Features March 2011 Issue

On-Leash Training Blossoming into Off-Leash Reliability

When you call your dog to you, it’s encouraging to your dog if you turn your body away and maybe even start moving in the direction you’d like her to travel. Have a treat ready!

On-Leash Training Blossoming into Off-Leash Reliability

“Long lines” and “light lines” are helpful tools when your dog is almost but not quite ready for off-leash recalls.

The transition from on-leash training to off-leash reliability can be a frustrating challenge. “But he knows what ‘come’ means!” a client wails, and points as proof to the fact her dog comes impeccably, every time, when called in the training center, the house, or the backyard. Her dog does know what come means – in the training center, in the house, and in the backyard. He also knows that when he’s hiking in the woods, chasing squirrels and rabbits is far more rewarding than coming back when he is called, especially since “Come” often means “The hike is over, the leash is going on the collar, and we’re returning to the car.”

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