How to Hold the Leash

© 2015 Jerry D. Patillo, CPDT-KA, Phoenix Behavior Consulting

You’d like your dog to walk nicely on a loose leash or heel at your side, also on a loose leash. Holding the leash properly can help you prevent a larger dog from jerking the leash out of your hand. Even if you have a smaller dog, holding the leash properly can help prevent you from dropping the leash accidentally. You definitely don’t want your dog to get away from you. On each walk with your dog, practice the recall (come when called) several times. Reward your dog very handsomely when it comes to you.

Look at the photos below for ideas on how to hold the leash — and how not to.


Fig. 1. Do NOT hold your dog’s leash as in the photo above. It would be way too easy for a larger dog to jerk the leash out of your hand. It would also be easy for you to drop the leash and lose your smaller dog, too.


Fig. 2. One way to hold the leash properly is to insert your entire hand through the loop first. Then you can wrap your fingers around the loop for a secure grip.




Fig 3a. Another method is to pass your entire hand through the loop.

Fig. 3b. Wrap the leash ONCE around your hand.

Fig. 3c. Then wrap your fingers around the leash.

If your hand tends to bruise easily using methods 2 or 3, then wear a leather glove to cushion the pressure around your hand.

If you need help holding the leash properly, walking your dog on a loose leash, or anything else, please give us a call today. We can help!