Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: How to mark position while walking on the leash?
I would start with NO tools. No leash, collar, prong....nothing but you, your dog, and your rewards (I would use really yummy treats). I teach this position for puppies by hand-targeting. I hold my hand at my side where I want the dog's head, palm down, with a treat held between my thumb and fingers. I say "let's go!" in a cheerful voice and take maybe 1-3 steps. The puppy should start glued to that treat in your hand. After a step or two, mark and give the puppy that treat. The pup learns to hand target, meaning to keep their head/nose alligned to your hand because that's where the treat is. Don't be afriad to start with a bigger treat and let the puppy actually chew on it while you are walking. Walking on the side is not a natural thing for a dog, so they need a LOT of help at first. Eventually you can take more steps and/or pull your hand up a little higher so the pup is looking at it and targeting it rather than needing to chew the treat the whole time (and then gets the treat at the end of your steps).
You want to teach her the basics before introducing the corrections because right now she probably doesn't understand what you want.