Why Should I Walk My Pet on the Left Side?

Ever wondered which side you should walk your dog on?

With the upcoming Left Handers Day holiday on August 13th (the holiday to promote awareness about all the obstacles left-handed people face), there have been a few questions as to why you may want to walk your dog on your left side.

When you are walking your dog, he or she can become very excited by new surroundings and smells, and pulling is a very common thing. Since dogs aren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash properly, it’s our job to teach them.

Walking your pet on the left side teaches your dog that you are the dominant member of the “pack.” Many alpha dogs love to pull their owners and this can be both frustrating and allow your pet to dominate you. This can lead to various issues in the future. Remember, you should always be the leader, not the other way around. In addition, walking your pet on the left side allows many right-handers to keep the right hand free and able to do other things, like give treats for good behavior!

The Thunderleash is a leash and harness in one

Having a leash that works for you and your pet is key. Using a retractable leash, which allows for freedom in open spaces, also brings your pet closer in a crowded street or area. Another option for pets that really pull is to use a harness, like the ThunderLeash, which is a leash and harness in one. The ThunderLeash transforms into a “no-pull” harness in seconds by applying constant pressure to the torso to remind pets to stop pulling.

Whether you’re a “righty” or a “lefty,” teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash and having the right leash can really make a difference on your next stroll.

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7 Comments

  1. I walk dogs, mostly strong pit bulls at the local shelter. I always walk them on the left. They know when they are on my left that we are working, training.

  2. I had heard that it is proper to walk your dog on your left because most people who hunt are right handed, therefore, you want him or her to be on your left, is there any merit to this statement?

  3. No. Dogs don’t think “Oh, I’m on the right side so I must be dominant.” The alpha theory was also debunked between dogs and humans, and doesn’t happen naturally, though it can be created through captivity. Also, don’t use a retractible leash. This article is full of bad advice lol.

  4. Classic dog obedience training, especially for competition, dictates that your dog should heel on your left side. We’re not sure why. We could look it up. There’s definitely a reason, but last time we checked none of them seem to apply to modern life, so we’d rather spend that time playing with our dogs instead.

    Practically speaking, you want your dog to be comfortable walking on both sides of your body because sometimes you’ll want him on your left and sometimes you’ll want him on your right.

  5. I thought dogs should walk on the left side of the person walking the dog. The reason being when walking on a road your are suppose to walk on the left side of the road. Now that the dog is on the left side of you will keep the dog out of the roadway. Which is now safer for the dog and car that is driving toward you.

  6. I would have thought you walk the dog on the side most comfortable for you. I walk my dog on the right . Some things are just common sense

  7. Real life dog trainerMay 10, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Alpha mentality doesn’t exist. Dogs were traditionally trained on the left because they are right hand dominant to hold equipment and give hand signals. There is literally 0 evidence that compulsion training has any significant value to the dogs life.

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