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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