How To Leash Train A Dog (Plus 4 Leash Tips)

How To Leash Train A Dog


4 Useful Leash Tips & Tricks

Well Hello there, fellow dog lovers. Welcome to K-9 Nation. The name is Will and I have been a K9 Behavioral specialist, and K9 Psychologist, in the greater Portland area for over ten years and I’m always looking for new Products and techniques to help my clients.

I decided to create this site to fund the building and about memanaging of the K9 Nation K9 Sanctuary(Where dogs can live free without fear) and all the articles therein, to be a resource for all dog owners who want to learn how to train their own dogs, on their own property, and in their own time. As well as help dog lovers to shop smart for their dogs, by making the mistakes for you, so I can point you directly to the products and services that are worth your time and hard-earned money.


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I hope this article answers any questions you may have. Let’s get into it.

4 Leash Tips & Tricks

How To Leash Train A Dog

Tip #1 | The Right Leash

First off, Try to find a leash that’s loose, floppy, silky, or slinky like the one below as opposed Gentle Leaderto a stiff or ridged leash. A loose leash is imperative for leash training and will allow your dog to walk with you without feeling tension unless they roam too far.

A stiff or ridged leash will cause constant tension on your dog, sending them the wrong signals through the leash.

No Tangle Reflective Adjustable Double Dog Coupler

These can be useful if you have more dogs than you have leashes and can help a shy dog as he or she can be lead by a more outgoing dog.

The problem here is that it’s more difficult to apply a correction to just one dog, and they are better suited for small breed dogs.



Hands Free Dog LeashIf you run, jog, bike, blade, or board with your dog, use a leash with an elastic section to absorb the difference in movement between you and your dog. Some even attach to your waist like the one pictured here on the Right.

To Help Avoid Injury:

Never attach a leash to your bike, board, or blades, always attach them to your waist or chest.



 Tip #2 | Width 4 Reason

Gentle LeaderWhich brings us to Tip #2. Leashes come in different widths for a reason, As you can see here, this leash is a medium width leash.

An inch, to an inch and a quarter, is perfect for a medium-sized dog…

Whereas this leash is dramatically thinner  and better suited for a smaller breed dog

retractable leash

You don’t want to use a thick, wide, heavy, or stiff leash on a small breed dog, or any dog that is hyper-sensitive, as it’s likely to again send the wrong signals to your dog, through the leash. Conversely, you wouldn’t want to use a thin leash with a large or heavy dog, as you won’t be able to keep your grasp on it when you really need to, it will likely slip, burn, and hurt your hand.



 Tip #3 | The Loop

which bring us to tip #3. You can Tie a loop in the leash just big enough to get your hand through, so it doesn’t slip off while your walking, and so you don’t have to grab the leash, as muscle tension can also send the wrong signal to your dog, through the leash. So stay calm, centered, and relaxed while swinging your arms naturally during walking and leash training.

Knot & Positioning

I suggest using a figure 8 knot, as it will be easier to remove later or during Figure 8 Knotadjustments while trying to find the loop size and position that’s just right for you and your dog. Put the loop high enough on the leash so that when your dog is right by your side, there is Just enough slack so that your arm can swing naturally as you walk, without creating tenting on the leash, but becomes taught, if your dog wonders out of their ideal spot. Here is what  the figure 8 knot should look like

(I do not suggest the The LOOP technique if your dog is larger or heavier than you are, as it may result in your dog dragging you face first through the mud)


Large Breed Leash Suggestions

Black RhinoIf you have a large breed dog, the closer the handle is to the clasp the better, as their shoulder is likely at the same level as your hand, unlike with a small to medium-sized dog, where you need the handle further from the clasp, if at all. I like the Leash to the Left for BIG DOGS as the second handle is very close to the clasp and has very soft and comfortable Neoprene Handles.

Leashboss Original

Or, try to get a leash with a padded foam handle like the one on the Right.

and again notice how close the handle is to the clasp on the leash to the Right.


