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|01-25-2014 05:42 PM|
|llombardo||Both. Depends on where we are.|
|01-25-2014 05:38 PM|
|MichaelE||I have never used a lead to train with except for recall on a 30' lead. Lisl as Ossie both were and are more than willing to learn and stay engaged without a lead.|
|01-25-2014 05:03 PM|
If you allow the dog to learn that the leash is an essential part of communication, it will need it in the future. Many people tug on a leash to get the dogs attention and then give a command. This physical cue will override any verbal cure you are attempting to use, and we'll become part of obedience for the dog.
Until much later in training (roughly 6 months), when the rules of leash pressure are shown to the dog, I don't use the leash for anything but management. If I need to get the dogs attention, I use my voice and movement to become more interesting than any distraction.
Engagement and focus on the handler are the first step in the training process, and until the pup is pushing and offering behaviors, I don't begin any formal training.
|01-25-2014 02:46 PM|
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|01-25-2014 02:21 PM|
If my memory serves ...at 8 weeks they were like glue...no leash required. But just getting a pup used to a leash for some has been problematic.
I used to make my pups hide their eyes, count to 20, I'd hide and darned if they didn't find me every time.
|01-25-2014 02:19 PM|
|onyx'girl||I never used a leash with my puppy either...his recall is 99% always has been. My female pup I did use a leash on and her recall is horrid. I know her personality is a huge part of it...she isn't a very biddable dog.|
|01-25-2014 02:11 PM|
I do almost all of my training off leash. I want a dog reliable off leash, so I don't even introduce a leash until they're much older unless it's really necessary.
My border collie is 1.5 years and the only time he's on a leash is to go to the vet, some training classes, or the store. To/from the car, work, exercise at the park, etc. he's off leash and I can control him really well... because I never learned to rely on a leash!
|01-25-2014 01:54 PM|
I do most of my puppy training at home off leash. I do like to have a lightweight leash attached to the flat collar, so I can step on it if necessary, but I want my puppies to pay attention to me and work with me, and not just because they are restrained by a leash. That requires me to be as motivating and fun as possible, so puppy WANTS to engage with me.
Obviously, outdoors I use a leash, for safety reasons.
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