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Leash Walking 102: Moving with your dog

Moving With Your Dog


  • Clicker
  • Treats
  • Treat pouch


TRAINING ENVIRONMENT: A wide open, preferably indoor area where you can move about without having your dog on a leash. Choose a place that is the least distracting you can find where the area is open enough for you to move around.RECOMMENDED TREAT POSITION:  In place (in your dog’s mouth).



  • Stand in the center of your area facing your dog. If possible, have your dog off leash.
  • Take two steps backwards.
  • Your dog should follow you. When he arrives in front of you, click and treat.
  • Repeat three or four times.
  • Once your dog is comfortable with the movement, turn your body so he is slightly on your left and move at an angle away from him.
  • He should follow along as before.  When he does, click and treat.  If he doesn’t, practice the first step a little more.
  • Do this three or four times and then turn farther away from him, keeping him on your left.
  • When he falls in to heel position click and treat.
  • Repeat this a few times.
  • Now begin walking as normal, clicking and treating every 2-5 steps.
  • Remember to mix it up so your treats are not predictable.




  • PUPPIES:  Practice five repetitions (step away and treat is one repetition).
  • DOGS:  Work for 2-3 minutes, three times a day.




  • Your dog should be following you in heel position in a low distraction environment.
  • Your dog will still not be walking nicely out in the real world.  We’re not there yet.




My dog won’t follow me when I turn.

  • Try a less distracting environment and start again.
  • Try a more valuable (usually that means stinky) treat.
  • Go back to the last step where you had success and practice a little more, and then move forward more gradually.