Why You Shouldn’t Yank a Dog’s Leash

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I have had a long-term interest in the behavior of dogs and the nature of dog-human relationships, and I’m always looking at what dogs are doing with other dogs and with their and other humans. It’s easy to observe leashed dogs on a walk so I keep track of what’s happening on both ends of the leash. It always surprises me that there are so few data reporting what dogs and humans are doing when tethered together; I collected information by watching 100 different people walking their dogs on the streets around Boulder, Colorado. Most dogs didn’t seem to be having a good time.

Bekoff, M. (2022, July 4). Why you shouldn’t yank a dog’s leash. Psychology Today. Retrieved January 2, 2023, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animal-emotions/202207/yanking-dogs-leash-welfare-concern-dogs-and-humans?fbclid=IwAR2DCIr8fGbeJjoE_S1WQ4KYVVYmriQQ6HdXz42ZVccUmLyWDfe6tdaPgek

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Topic(s): Behavior, Dog to People - Skill Building, Pet Families, Social Interactions