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How to Hold a Dog Leash

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Everybody knows how to hold a dog leash, right?

Well, apparently not. Surgeons are warning of serious injuries from people not holding the leash correctly. If your dog pulls too hard or unexpectedly, it can cause significant damage to your hand.

The key is not to wrap the leash around your hand. Many walkers do this to gain a sense of control, especially with larger dogs, but this also means you can't let go of the leash. In a sudden tug-of-war, you might find yourself on the losing end.

A dog suddenly pulling on a lead can strip the skin from your hand and even dislocate bones and muscle.

Top tips for walking safely:

  • Hold the leash in the opposite hand to the side your dog is walking on. If your dog is walking on the left, hold the leash in your right hand.

  • Put your thumb through the loop of the leash. Never wrap the leash around your hand or wrist.

  • You can use your other hand to shorten the leash and exert more control.

This way, if your dog suddenly takes off, you will be able to let go without being dragged along or pulled over.

If you are not always able to walk your dog yourself, we offer a FOLLOW + LEAD dog walking service here at PETS +.

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