Dog pulling injuries hurt thousands of loving dog owners like you every year. When your dog jerks or pulls against the leash it can injure you. 

In this post you will learn how to avoid being hurt from your dog pulling on leash.

Injury from dog pulling


What Are the Main Types of Dog Pulling Injuries for People

Whiplash from dog walking - Unless your dog is very large and very strong, you probably won’t get whiplash from your dog pulling. Whiplash is a neck injury that is usually caused from car accidents due to the whipping motion that your neck makes during high speed braking in a car

If you do have a strong dog that pulls very hard it is possible to get a whiplash injury but this is not a common dog walking injury. If you have been walking a dog that pulls on the leash and your neck is hurting it’s best to see a doctor to rule out any serious injury.


Shoulder injury from dog pulling on leash

Shoulder injury from dog pulling on leash - A shoulder injury from a dog that pulls a lot on the leash is a common injury for owners of small and large dogs. Dogs are known to go from zero to full speed if they spot another dog or animal. 

That sudden pulling on the leash to a dog walker that isn’t paying attention can pull the shoulder with enough force to give you a painful injury. 

There’s a few ways to stop your dog from pulling or jerking on the leash that can help you avoid getting injured.

Leash Training: The best way to get your dog to stop pulling is to work with a trainer or train your dog yourself. There are collars and other tools designed to help in the training process just in case you don’t have hundreds of hours to spend trying to train your dog.

Don’t use a long leash - Your dog should not need a long leash when you are out on walks with him. A long leash gives your little buddy too much freedom to do what he wants instead of what you want him to do. 

How to Improve Dog Walking

First, if you are getting any arm pain from walking your dog then something needs to change quickly. Walking with your dog should be something that you both enjoy. It should be relaxing. It should not hurt you!

The best thing you can do for your little buddy is to get on the same page with him/her. When your walks have rules and your dog understands the rules and follows them, you will both enjoy your walks a lot more.

Most dogs jerk, pull and take off because they feel like they are in charge of the walk. They are actually walking YOU, not the other way around.

Dog Walking Injury FAQ’s:

Q: My dog pulled me to the ground, what should I do?

A: If your dog pulled you so hard that you fell to the ground the first thing to ask yourself is if this happens a lot.

Does it?

If it does, then you have a training issue that you will need to deal with before somebody else or another dog gets hurt. A powerful dog that is not behaved can be a danger to the whole neighborhood and make you look bad.

You don’t want that do you?

The best way to get your dog on board with walking in a more calm way is to invest in some dog training. You do not have to hire an expensive local dog trainer for this either. There are online courses you can take in the comfort of your living room that will teach you what to do and what not to do when walking your dog.

With a little bit of training you can train your dog to be a much better walker. We recommend trainer Anthony Louis. His methods are super easy to follow and they work great. 

Note: It is not a good idea to train your dog using nothing but treat reinforcement. Many dog treats are not very healthy for starters. Also, not all dogs are motivated by food and if your dog is one of those then treats won’t help anyway.

It’s best to use behavioral “mother dog” type training to really show your pet how they need to act, just like their own mother would. Check out Anthony Louis’s training page here to learn more.

How to walk a dog that won’t walk?

Some dogs are stubborn and don’t want to walk with a leash and collar or harness. This can be frustrating for pet parents but it can be overcome. 

Your dog may just be scared of his harness or collar or some other issue in your neighborhood. With some proper training and guidance from you, your dog will love walking in no time.

What does it mean when your dog won’t walk?

There could be a lot of reasons that your dog is refusing to walk while on leash. He could have a foot injury, a shoulder injury or some other type of injury that is making walking painful for him.

Or it could just be too hot or too cold outside. In these cases it can help to introduce your dog to a harness and/or collar and leash indoors first, then going outside. If you can slowly get your dog used to the idea of wearing a harness and leash indoors you are on the way to outdoor walks.

What to do if your dog can’t walk anymore?

Unfortunately some dogs are not able to take walks at all due to old age or injury. If your dog simply will not walk on a leash you can always use a pet stroller as a way to still spend time with him outdoors.

You can still get the exercise that is so good for your own health, and your dog can still get out and enjoy the outdoors. Just because your dog can not walk anymore doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy life anymore!

Does pulling on a dogs leash hurt them?

Yes. If your dog pulls on the leash too much it can injure his shoulder or neck from the harness or collar pulling on his joints and muscles. 

Some dogs are born to pull sleds, but for the rest of them they should be able to get outside and take a nice walk without pulling on the leash to the point of getting hurt from it.

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