Why Should I Walk My Pet on the Left Side?
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!
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.