Off-Leash Training (4)

Off-leash training is a transition because it is, most definitely, a slow process. It would be nice if we could just reach down, unsnap the leash, and know that your dog would instantly obey the commands “Come”, “Sit”, “Down”, “Stay”, and “Heel”. Regardless of how proficient a dog may be in basic obedience while attached to the leash, his efficiency […]

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Off-Leash Training (3)

Making A Correction While Using The “A” Line The only difference between the “A” line and the “B” line is the thickness and weight of each. Shifting the “B” line gave the dog a feeling of freedom as compared to the weight and thickness of the six-foot training leash. The “A” line will give your dog even more of a […]

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Off-Leash Training (2)

The “Stay” Command Using The “B” Line While executing the “Stay” command while the “B” line (five-foot long nylon line with the thickness similar to a kite string) is in use, you will have the advantage of stepping out more than just a leash length away. Because the “B” line is five feet long and your leash is six feet […]

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Off-Leash Training (1)

For those of you with dogs that are trained to heel accordingly, you are ready to make the transition into off-leash training. What You Will Need You will need two pieces of rope, five feet in length each. One of the pieces of rope should be strong and preferably made of nylon. The nylon line should be about the same […]

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Loose-Leash Training: The Most Effective Way To Train Your Dog (Part 3)

Walking Toward A Goal On any walking route, certain places are especially attractive to dogs. When dogs near those places, their excitement increases and the urge to pull is strong. You can use those places both as walking goals and training rewards. Start toward the attractive goal, such as a bush or clump of grass where all the neighborhood dogs […]

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Loose-Leash Training: The Most Effective Way To Train Your Dog (Part 1)

Dogs like to explore scents, sounds and sights, and tend to pursue those interests with enthusiasm – even when that means towing a human behind! While your pup is young and small, leash pulling might not bother you, but the habit will grow as your dog matures. If adults of your pup’s breed are large and powerful, you’d better fix […]

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Leash Training 101: Try Using Food Instead Of A Clicker

Though clicker training garners results with leash training, not everyone is comfortable with it. Personally, I do not use a clicker when training my dogs. I prefer to keep the rewards mixed. A rub, praise, toy or food can be intermixed as rewards when you get the response you want. Food is great for luring a dog into behavior, but […]

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Leash Training 101: The Golden Rule

The majority of dog owners address the issue of leash training only once it becomes a problem. In the beginning, when walking their dog, they initially think it’s “cute” that a puppy pulls away the entire walk to the park because, they think, that the dog “just can’t wait to play with its ball”. But once this pattern of pulling […]

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Leash Training 101: Start With The Correct Collar

One of the best leash training methods created today does so that encourages the dog to develop awareness of its owner. To begin, you should use a sturdy, flat or rolled buckle collar made of leather or nylon. Although popular among obedience trainers, slip collars – which tighten and release in response to tension – are not necessarily a good […]

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Leash Training 101: Do You Have The Right Mindset?

Leash training your dog is much more than actually following a few steps and guidelines. It’s the actual mindset of the owner that is the single most important element. Success or failure, joy or frustration – all depend on how you approach your dog’s walking sessions. Start your leash training off on the right paw, so to speak. If you […]

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