06 September 2019

10 TIPS For Loose Leash Walking & The Heel Command - Part 1

Leash walking, heel command tips. Stop your dog from pulling with these top 10 dog walking tips. Learn how to make your walks with your dog enjoyable and ...

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this video we're gonna talk about leash walk and get me thought to heel on command there's one thing that you want to do is you want to make sure that you can get your dog to walk with you because your dog needs to get off of the property at least three or four times a week or if you can you can even get off the property because not only do they need the physical stimulation your dog also needs the mental stimulation and a lot of dogs that I see behavior problems they never get off the property already right there on the property so watch this video I'm gonna give you ten tips on how to improve your dog's heel commit so first tip I want to give you is understanding why your dog pulls on leash so this thing that it's called opposition reflex opposition reflex is very simple term and what it means is that when you apply pressure your dog applies counter pressure here's a quick little exercise that you can do call your dog over I'm gonna sit position and then take your hands and push on your dog's shoulders see if you can push your dog until we down maybe just put your hand in a dog's head and push down are you gonna see you're gonna see

opposition reflex kick in and this is what happens whenever you apply pressure to a dog that's why I don't use force to train dogs okay alright use as little as I possibly can get away with because the more you apply force the more resistance you get so instead of always applying force we try to get compliance try to communicate your cooperation that's how you train a dog and so when opposition reflex kicks in right communication breaks down and opposition reflex happens just about every time you put your dog on leash because you put the dog on leash you pull back the dog feels the pressure since you understand the opposition reflex the dog exists and they pull in the other direction you ever notice the harder you pull the harder the dog pulls opposition reflex the more force you apply the more resistance you're gonna get so step number one the first tip that I can give you is that we have to make sure we don't trigger the dog's opposition reflex I know what you thinking okay so I put the leash on my dog he starts pulling before you even start walking I know that that's why there's nine more tips to go but I just want you to

remember because really the everything you need to understand about leash walking has a lot with triggering the dogs opposition reflex so keep watching okay when I teach my dog to walk on theat I teach him two different commitments I teach them what I call let's go come in and I teach them a heel command now there's a difference between the two okay let's go command it's just an informal walk it's just being the dog walking along and I don't expect the dog to be perfect I don't want it to pull they don't then pull but I don't expect the dog to be perfect by that the dog could be a little bit out in front of me the document my left side could be on my right side I don't really care the dog can sniff and just enjoy the walk this is what I say to my dog if I'm on a trail if I'm hiking if I'm on the beach I just tell my dog let's go and you know do your thing just don't pull them okay the other command that I teach is the heel command and heel is where I want the dog right at my side paying attention to me go in the same direction same pace that I'm going it's a little bit more formal okay so I have a formal

heel command and an informal let's go committed if you were in the military you know what I was talking about ten guys can walk down the street but ten guys can march down the street there's a difference right when you're walking with ten guys it's just all over the place when you're marching with ten other guys you're in Staten so that's that's how I always tell people think about let's go and heal all right what we're gonna focus on in this video is heal him dog to walk in the heel command heel position with you okay so before you can teach it on heel you have to know where he'll is the heel position where is it ask this question all time whatever I'm doing a dog training class that's everybody X hey where's the heel come in where's heel position and you get all these different answers some people say left side some people say it's on the right side people say it's a little bit behind a little bit front and so the thing is how are you gonna teach heel if you don't know where heel position is so let me explain this to you if you're gonna do competitive obedience if you're gonna teach your dog

to go into the ring if you want to compete get a companion dog title with your dog you need to have your dog heel on your left side so it has to be on your left side now if you're not gonna compete with your dog if you are not concerned about that you can teach your dog heel on your left side or your right side doesn't matter and there's a lot of people watch this right now oh my god he doesn't know what he's talking about you can teach your dog to eat on the right side why not if you want your dog to heal on your right side go ahead and start teaching those thing that I'll say is that you want to be consistent when you talk to heal when you say heal when I'm on your right side make sure they're on your right side every time you say heal now the reason that heal is always considered on your left side is one all the training used to be done with choke chain and so when you put a choke chain on a dog you have to make a piece put it over the dog and the P is on so that when you give the dog a correction of the choke chain the choke chain loosens up so all the dogs had to be on your left side that's one of the reasons the other reason is that

a lot of dog training comes from gun dog trained gun dog trainers when you're out with your dog if you have dog on one side shotgun on the other side so most people are right-handed so you would have a shotgun in your right hand dog in your left hand that's where a lot of this comes from but it doesn't matter again unless you're gonna compete now I'll tell you I do teach my dog to heal on my left side because I am a right-handed person so I use my right hand to do most of the activities day to day so if you think about it right my cell phone is always in my back right hand pocket like keys are usually in my right pocket I open doors with my right hand so since my right hand is used it's good having the dog on my left side so that my right hand is free so if you're a lefty you may want to teach your dog to heal on your right side follow me makes sense right but there's no rule there's no law that says you have to teach your dog on your left side doing either side it doesn't matter just be consistent now the other reason I do teach left it's cuz I live in Westport Massachusetts not Connecticut it's real Westport in here we don't have any

