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5 Tips to Train Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

It might be challenging to teach your dog to walk on a leash, especially if they’re used to roaming free in the park. Yet, walking your dog on a leash is critical for both their and your safety. It not only keeps them from running into the street, but it also establishes you as the “leader”, which can lead to improved general behavior.

In this post, let’s discuss 5 tips to train your dog to walk on a leash!

5 Tips to Train Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

Here are five quick and easy tips to get your dog to walk on a leash with you!

1. Introduce Your Dog to the Leash

Begin by allowing your dog to become accustomed to wearing a collar and a leash. Let him wear them around the home for brief amounts of time while you play with him and give him goodies.

Because collar-and-leash time signifies food and enjoyment, the dog should like it. Attach the leash to the collar for brief periods throughout the day, marking and treating him as he walks a few feet while wearing it. 

Be sure to observe this leash-holding technique to assist your dog in becoming comfortable with the leash.


2. Teach Your Dog to Come to You

Training your dog to “come” when on a leash is an excellent way to avoid future problems such as tugging or forging ahead.

Back up a few feet while he’s on his way to you, still wearing the leash and collar, and then treat him when he arrives. Repeat the sequence until your puppy comes to you and walks a few paces with you after hearing the cue noise.

3. Start in a Familiar Environment

Begin leash training in a familiar setting, such as your backyard or a calm park, when you’re ready.

Begin by teaching your dog or puppy to walk on a leash using the RSPCA-recommended ‘loose-leash walking’ approach.

To do this, anytime your dog goes on the leash without tugging, give them yummy goodies every few yards and continue walking. This will make your dog feel more at ease and confident.

4. Troubleshoot Leash-Training Problems

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Even if your puppy is learning to walk well on a leash, you’re bound to run into some challenges as he grows older, visits new areas, and encounters new distractions.

You’ll gradually minimize the number of treats and troubleshooting that your puppy requires during a walk, but it’s a good idea to keep some available at all times so you can reward good leash-walking behavior at random.

5. Seek Professional Help if Necessary

If you are concerned about your dog’s behavior, consult with your veterinarian, who can recommend you to an experienced dog trainer and check out any underlying medical issues. To offer you the peace of mind that your dog has the best chance of remaining happy and healthy.


Leash training your dog is an important part of being a responsible dog owner. You can train your dog to walk peacefully with you on a leash with the correct equipment, positive reinforcement, and consistency. Remember to be patient and, if necessary, seek expert assistance.

Let your dog sniff, pee on trees and bushes (doggie email), and generally enjoy being outside with you! It takes time to teach them to walk by your side, but with patience, good reinforcement, and these tips to train your dog to walk on a leash, you and your dog will soon be enjoying daily walks together!

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