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Leash Walking

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, February 10, 2017, In : Video 


Henry is practicing the first steps of loose leash walking. He's wearing his new Freedom harness which makes it a lot easier on his body when he does pull. There is no pressure on his neck as there would be walking with the leash attached to the collar.

Harnesses do not teach your dog to walk politely but they do make it more comfortable for the dog as they learn to walk without pulling.

As with any skill, reinforcing your dog for what you want is key.







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Working on Leash Skills

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, In : Video 

Atticus likes to plop himself down on walks and not move so we are focusing on rewarding and praising  movement when we get it. and avoiding giving attention only when he's stopped.
Pace changes, feeding on the go vs stopping, using hand targeting are all things we incorporate into the walk. 
We also do short successful walks vs a long walk where he has the opportunity to plop down.



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Should Children Be Walking Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, April 14, 2016, In : Dogs and Children 



I don't know about you but one of the reasons I got a dog was to enjoy nice, leisurely walks. I would see people walking in the evening, strolling along, dog walking nicely beside their human.
Now  that I've had dogs for the past 14 years, I still see people strolling along after dinner with their dogs. I also see people being dragged along, dogs barking, lunging, jumping and otherwise behaving in a less than desired manner.

I live in a neighbourhood with lots of children, all ages and lots of ...
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Does Your Dog Sit at Street Corners?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Leash Walking 

I live in a place where we see snow, slush, ice, mud and rain. Many people like to teach their dog to sit and wait at street corners. I don't. 

I do teach my dog to stop when I stop. No sit required. I expect him to remain in balance until I've said "okay". The leash is slack and he is exhibiting self control, body balanced on 4 legs (not pulling). I will often let a few cars go by so my dog can practice waiting politely for the verbal release to continue forward.
 
If my dog chooses to...


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Why Isn't My Dog Tired After A Walk?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Leash Walking 

All dogs should be able to get out and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells available on a walk. Think of it as a smorgasbord of stimuli. It's awesome! It provides mental enrichment as your dog experiences his surroundings. Who was here? Who is coming?
One thing it does not provide is a  physically tiring outlet.

How many of you return from a walk, thinking your dog is pooped and will simply find a cosy spot and go to sleep? Only  to find he is running around looking for a toy, a game of fetch ...
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Puppy Tidbit - Leash Biting

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, In : Puppy Training 

This topic comes up on a regular basis so I thought I'd address it.
Often on walks puppies will "attack" your pants, ankles, feet or leash. Why do they do this? Because they are puppies and it's fun and you are a moving target, and you probably squeal :)  It's a very normal thing for a puppy to do.

There are a few ways to deal with this. First and foremost is to not yell at the puppy for doing this as you will only be contributing to an already aroused puppy.
If you are on a walk, stop ...


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Recall Basics (come command)

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, December 4, 2014, In : Dog Training 

Recall - everyone wants a good one. How do you get it? By teaching it in baby steps until you have a polished final product and continuing to practice for the duration of your dog’s life.

Begin with rewarding "automatic check ins".



What are they? Any time your dog voluntarily looks your way without prompting - indoors, then outdoors.
 

Next - choose a word other than "come" - which you can say in a happy voice (gentlemen, take note, discover your inner soft spot and try to avoid harsh...


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Leash Walking and Your Dog

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, In : Video 


There is so much written about the correct way you should walk your dog. What is the correct way? Is there a single correct way? Who defines what correct is?

If I were to subscribe to the view that in order to exert supreme leadership my dog needs to remain by my left leg at all times or my dog must walk behind me at all times, I’d be exhausted every time I took my dogs for a walk.

I view walks as an enjoyable experience for all of us (with the exception of below freezing in the winter mont...


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Aroused Puppies - training tidbit

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, In : Puppy Training 

This topic comes up on a regular basis so I thought I'd address it.

Often on walks or while walking in the house, puppies will "attack" your pants, ankles and feet. Why do they do this? Because they are puppies and it's fun and you are a moving target :)  It's a very normal thing for a puppy to do.

There are a few ways to deal with this. First and foremost is to not yell at the puppy for doing this as you will only be contributing to an already aroused puppy.
If you are on a walk, stop walking. ...

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Leash Walking Tip

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, March 10, 2014, In : Dog Training 

I like to think of a leash as a means to prevent the dog from running into the road or running away if a recall has not been fully trained.
Too often we rely on the leash and not on verbal cues or a trained behaviour of "follow me" when walking the dog. We pull them when we want to move on, change direction, avoid a puddle not jump on oncoming people and so much more.
I want my dogs to learn - hang around me for potential rewards (tug, chase toy or food) voluntarily vs go away from me because I...

