It is our job to always protect, comfort, and provide a positive environment for our dogs. The same is true when we are outside walking our dog. We need to let them know that we are keeping them safe and that we are in charge of everything going on around them. This will comfort them and allow them to passively deflect almost all inappropriate distractions that may occur.
The only way that we can affirm our leadership with our dog is to have a way that will always allow us to maintain their focus while passively maintaining control. Walking with an extension leash does not allow us to maintain control or assertive leadership.
Robin and I have a great dog training article that goes into more detail regarding dog extension leashes titled “Should I Walk My Dog on an Extension Leash”. Please take a look at it and start having a happy and safe walk with your dog today.