Don’t play tug of war with that leash!

A lot of people treat the leash like it’s a way to tug your dog where you want him to go. The dog pulls this way so you pull that way. If he pulls really hard, you pull back even harder. That’s not how I want you to use your leash. It should be a tool of communication. When you want send your dog a message, a quick correction is all you want. After that, the leash should be completely slack until another correction is needed. Doesn’t that sound like a much more enjoyable way to take a walk than yanking your dog all over the place and getting yanked right back? Remember: the leash is about easy, quick and consistent communication, not a battle to see who’s stronger.

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