People are amazed by this, but it’s simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. Then, as your dog is walking on the leash reward him any time he happens to be on your chosen side by saying "yes" or "good" and feeding him a treat right by your side. The simple (and kind of cute) reason is their legs are just too long for them to coordinate properly. The pattern is left rear, left front, right rear, right front. Medical Conditions. When a human allows a dog to walk in front, they are sending signals to the dog that he is leading the human. But note that a dog in pain may also sleep more than usual. A dog who in walking in a U- shape or a dog walking in a curved C-shape can sometimes be suggestive of a medical problem. If we take a close look at a walking dog, we will notice how the head and neck lower when the front leg is lifted and rise when the leg is put down. Why is it that some dogs walk by moving both legs on one side of the body at the same time, while others (most?) The first thing to do is decide which side of you that you would like your dog to walk. A gait is the pattern of repetitive limb motions that a dog uses to walk, trot, run and gallop. Think about the way dogs walk. If your dog is usually an easy sleeper, (most are), but suddenly appears restless and unable to lie still, pain may be the reason why. walk by moving the front leg on one side at the same time as the rear leg on the other side? This is why dogs follow me wherever I go. presents a video showing one of the steps to teach your puppy to walk on loose leash. Here are six dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. Call your dog’s name and point to the side that you want him to walk on (whichever side you choose but left is in the traditional heel side). For example, a dog who walks curved may be experiencing back problems, such as IVDD, a progressive deterioration of the discs in the spine, but it could also be a sign of a dog with some digestive issue or even gland problems. This may seem petty in a human's mind, however it means a lot in a dog’s mind. The proper way to walk a dog is the dog walking either beside you, or behind you, and never in front of you. It seemed right to walk left. Unusual Laying Position: Legs are straight out and off to the side when the dog is laying on its stomach or legs are straight out behind the dog. Tim Silva, Washington, D.C. Cecil replies: Among all canine gaits, the walk is the slowest and less tiring. Sway Walk: Also called a loose walk. Instinct tells a dog that the leader goes first. When that gait begins to look abnormal, with the dog limping, staggering, favoring a side, and showing signs of weakness and difficulties in walking, it is often a sign of a more serious issue that cannot be seen. Dogs often lean to one side as well as walk around in circles when their vestibular system is affected. When the dog is walking, the back end sways back and forth because the hips are loose. When I’m out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I’m in a safe area. If the front left leg is moving forward, the rear right leg will move in unison. Dysfunctional connections between the inner and middle ear and brain create the ataxia that causes an older dog to exhibit symptoms of disorientation. Some puppies and young dogs who walk in a sideways manner grow out of it later in life. I began walking on the left side, facing bike-pedestrian trail traffic.