Loose Leash Walking Made Simple is not about teaching dogs to walk on a 100% slack leash. It's about teaching dogs to respond to the tactile experience of leash pressure the moment it occurs instead of pulling steadily on the leash.
About This Class: 40 lessons with concise, easy-to-follow descriptions, narrated videos, and an abundance of training tips and trouble shooting.
What you need to get started: A flat collar, a six foot leash, and a front door ;) because the best place to begin teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash is out your front door. This convenient location makes it easy to keep sessions super short and gradually increase the time and distance in small increments to optimize learning.
How this class came to be: In 2020, My Border Collie had orthopedic surgery and was restricted to leashed walks for many months. To keep us both sane, I started experimenting with different ways to make heeling as fun as possible on our increasingly long walks. This led to the development of my online class: "Channel Heeling: A Fast and Fun Way to Teach your Dog to Heel.” The techniques I developed for that class provided me with a huge insight about why I couldn’t teach my otherwise biddable dog to walk on a loose leash unless he was focusing on me or heeling.
The first thing I had to do was change the way I was thinking about loose leash walking from being a duration behavior I needed to train my dog to do to a split second trick that would be cued by the leash itself, rather than by me. The techniques I share in this class will take you on the step by step journey I embarked on with my dog that led to us both being able to take in the world around us while maintaining a light connection through a loose leash.
In this class, you’ll learn the skills necessary to transform your dog’s leash from a source of conflict into a telephone line with communication flowing equally in both directions. This class exemplifies OCEAN style dog training from the inside out and how simple actions produce astonishing outcomes when you know what simple actions you need to take to get those astonishing outcomes to happen!
As is the case with most training methods, the dog’s job is easy and the handler’s job is more complex. I sincerely hope you enjoy working through this program with your dog as much as I enjoyed developing it with my dog. -Dev Sperber
Loose Leash Walking Made Simple is one of many OCEAN Specialty Classes available for Free to OCEAN Members. As an OCEAN Member you also have unlimited access to personalized coaching, feedback on videos, course analysis, access to monthly live Q&As, a private Facebook group and more. If you have not already set up a free account on www.OCEAN4Dogs.com, click on the link, enter your name and email address to learn more about OCEAN and to view membership options that start as low as $24 per month.
Have a question? Contact Dev@ocean4dogs.com