Leash Tip

July 13, 2011, Training Tips, Taurus Dog Training

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Spring and Summer are upon us once again.  With these pleasant conditions for taking walks with our dogs, Taurus would like to share some information with you about leashes.  Sometimes it's nice to let our dogs sniff about and "just be dogs" while we're on walks together.  It's important to remember, though, that a walk is a great time to deepen your connection with your dog as well.  We encourage folks to walk with their dogs at a heel and reward them for polite leash skills or giving eye contact when asking to sniff their favorite spots.  This way, you stay in charge of the direction and pace of the walk, so it's more fun for you too! 

We find that the easiest and safest way to walk your dog is on a regular four or six foot leash.  Retractable leashes not only allow our dogs to get so far away from us that they forget we even exist, it's also hard to redirect your dog from dangerous situations or unwanted behaviors.  All too often, we've seen a retractable leash allow a dog to get into a bad situation with dogs or even cars, or trip up unsuspecting passerby.  If you must use a retractable lead, we suggest keeping your dog at a heel with the leash fixed at a short distance until you're clear of distractions and dangers.  Once you're ready, you can give your dog a releasing command like "sniff, sniff" and allow them to have a little more length.

If you have any questions about walking equipment, feel free to ask a Pack Member the next time you're in.  Stay tuned for a video on trail etiquette in our next newsletter!  Until then, happy trails.

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