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  • Mecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI

Reasons Why A Dog Might Be "Worse On- Leash"

The leash is a must and every dog owner needs to know how to handle one. I always choose a good leash that fits my hand that is important when choosing a leash. You want to be able to hold it comfortably. I choose a good length of 6 to 8 feet when I am working with a dog.


When I first introduce a new to dog to another I always begin with just a causal walk. I am observing body language and listening for any warning signs.


A leash is used to help control a dog but there are times a dog just might be worse on a leash. If you are someone that has noticed your dog acting worse on leash, you are not alone. Dogs on leash might become fearful and a tight leash prevents the "flight" option. Your dog might become frustrated because your dog cannot get to the thing it is pulling towards. The equipment is creating a negative association. It can also be you giving subtle cues and not in the way you might think.


Dogs can communicate better when they are off leash. This gives them plenty of space to be around each other.






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