Different Lengths

  • Short: leashes are for intermediate to advanced stages of leash training
  • Medium: length leashes are standard training walking leashes
  • Extra long: leashes or leads that are 15 to over 30 feet, are for the beginning stages of dog training, Leash Training, proximity training, and off-leash training


How To Leash Train Your Dog:

Tip #4 | Leash corrections

Leash corrections or leash pops are administered to either break your dogs tunnel vision/fixation or to communicate with the dog what you want. While walking your dog or leash training, it is important to have a loose leash at all times, as constant tension on the leash, naturally makes your dog want to pull in the opposite direction of the tension.

Gentle Leader

The sooner the Better

We should administer a leash correction as early as possible, as once your arm is fully extended it’s virtually impossible to do so, and once again your dog is pulling you down the street.

Gentle Leader


  • Consistency Is Key
  • Repetition Is Required
  • Timing Will Tame

When offering any discipline or behavior correction, it would behoove you to do so, just as your dog is going for the unwanted behavior, or even better, just before they lung, pull, jump, bark, etc. Once you have lived with a dog for a while you should be able to know what they are going to do before they do it. If not, pay close attention from now on to their body language, it will tell you everything.

Be hyper-aware of your dog’s position, body language, energy level, and state of mind, through the leash, as well as through your peripheral vision.



Bonus Tip #1 | Where the nose goes the body will follow

off leash k9 trainingyour dog isn’t trying to rip your arm out of its socket on purpose, they are just following their nose, eyes, or ears. As you might already know, dogs have a much better sense of smell than we do. The challenge here is to train our dogs to be so focused on us, that they don’t get the chance to notice every smell, site, and sound around them while they’re out on the leash. The key to this is to keep them busy, always be giving them something to do IE instructions and corrections.

It’s Very Important To

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Stay Assertive
  3. Stay In Control
  4. Stay at least one step ahead of your dog
  5. Stop it at level 1 so it never gets to level 10



Bonus Tip #2 | Stop and Wait Procedures (The Reset Button)

While your walking or leash training your dog you might find they may have the tendency to slip in and out of compliance. To break this we can apply what I call…

…Stop & Wait Procedures… Stop and wait procedures

…Or (Stop & Sit Procedures)… It pretty much is what it sounds like; if you are making a correction every 10 steps on average and all of a sudden your having to correct every 2 or 3 steps, (say to keep them from walking in front of you) then stop and wait. anywhere from 5 – 30 seconds, and maybe put them into a sit. Now we are back to a compliant state. What we are saying to our dog by doing this is, We are not doing what you want to do until I get what I want.

This exercise is like a reset button for your dog.



Bonus Tip #3 | Keep em Close

Black RhinoThough I don’t like leashes that are too short, I do like to keep them close for most of the walk. Have an area in mind that’s close to the start of your walk where they can have the whole leash to sniff, and eliminate. keep this location consistent every walk. Using a leash with a loop or handle close to the clasp can be very helpful here. Once they have completed eliminating, bring them back in by choking up on the leash for the remainder of the walk. The Leash in the photo is great for this with its 2 neoprene padded handles, which can really help if the leash your using now rubs your fingers raw, Plus you have to like that their reflective stitching which keeps you visible and safe at night.



Bonus Tip #5 | Dogs Are Masters Of Body Language

Once you have had a dog as part of your pack/family for a while, you should be able to notice your dog’s body language and know what they are going to do just before they do it RIGHT? If you haven’t noticed these things yet, try to pay close attention from now and learn what your dog is telling you through their body language. They are trying to communicate to you in this way.

K9 Body LanguageAfter all, your dog is definitely watching and reading your body language, and if we can master this as well, we will end up with a great way to communicate with our dogs.




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That’s it for this Article guys,

On behalf of myself, my buddy Blazer and little Lupa,

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time Remember,

Beee The Pack Leader,  and Be Safe.








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