Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Northern Illinois
I have a big guy who is dog aggressive. My trainer taught me to have a loose leash held at about 8" from the dog in my left hand, no loops. The right hand holds the loops, and my right hand is placed at my belly button. This makes me stand square and forward facing. His thought is that if you're square, you're facing front, not toward the dog and therefore more relaxed. It actually worked, plus I could give better correction in that position. He also told me to have a bigger voice, more confident. I was skeptical, but it worked. I'm short, so 8" was for my height with a big guy.