What Length Should a Dog Leash Be?

What Dog Leash is Best for Walking?

Author: Mike Dogtrainer

Date: 09/27/2013

Category: Dog obedience training

When a dog and a dog owner go walking outside they face a lot of irritants that affect physical and mental state of the both of them. Many dog owners ignore that fact and demand complete obedience of their pet in any circumstances.

It is considered that a dog should walk always by your side. Obedience to a command to walk by your side is announced to be the most important rule of dog training at walking. Many dog owners pay a lot of attention training a dog to walk by their side and usually use a short lead with this intention.

Majority of dog owners just get used to pull a dog behind. Of course, a short dog lead is more comfortable for it, than a long one. You would hardly like walking with your friend if he always turned and pulled you in that direction instead of telling you. And in addition he would pull your neck and roared at you as if you did not understand. This is how your dog sees your walking if you are always pulling it and do not train to walk a proper way.

Here also a dog feels a lot of other stress, as well as it suffers from many other problems you even cannot imagine. This way the problems with a dog at walking appear.

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Tell the truth, have you ever thought over a proper length of a dog lead? How long should it be? Any time I watched dog owners walking with their pets, it seemed that they did not care of the dog lead length and how much of space it afforded to the dog.

In fact dog lead length plays a great role for both a dog owner and a pet. With the help of this, so called, little thing, as a dog lead, we can create a lot of problems without admitting it!

1. A dog pulls stronger at a short dog lead, than on a long one. A dog always wants to smell something, mark the territory, etc. And you will not stop its instincts. On a short lead will not stop a dog, and a dog will pull only stronger.

2. Sometimes a dog simply have not enough of space to keep a definite distance from its owner and other dogs and objects. The feeling of a definite distance, its own territory is very important for a dog. And anyone can't determine this very distance instead of a dog.

3. Meeting other dogs, your pet would like to greet, smell, or at least walk by with dignity. In dog language it means to walk across, not straight, but around. It means that they have peaceful attitude to each other. They use many signals to sign their friendly intentions. They lick itself, look aside, walk slower etc. If a dog owner is keeping a dog on a short lead, pulling on it, it interrupts a dog to keep to all these rules and creates a stressful situation that may lead to a dog aggression and misunderstanding by other dogs. In the result, you will have problems with your dog and a quarrel with another dog owner. If such situation will repeat, a dog will become aggressive to other dogs. Your walks may become the source of stress and aggression for both you and your pet.

4. A short dog lead in combination with a dog collar is a choker for a dog. In this case a dog gets a huge loading on its throat, neck muscles and bones. In 70% of dogs such actions lead to dog pain in back and behavior problems.

5. Many people suppose, that by commanding a dog to walk close by their side and pulling with a short dog lead they can get dog obedience very fast and easy. But a dog will be very nervous being afraid to be punished.

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A dog lead is not a tool to rule a dog. It is only a means of a necessary control at definite places or for some circumstances when it cannot walk free. A well trained to come by calling dog will follow you if you just call it. Thus, such dog will follow you on a short lead also without pulling and stress.

Try to walk a dog on a dog lead 3 m long and call it each time you need to change the direction. This communication should include only gentle voice and eye contact. Then a dog will learn to follow you independent on a dog lead length and will do it with pleasure.

You may train this type of communication also at home. You should call a dog with a gentle voice and give a treat each time it obeys. At the second stage you may train a dog to follow you. If there is a good relationship between you and a dog, you will succeed. Very soon your daily walking will become one more friendly joint between you and your dog.

Of course dogs may be too irritated, active at walking. Then you should get to know the reasons of this behavior before training to friendly contact walking.

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