View Full Version : Loose Lead Walking Training at DTI

30th April 2008, 12:57 AM

30th April 2008, 01:31 AM
Awww too cute! Who is this in the video? This is how we do loose lead at my dog club too. Notice the dog as keeping his focus on his handler. :)

30th April 2008, 09:17 PM
That is Jaspar's FAVOURITE ROOM in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. :lol: Not only are there often forgotten training treats scattered around the floor for him to find, but also the agility equipment is kept there.

I don't know the handler or dog though -- must be one of DTI's latest classes. I like how that little dog is very focused and checking in with the handler.

1st May 2008, 06:34 AM
Not only are there often forgotten training treats scattered around the floor for him to find

:lol: Beau is a specialist at finding abandoned training treats at class too, but he has to work at finding them because we work on grass. I swear he thinks he is a scent hound sometimes.

2nd May 2008, 10:44 AM
This is a little dog who used to "pull like a train" as per the owner. Isn't she so sweet. Essie is her name a little doat!

2nd May 2008, 10:54 AM
This is a little dog who used to "pull like a train" as per the owner.

I watch that thinking that dog is naturally not a puller so I'm very impressed. A film or explanation of your technique would be wonderful..please! ;)

2nd May 2008, 11:14 AM
It is the method used in this book. A great little book. We hand it out for the HEELWORK course - yes we have a whole course on teaching your dog to walk on a lead.

Again you get th behaviour of Loose Lead, mark it with a reward (food treat). Stop for any pull on the lead turning into the hand holding the lead. When the dog CHOOSES to be with you on a loose lead and checks in you reward.

So there is no verbal cue. The cue for the dog to correct ITSELF is the feeling of pressure on collar or harness. It means that you are not pulling your dog into a heel position. The dog is working with you and for you. The dog is HAPPY to walk on a loose lead as the reinforcers are forward movement (the walk) and when learning the food treats (marking the correct position). Also there is little to none luring with food.

Initially you want to teach the dog that the pull means no forward movement so we have a little game.

Hold the dog on the lead.
Throw a piece of food out.
The dog pulls.
Hold but do not pull the dog back.
After a few secs the dog will release on the lead (loose lead) at which point you move forward and the treat + forward movement becomes available ONLY ON LOOSE LEAD.
Dogs get it after 4/5 goes and then we start work on the walking on the loose lead.

Pulling a dog into a heel position or using choke or prong collars is pointless and useless. For example we see HEEL taught by pulling the dog into a heel position and then saying HEEL. But the verbal cue HEEL is then associated with the dog being pulled back with little or no reinforcer. Hence the handler must ALWAYS give a HEEL + Jerk when walking the dog. What a pain in the ARM!

This is a much better method and it ends up with the dog knowing when to correct themselves, using their brain and enjoying their walks. Plus you don't have a sore shoulder if you own a big yellow lab!


2nd May 2008, 11:16 AM
www.dogwise.com is the best place to get it.

ISBN: 1929242239

2nd May 2008, 11:17 AM
ok I just posted a whole explaination of how to teach using this method but it hasn't posted. Maybe it will appear in a while!

2nd May 2008, 11:23 AM

3rd May 2008, 11:17 AM
Tara thank you so much for taking the time to post instructions in such detail. I will have a good read through and try again. I wish I could go to one of your classes.

I just ordered the book on amazon for £4.83 including p&p.

4th May 2008, 12:25 AM
The detailed instructions are up now earlier in the thread. Not sure why that went into moderation! Tara it must have been your naughty behaviour on some previous occasion... :lol:

6th May 2008, 03:09 PM
The book is excellent with photos and great explainations. We always have a few handy so when people ask we can recommend or lend it out.

Trying to take more video and photos at DTI to post online. These explain better than words!