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Pet Peeves: I Need to Get a Grip on Walktime!

Q: Although we're working on training, my 100-pound dog still sometimes pulls on the leash. Since I'm not that much bigger than he is (weight-wise), I'm always worried I'll drop the lead. Do you have any tips on getting a better grip?

A: I'd definitely recommend to handle that leash with both hands since two's better than one. Remember to hold the looped part of the leash in the hand on the opposite side of your pet – right hand at the top to walk a dog on your left side and vice versa. One way to keep better control over pulling is to put the hand on the "dog-side" in the middle of the leash (as illustrated here). It allows twice the grip and the ability to control motion since you can use this hand to hold or redirect a pet to stay on the side you want him on.

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JenDeck711 JenDeck711 8 years
Easy walk harness all the way! It prevents both my golden retriever and standard poodle from pulling. Neck collars are dangerous, and typical harnesses encourage them to pull even more.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I had found the Gentle Leader worked great on my mutt when I had her.
telewyo telewyo 8 years
My dog learned to walk well but he still started pulling when he would see another dog that he wanted to play with. I recommend the Premier Easy Walk harness (you can get it at any major pet store). It has the ring to hook the leash to in the front on his chest so when he goes to pull he essentially spins around and ends up facing me, looking confused thinking "this wasn't the way I wanted to go". It did take some getting used to (for both of us) but now he walks nicely all the time because he has figured out that pulling won't get him where he wants to go.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
If you find your dog keeps pulling, try investing in either a head collar or a harness. I had that problem with my 33 pound Decker Terrier, Zena, and a harness has corrected her pulling problem.
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