Are you feeling confused about what side your dog should walk on during your leash walks? Do you wonder if you are messing up your walks because your dog doesn’t walk on the “correct” side? The truth is the side your dog should walk on is the side that makes you feel comfortable.

Your dog can walk in front of you, behind you, on the right side or on the left side.  Of course you want your dog to walk on a loose leash so if your dog begins pulling on the leash, it is time to do dog training. Utah has many places where you can walk your dog on leash and practice training loose leash walking.

When walking your dog if the leash is in a “J” formation or the leash is loose then you are good to go. Any tension that is put on the leash should result in some more dog training. Utah dog owners should know that If you keep walking forward while the leash is tight you are training your dog to walk on a tight leash.

Remember if you are comfortable with your dog on the side that he is walking on, there is no need to do dog training. Utah has many trainers that may tell you different, but I am telling you my opinion and what I have seen to work for most average dog owners. Hope this helps!

Namaste,

Johanna Teresi, Professional Dog Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Utah (Serving Salt Lake City and surrounding areas)

Johanna Teresi performing dog training with Seiki.

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