sidewalks I always like to walk my dog on the inside so it's dog to be and then it's traffic cuz I was walking in traffic so that's one of the other reasons that I like teaching my website again it doesn't matter where you teach your dog now the way I was taught heal was the back of the dog's paw is in line with the back of your heel okay that's where I was taught heal so the dog goes on your left perfect heel position is the back of the paw in line with the back your heel and the dog's lays in line with your leg their head is right there at your top or your shin Chihuahua that's where I was taught keep it right there at your side and when the dog is there that's heel position now we're not looking for perfect heel position but most people watching this hey I just want my dog to walk with me without dragging me around we're not concerned about doing competitive obedience I just want the dog to walk with me so again it just has to be in that gentle there okay so that's heel position okay so we understand opposition reflex we understand where heel position is now

the next step is we have to make sure that we're holding the leash properly okay and hold the leash problem you can solve a lot of problems I see with people's lifetime is a dict leash and they wrap themselves up in the leash now the leash is all tight they're tense and what's this gonna do it's gonna trigger our opposition reflex the dogs gonna start pulling the trick to locking a dog it's making sure that you stay nice and relaxed calm take a deep breath have to be relaxed okay so if I was to ask you to just stand up actually go ahead do it just go ahead and stand up yep good now you're staying in there now what I want you to do is I want you to relax your arms at your side yeah just relax your arms at your side now do you notice anything the first thing that you can notice is your elbows are not bent most people when they walk through they're off their dogs their elbows are bent which triggers opposition reflux you need to stay relaxed the other thing you notice is that your palms are facing behind you like this when you stand nice and relaxed you palms aren't facing out okay this is a part once you remember that if you're standing there thanks for

life your elbows are relaxed your palms are facing behind you because that's how you gonna start holding the leash so my instructions are for the dog on the left side so if your dog is heeling on the right side just reverse my instructions okay this is for your dog on the left side so the first thing that I do is I always take the loop of the leash and I put my thumb through it like this and then I make a fist okay make a fist because this way the leash is locked in with my thumb don't really can't go anywhere if I make a fist and hold on tight and have my dog if I use both hands now if i brace myself even a big strong powerful dog you know smaller person can hold the dog back so I always start with what's called the thumb lock okay just like this now with your left hand what you're gonna do is you're gonna use what's called an overhand grip there's an underhand grip on facing the ceiling there's an overhand grip palm facing the floor we want to use an overhand grip so we grab the Leafs with an overhand grip you slide down the leash and now watch this hold the leash like this bonk a overhand grip and then we relax our arms remember

I asked you to stand up and relax now you're holding the leash just like you were nice and relaxed okay and that's where you start now eventually I just walk the dog with one hand I just have the dog with the leash in one hand like this but for now I want you to use two hands sometimes your right hand needs to come over and assist your left hand but for the most part you're gonna stay nice relaxed like this and hold your leash again I don't like to use the underhand grip because look at my palms are facing out if I use an underhand grip and what happens is your elbows Bend okay once they Bend these gets tight dog feels pressured opposition reflex kicks in and off your dog goes stay relaxed okay on to our next step totally share something I want to share some insight baseball with you you may not know this maybe you do know it maybe you don't but dog trainers they don't get along very well it's just me I get along I'm a peaceful peaceful man but some people get along me they don't like me right because of the way I do certain types of training and if there's one place that you see a lot of fighting

amongst dog trainers it's when it comes to the topic of dog training tool dog trainers get married to certain tools and they believe that's the best and only tool that you can use to train a dog so I want to talk about dog training tools real here real quick right here and then we're gonna talk about some of the tools today that I use and I prefer and I'll explain why you use them and how I use it and you can do with your dog when it comes to the top of tools what I always say is that there's really no bad dog training tool okay really come but for the most part if you want to use a harness gentle leader choke chain prong collar and electronic collar if you know how to use it properly there's really no bad tools and if you put an old hole harness on your dog if you know what those what a nopal harnesses you can just look up on the internet they're popular with with very positive trainers okay but if you use a no pole harness on your dog and you get great results dog doesn't pull you you have excellent control over your dog say keep using keep using what I see though is that a lot of times the owner has a difficult

time controlling the dog using harnesses and some of these tools and so again what I always say is that whatever tool works best for you use that tool but you want to make sure that you know how to use the tool problems and there's all different types of tools out there there's harnesses there's collars the black college martingale phallus choke collars brawn college knee collars there's all these there's gentle eaters all these different dog trimmers rules they all work depending on what you want the dog to do so one of the reasons that I don't use harnesses on dogs is because harnesses are designed with dr. pol if you look at a bunch of huskies you'll see that they don't have powers attached to the sled they have harnesses attached and so you catch this the sled dog to the harness so that they can pull with everything they got evenly dispersed across their chest if you lower themselves to the ground and they can dig in all hearts has become very popular because dog trees kind of evolved into where we don't want to do any harm or you know everybody thinks that some tools are evil and clicked a lot of pain or dog so

partisans become very popular but the thing with a harness of you said is it designed the pole okay yeah there's different tools I'm gonna talk about some of the tools that I like to use because what I just noticed is this videos were way longer than I expected so I'm gonna do is I'm gonna do this in two parts this is part one so you want to do this right now one hit the subscribe button and then click on that little bell because that will notify you when part two comes out he's not gonna want to miss by two because what we did is I explained why dog school and I'm going to show you how to get them to stop thanks for watching [Music] [Music] you