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Question Walking your dog on the Left or Right?

What's the "rule" for which side to walk your dog on? Since I had Lacey, I always walked her on my Right side since she tended to like that side, and now I'm walking Renny on the Right. Of course, my right hand & arm are much stronger now!

The main reason I do this is we have sidewalks in our neighborhood, and I believe the usual way of walking (for people) is to walk on the right side of the sidewalk so people coming towards you are on your left. All the more reason, in my opinion, to have the dog on the Right so that I am between the dog and the oncoming person who may or may not have a dog with them.

The last trainer I spoke with explained the dog should always be on the left. This is because when you walk on the street, a person always walks on the left side facing traffic. Therefore, the dog should be on the left of the person, furthest from the traffic. Makes sense.....when you on a street!

But, I'm only walking on sidewalks. Does it really matter what side the dog is on?

Would love to hear people's ideas!

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I walk Ky on the left and Bentley on the right. It doesn't really matter though. In class the trainer makes us work with him on the left but when we go for walks with Ky he doesn't care at all which side he's on as long as we're walking
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Molly walks casually on both sides but I think we both prefer the left. It has nothing to do with traffic or other people. It's just that in obedience the dog heels on the left so that is what we became accustomed to. When people pass by I can generally get Molly to ignore them.


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Max is always on my left when we go for walks. Just feels natural to me. On the left is what we do in obedience class.
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Max is always on my left when we go for walks. Just feels natural to me. On the left is what we do in obedience class.
I'll be attending an Intermediate obedience class on 12/29 with Renny. I'm a little nervous about whether the trainer will require the dog to be on the left! Oh well, I guess it really doesn't matter. The point is, the dog should learn how to heel no matter what side he's on!

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Same answer really as on Brave's thread.

If my dogs are "working" then they need to be on my left. Meaning if I'm training for comp, they need to learn that their home base is in heel position. And/or if we are walking through a crowd somewhere, I reel them in.

And I'm left handed so I prefer them to be on that side anyway since it's my stronger side.

But if we are just walking out and about, I don't give a hoot which side the dogs walk on or if they are a foot to the side or front. As long as they aren't pulling or pooping (my pet peeve when it comes to dog walkers), it doesn't really matter.

ETA - I guess I should add that Bertie's is pretty much always on the right because I'm trying to walk him on the grass vs the road. That will change as he grows up a bit more, but right now while he's so little I'm still babying him.

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Always on the left, because I want her to be use to that side for training.

For a few months, I would just move over to the left to keep her from lunging toward other dogs / people. Thankfully, she doesn't do that anymore. She just turns her head and looks at them until they're out of her sight now. LOL.

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We were taught left side. Now it is just natural.

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We were taught by one trainer to walk our dog on the left due to the way we placed the choke collar on the neck. I don't use that type of choke collar anymore and walk my dog on either side of me. Mostly he walks on the side where the grass is.
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Being right handed it seemed natural to walk with the dog on the right and as OP noted seems to work well with the normal pattern of sidewalk use. The first trainer I ever consulted and all since have said the norm is to train dog on left. I was told this went all the way back to when dogs were used for hunting etc. and gents had their gun or other weapon on their right and wanted the dog on the opposite side. Don't know if this is true or lore.


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