Dog Obedience Training: Introducing Your Dog to a Lead or Leash

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There are plenty of these to choose from on the market, what makes ours different? All of our collars, leashes, and leads were produced with the input of some of the top dog trainers and hunters around today. Our 24” Trainer’s Lead is a great tool for steadiness drills as you can release the dog from the lead with our quick detach buckle. Our Reversible Collar allows you to waterfowl hunt in the morning and chase upland birds in the afternoon with a quick change from camouflage to blaze orange. The Cut-to-Fit Collar can be sized for any dog and is waterproof and durable. Heading to a hunt test or trial? Make sure you have you Leather Line Lead with you. From check cords to a leash for walking around the neighborhood, we have what you need.
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Exercise your dog before leash-training activities: As the saying goes, . Getting all the excitement and wiggles out before starting the training session will help your dog stay more focused on the task at hand, and that leads to a better training session, which in turn leads to your dog more solidly (and more quickly) grasping the concept of loose leash walking. For dogs with issues on the walk, the training lead can be a great tool for correcting misbehaviors
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Most dogs learn very quickly that they must sit while the leash is being attached to the collar. They usually tremble with excitement, ready to explode into a frenzy as soon as this phase is accomplished. If your dog bolts toward the door, dragging you behind, then the situation is still out of control. Simply hold onto the leash, stand still and let your dog dance, ricochet and bounce around at the end of the leash. It may take 5 minutes or more, but she will soon realize that you are not going anywhere and will begin to calm down. When this happens, praise her for being good. After another minute or so, take your first step, but NOT towards the door. Instead, walk your dog around your house, garage or yard to give her a chance to practice her 'not-pulling' skills. Every time she pulls, lunges or strains on the leash, simply stand still again. When she calms down, talk to her, praise her calmly and quietly. Try to keep her attention on yourself instead of the door that leads to outside. When you feel that your dog is in control and she is walking nicely without pulling in your house or yard, then it is time to proceed to the great outdoors.Just a really neat device. It's a major part of Rick and Ronnie's Silent Command System. It's a key part to it. If you are using that system to train your dog, I highly recommend that you get a Wonder Lead.This is the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead. It's the best money you are ever going to spend for training a dog. It's made out of what's called piggin' string, which is a cowboy thing. It's a real stiff rope. It's used to teach a dog mainly to heel. The idea behind it is that you've got this rubber stopper, and that when the dog is where he's supposed to be it's going to loosen up on him.For the most part, everyone is striving to get to the point where their dog listens, consistently, when they're not at the end of a 6-foot leash. In many training books (and classes), it's not always clear how you transition from all the on-lead work that you've done to the off-lead work. Also, there are many situations where you want your dog to be able to run freely (like when you're playing fetch in the yard, or when you're going for a walk in the woods), and the leash doesn't seem practical in these situations. Well, hopefully what I'm about to say will change all that.