Loose Lead 1-1 Training

Whether or not your dog can walk nicely on his lead makes a huge difference as to whether you enjoy walking him or not. A dog which pulls (especial if a large breed) can cause owners to have severe damage to their arms, shoulder, back never mind the frustration and battle that ensues as a result of a "pulley dog". Let's not forget also that there is a massive safety element. I have had many clients who have been pulled over onto hard ground because their dog pulls.

Dogs pull for many reasons usually because they have spotted something very tempting in the environment such as another dog, person, squirrel etc. You, at that moment, do not exist to your dog. He is fully focused on reducing the distance between him and that stimulus.

There are many reasons why people fail to get good lead work from their dog. To obtain good heel-work there are many foundation elements which need to be worked on before even implementing practical heel-work. To obtain a good loose lead behaviour we will work on the following:

  • Education 1: First we need to understand why your dog is pulling. Once we understand his stimulus and arousal then we can look at ways of desensitizing him to it so as he no longer finds it so stimulating.

  • Education 2: Looking at the appropriate tools and equipment to use with your dog when walking. There are many "stop pull" products out there, however, they do little in actually addressing the issue and in most cases cause frustration for the dog, causing them to spend the whole walk trying to get the device off! I aim to remove the need for any "stop pull" equipment and we will aim to walk your dog purely on a well-fitted harness and lead. This will be explained in detail when we have our initial consultation.

  • Foundation training: Making your dog aware that you are at the end of the lead. as mentioned many dogs become oblivious to the fact that there is someone on the other end of the lead once they are stimulated or driven by another focus. It is hard as humans to compete with the environment, however, it is not impossible. Using some very simple and effect empowering focus training your dog will soon realise you are at the end of the lead.

  • Primary training: finding what works - a big part of getting your dog to 'want' to be by your side on lead is finding that comfort zone between you and your dog. You and your dog may have a preference as to which side you train on, your dog will have his own stride and gait which if not matched by his owner can cause barriers in heel-work. You the owner need to become familiar with and confident with how you hold the lead, treats, clicker etc. All these things will make a big difference in the effectiveness of your training.

  • Emergency Tricks: These are little exercises which can be implemented in those moments where your voice and treats are just not enough to encourage your dog away from that very tempting stimulus.

  • Break training: A hugely important part of heel-work and one of the reasons why heel-work training may fail in the beginning. we cannot expect our dog walk by our side for the full hour walk we plan to take them on, especially in the beginning when we are just starting to teach and implement training. Cueing a break allows your dog to relax and 'break' from the training, reducing boredom, resistance and lose of interest. This means they are more willing to come back into heel when asked.

  • Bringing it all together: putting everything together and ensuring we have a good understanding of what works, and tweaking training where needed to ensure you get the best success from your heel-work training.

Throughout this program you will be fully sported via phone or email Mon-Fri should you have any questions or queries in between the one-hour coaching sessions.

This unique and powerful training package is implemented over eight weeks with each session being an hour long. we will work in the comfort of your home and out in the environment (location of which will be discussed during consultation).

Before being able to sign up to this training package a phone consultation will need to be carried out for me to be able to obtain all the information I need to help ensure we get the best from the program.

PLEASE NOTE this is not a training package for those dogs who pull due to reactive behaviours such as aggression or fear. These are behaviour issues which require behaviour modification once a behaviour consultation has been carried out.

The cost of the package is £425 

PLEASE NOTE: training session are scheduled for a Wednesday or Thursday between the hours of 9.30am-2.30pm

Gemma's Dog Training & Behaviour aim to help you help your dog. Whether its basic obedience or a complex behavioural problem Gemma can help.

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