Are dogs allowed to walk in front of people? Or is that a sign of dominance?
Dogs don’t walk in front to be dominant. They do so because they walk faster than you or are just a lot more excited to get to wherever you are going. I let the dog lead as long as there is no pressure on the leash. Remember, they are very curious and excited animals.
Why does my dog walk ahead of me?
You may have heard that if your dog walks ahead of you they are dominating you, this is a myth. Most dogs walk in front because they simply walk faster than you. It can be very hard for a puppy to walk slowly. Dogs also walk in front because they are a lot more excited to go for the walk. This is the one thing (well besides food and treats) that your dog has to look toward in his day. He really wants to explore and get to the park or that one spot that he loves to pee on or to see his friend down the street. Your dog or puppy could remember where that cat or squirrel was last time and wants to see if they are still there.
You can allow your dog to walk in front of you as long as there is no pressure on the leash from him or her pulling. If there pulling and other unwanted behaviors are present during a walk seek training to eliminate them.