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I do not have a particular way of what side to walk a dog. The dog and I are completely comfortable on either right or left side. In that since a both righty and lefty when it comes to handling dogs on leashes. I don't see the big deal of people being particular holding leashes on a specific side. For example, besides if a dog coming my way and anticipate the dog and the oncoming dog coming my way. First, put the dog on the opposite side and cross to the other side of path, street, crosswalk, etc. Another example, on bike path or trail dog is on the opposite of potential danger. That's when I have an advantages to help him/her avoid such as oncoming bikes, dogs, cars, people, etc. Do you have a particular way or perference holding leashes?
 

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I don't. I just hold the end of the leash and let them sniff around on either side. If they start pulling, I keep a tight leash on my left side.
 

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If we are specifically heeling, of course the left side is where Raina walks. If we are on a loose leash walk, she walks beside me, in front of me, or either side as long as she keeps the lead loose. I do step off the path for people coming toward me with dogs or on bicycles because it seems like the safer thing to do for my dog. You never know what level of training other people have with their dogs - you can get a hint by the dog's behavior and the way they are holding the leash, but I mostly try to avoid going dog face to dog face if possible. Bicycles can be scary if they get too close, because the person may suddenly fall or swerve. The dog can be hit or have its foot run over and then you have another issue - fear of bicycles.
 

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I don't have any evidence on this, it was what one of the trainers I went to told the class. But the best side to walk your dog on is the left. The reason is, and she told us this was researched and proven, that a dog for some reason can read the left side of your face better than your right side. I guess it's your expression. Now what that has really to do with walking a dog, I can't answer that. She never went into detail on it and I never researched it on line. But if I get time, I think I will. So we learned to walk on both sides. But primarily the left.

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my trainer told me right/left in front or behind is good as long as the leash is loose. Left is more for showing ...at least that is what she said.
I have a weaver..she stays with me but weaves. Until she's tired and then she's a dead on heeler
 

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Just so the leash is loose either side is fine :) my girl is trained on both sides, in line with my body.... And to switch on command..... That way she is engaged on the entire walk, bit that's more of a personal preference. I like to keep her on her toes at our park because unfortunately off leash dogs are a big problem


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I don't have any evidence on this, it was what one of the trainers I went to told the class. But the best side to walk your dog on is the left. The reason is, and she told us this was researched and proven, that a dog for some reason can read the left side of your face better than your right side. I guess it's your expression. Now what that has really to do with walking a dog, I can't answer that. She never went into detail on it and I never researched it on line. But if I get time, I think I will. So we learned to walk on both sides. But primarily the left.

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OK, now I'm confused. I found some research that states they read the right side of the face not the left. I swear the trainer said the left side. She either read a different study or she misunderstood or I missed something she said that went with this. Oh well, it's interesting either way. Here's the link......It will explain it more if interested.

What is Left Gaze Bias? How Does It Relate to Dogs? | Canidae Blog

I still walk my dog on the left primarily. It's just how we were trained to do it and it's what we're more programed to do.
 

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I walk Roxy right side when we are walking at our local riverfront..that is because it's that side that is the grass and where we duck when we are about to be run over by inconsiderate bike riders.
 

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I believe its left because the left side is more practical. In most countries, we walk on the right side of the sidewalk…if the dog is on the left, this means the dog is between you and others for protection. I’m not a “everyone is out there to kill me” person, but it makes sense for your dog to be between you and a stranger when you’re passing on the street.

Also, if you hold a leash in your left hand, when you see someone, you can stop and shake hands without changing leash hands.

Most things that happen in trials or shows, have a practical reason. Even if the practical reason is hard to grasp or figure out in this day and age…at some point it was put in there because there was a reason for it.
 

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Typically during leisurely walks they're on my right, just because it's what's comfortable. Formal "heel" is on the left, but I also teach heeling on the right for when we are walking in traffic, etc.
 

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Since I've had dogs for a long time and have always taught them obedience, it's natural for me to have my dog on the left even if we're not doing formal heeling. However, we work on BOTH sides for agility as it will be necessary for him to be comfortable being on either side.
 

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I walk Apollo with a harness, and on a short leash for better control, even if he really doesn't pull much.
That forces him to 'stay on his side' as I like to put it, when he tries to cross over. Usually it's the right side, simply because I'm right handed, and it's just more natural for me. I like to keep everything consistent for Apollo as much as possible.
 

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I don't have any evidence on this, it was what one of the trainers I went to told the class. But the best side to walk your dog on is the left. The reason is, and she told us this was researched and proven, that a dog for some reason can read the left side of your face better than your right side. I guess it's your expression. Now what that has really to do with walking a dog, I can't answer that. She never went into detail on it and I never researched it on line. But if I get time, I think I will. So we learned to walk on both sides. But primarily the left.

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I don't know why, but have a dislike term on the "your dog". My dog and other dogs, don't think it is a bigger deal on right, left or both sides. I don't have particular sides, although a righty for throwing, writing, etc. For dog walking dogs seem fine with both. Seems to me some trainers or owners are very particular on the walking, don't need to be particular about the walking. Sometimes even walk two dogs at once on leashes so both go on the opposite sides. You know your dog more than dog trainers or even an article. Make a hypothesis next time you walk a dog keep eyes open, observe the dog on both right and left. Think what's the difference?
 
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