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Old 02-12-2014, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Now that my dog has a quality attitude and performance during the simple leashed walk would it create any problems when I release her from position to take the lead or fall behind and use the full 6 feet of her leash as long as the leash remains loose...no pulling whatsoever? Normally, any time on walks she remains in proper heel position but when we get to a park or open area I will usually say "okay" and allow her to roam with the full length of the leash as the restriction...always seems like a reward of sorts for her minding her manners during the more "formal" part of the walk. I feel pretty good about it since there is no forging or pulling when she has full length of the leash, as it is mostly always a loose leash. For the folks who have a much greater understanding of dog training and behavior than I...will this practice become problematic and create any negative consequences ??>

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This is exactly how I walk my dogs, except I use a 30' long line. I have a command for loose leash walking, one for focused heel, one for come this way but you don't have to be right next to me, and one for go wherever you wish.

I use the free command as a reward for good behavior for a portion of the walk. I encourage them to sniff and check stuff out. I even point out things for them to check out. Then we go back to loose leash or focused heel for a bit. Throw in some OB, random nosework or hide and seek in the woods, and you have yourself a pretty great walk for you and the dogs.
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Let the dog have a little freedom on walks as long as there's no pulling. Seems kind of boring for both of you guys to consistently be healing for miles on walks.
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This is exactly how I walk my dogs, except I use a 30' long line. I have a command for loose leash walking, one for focused heel, one for come this way but you don't have to be right next to me, and one for go wherever you wish.

I use the free command as a reward for good behavior for a portion of the walk. I encourage them to sniff and check stuff out. I even point out things for them to check out. Then we go back to loose leash or focused heel for a bit. Throw in some OB, random nosework or hide and seek in the woods, and you have yourself a pretty great walk for you and the dogs.

Thanks...good info, I'll expand on this new liberty the dog has earned.

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[QUOTE=Lucy Dog;5012106]Let the dog have a little freedom on walks as long as there's no pulling. Seems kind of boring for both of you guys to consistently be healing for miles on walks.[/QUOTE

Okay, this made me laugh...I completely agree with your observation and input BUT....here's what made me laugh....It seems like I worked so hard to get to that boring heeling walk and then to just view it as " boring for both of you guys to consistently be healing for miles on walks".....3-4 months ago I would have wished for a boring walk with a well minded heeling GSD but had most anything but that....LOL

I agree with the freedom of which you suggest and thank you for your response.

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Do you consider walking off leash in the same manner? Heeling or keeping within the same distance as the leash length?
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Do you consider walking off leash in the same manner? Heeling or keeping within the same distance as the leash length?
Aha !! This is my next goal for the two of us....if this should come to fruition I will be thrilled....I'm sort of gearing up for what you describe....I will have to say in all honesty...it seems a quantum leap of sorts for me...but I have seen enough people in here accomplish this and sooo much more...so I say to myself...if someone else can do it, so can I, as I am not limited by my dog ...given the education, patience and dedication.... I will have a dog I can go everywhere with....tis me goal matey...


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Now that my dog has a quality attitude and performance during the simple leashed walk would it create any problems when I release her from position to take the lead or fall behind and use the full 6 feet of her leash as long as the leash remains loose...no pulling whatsoever? Normally, any time on walks she remains in proper heel position but when we get to a park or open area I will usually say "okay" and allow her to roam with the full length of the leash as the restriction...always seems like a reward of sorts for her minding her manners during the more "formal" part of the walk. I feel pretty good about it since there is no forging or pulling when she has full length of the leash, as it is mostly always a loose leash. For the folks who have a much greater understanding of dog training and behavior than I...will this practice become problematic and create any negative consequences ??>

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I don't know how much greater my understanding of dog training is LOL, but I do the same thing. I don't have a particular training need for Sansa to walk exactly to heel, so I don't really care where she walks as long as she doesn't criss-cross me or pull on the leash. If she is behaving herself and keeping pace with me, which she does 90% of the time, I let some slack into the leash, but if she gets overly-excited about it than I shorten it up again.
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