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Old 12-19-2013, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This isn't a question about training, per se. I'm having a real problem with Aston's leash. Our walks are constantly plagued with the leash wrapping all around his body and legs. Any recommendations on how to fix this? Any products I could buy?
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How to Properly Hold a Leash - YouTube
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For regular leashed walks my girl has to walk next to me. There is only enough slack in the leash so that the clip hangs vertically and she can sniff, but not so much that she can get it caught in her legs (if you're walking a puppy/little dog you'd have to see how much slack keeps the leash from getting tangled). Sometimes I also tell her to "go sniff" and then the only rule is that she can't pull me while she goes exploring. In these cases I use the leash more like a retractable one, giving her more slack as she walks away and folding it back up as she gets closer (don't use an actual retractable leash until your dog is well trained on walks!)


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Old 12-20-2013, 04:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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With a typical 6' leash, I would heel my dog on the left and hold the handle with my right hand and hold the slack of the leash loosely with my left hand. Basically hold the leash with two hands.

Mostly we use the Flexi-leash, there is always a bit of tension on it so the leash does not go slack and get tangled.
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With a typical 6' leash, I would heel my dog on the left and hold the handle with my right hand and hold the slack of the leash loosely with my left hand. Basically hold the leash with two hands.

Mostly we use the Flexi-leash, there is always a bit of tension on it so the leash does not go slack and get tangled.
Excellent point - either hold your leash in both hands like she suggested or use a Flexi-leash. If you use a Flexi-leash be sure to get a good quality one that is made for the weight of your dog. There also is another option - a bungee leash - I used it on my aussie - it does not get tangled up in the dog's legs or body and is easy to use with one hand. Also for winter walks , I found it to be much better than the flexi- leash especially when wearing thick gloves or mittens.
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I'll second this video I guess. Leash handling is a very important skill to have. I use a 3-4ft leash in a similar manner to the video. I would NEVER recommend a flexi lead. You have zero control that way and teach bad habits.
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I walk mine on a 15 foot lead - It doesn't need to get slack in it, I handle it like a horse's lunge line, taking up and letting out slack as needed. You just need to be aware of what's going on with your dog, you and the lead.
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I liked to use an over the shoulder leash with my GSD, the length the dog had wasn't long enough to get tangled, only a few feet long. I would not recommend that for a dog who isn't already good with walking on a loose leash or one who might try to take off suddenly, though.
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With a typical 6' leash, I would heel my dog on the left and hold the handle with my right hand and hold the slack of the leash loosely with my left hand. Basically hold the leash with two hands.

Mostly we use the Flexi-leash, there is always a bit of tension on it so the leash does not go slack and get tangled.
This is how I walk Rocco with a 6' leash, only I switch sides depending on my direction and side of the block (don't like him on the side of people's front lawn).


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