

Tell the unknown dog “No” every time they take a step towards you.

Lastly check the dogs body language.

If the ears are back, tail relaxed, and mouth open the other dog most likely will be friendly.

If the ears are up, hair up, tail up, and mouth closed proceed with caution but still correct with each step.

Take Different Routes

When you get a favorite route because you are exercising everyday take the time and alternate the route. The more variety the better.

Mix up the run, walk, and treadmill

Sometimes you should start off with a run and end on the treadmill.

Other times start on the treadmill and then walk the dog

When the dog is in desperate need of exercise do all three for one hour each.

Continue each day to tire your dog out with multiple variations.


Remember the meat and potatoes of the post

  1. Make the dog smell the leash and collar before putting them on
  2. Have the dog sit at least three times before leaving
  3. Put the leash or collar behind the ears to stop pulling
  4. Always use a short lease
  5. Corrections should be made to the inside of the body.
  6. Stop, turn, and turnaround to make sure dog is walking with you
  7. Mix it up often and make sure you combine different exercise styles each time.

Remember if you need an exercise program we have made one for you.

Have a great day!!!

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