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Posted on April 15 at 2:38 p.m.
When walking my competition obedience dogs I stay very far to the left so they do not interfere with pedestrians, cyclists, etc. When I walk in the street facing traffic, they have me as a buffer between them and the cars.
I do like when runners and cyclists announce themselves (I run and cycle) and the dog walker, in a return of courtesy, could slide one's hand down the leash and hold it shorter. PULLING the dog over to the handler can cause more reactivity in an already stimulated dog.
I understand why you'd want to see less slack in the leash but constant tension on a dog's throat does have the potential to make him more anxious and possibly leash aggressive. If one wants to walk a dog on a tight leash a harness would be a better idea.
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer
P.S. How do you feel about trail etiquette? I think dog walkers should yield to anyone without a dog, preferably having the dog stand off the trail as they pass. Hate it when one of my dogs makes a nose or slobber smear on someone!!!
On Heel Your Dog