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Training my Dog to "Follow Me" not Heel

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : Dog Training 


I can be a lazy dog owner sometimes, just like everyone else.

I’ve never taken the time to teach my Beardie how to walk politely when on leash. He walks well off leash so it’s never been a priority for me.  When I need to take him to a new area or think I need some control, I’ll put on his Sens-ible walking harness so he doesn’t pull while on a flat collar.
I’ve done what I’ll call “opportunistic training” which by my definition simply means I’ve reinforced him for position wh...

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Just a Little Blog about Dog Walking

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, October 13, 2013, In : Dog Training 

We all have different reasons for walking our dogs. Some of us see it as our own opportunity to exercise, others think of it as a chore that needs to be done and some of us look at it from the dog's point of view.
I think of it as an opportunity for my dogs to explore the ever changing smells, sights and sounds of the neighbourhood. They need to check mail (pee mail that is) and leave a message where necessary.
I try to approach each walk as their time, not mine. 
It can be challenging with two...
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Leash On / Leash Off

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, In : Dog Training 

From the very beginning, I have trained my Beardie the leash is not a bad thing - there is no difference to him whether it is on or off. Sometimes it's dragging, sometimes I'm holding it, sometimes it's off.  If I have to call him back to re-leash, it is always followed by a game of tug, a few ball tosses or a cookie. Sometimes all three!
I never want him to learn the leash is the end of good times. It doesn't take long for a dog to learn once the leash goes on, the fun stops. 
For us, the le...


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Leash Walking Mini Tip

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : Dog Training Tips 

In order to prevent the harsh jerking on your dog's collar when walking, make sure your leash arm is 'anchored', either by looping your thumb in your pants, keeping your hand in your pocket or ensuring your hand/arm remains fixed against your belly via an invisible hook :) If you want to make it very easy......use a hands free leash and never put your hands on it.

My default position is hand on my belly. I spend a lot of time with clients teaching them how to keep their hands from interfering ...
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Spring Dog Training!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Dog Training 
Try to keep training fun!  Spring is on the way, the snow is melting. Now is a great time to take your dog's skills on the road! This is a super easy way to work on skills. You can do it anywhere.
When out for walks with your dog, keep it interesting by using lamp posts or fire hydrants or every other driveway as a spot to stop and ask for a different behaviour. It's a great way to practice sit/ down/ target/ stay/ name/ mini recalls - the list is endless.
It's also a great way to teach your do...
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Puppy Training Impulse Control

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : Puppy Training 


The topic of impulse control has come up lately on a number of training groups I am part of.
This is something most people begin working on without even realizing it. What is one of the first things you do when you get your new puppy? You wait for him to sit before putting the food bowl down. That is teaching impulse control.
Any time you expect your dog or puppy to “hang on a sec” you are teaching impulse control. As your puppy progresses into and through adolescence, it becomes even more ...
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Learning Loose Leash Walking

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, SitStayLearn on Sunday, December 30, 2012, In : Video 

Taffie is 4 months old and practiced her loose leash walking in a very distracting off leash park environment today. She rocked her "come" when there were dogs running all around her and did awesome "leave it". She kept checking in with her person and responded beautifully to her name when other dogs got in her space! She even did some basic level sit/stays in that busy environment.
So proud today!
This is why I like to begin as soon as possible with new puppies. The sooner we can begin reinfor...
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Leash Walking Tips

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

Teaching your dog to walk politely on leash can be a very challenging process. When you look around you likely see most dogs pulling their people at a the end of a tight leash.There are a number of reasons that happens.  There are lots of great smells out there, they have 4 legs, we have 2 so they walk faster than we do, they are excited to be outside.

In addition, dogs have "Opposition Reflex" which means they pull against pressure. They pull to get to a great smell: you pull backwards,...


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Dog Ownership and Good Manners

Posted by SitStayLearn on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, In : Dog Training 

With all the hub bub in the papers the past month or so about dogs running off leash I thought I would put in my two cents.
For me, much of the controversy boils down to common sense and good manners. I think people have forgotten basic good manners.  
Have you noticed how often you may be at a check out counter and witness a customer chatting away on the cell while the cashier is cashing them out? I find that to be extremely rude. While I may not feel like engaging in conversation with every c...

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Stop and Smell the Roses With Your Dog

Posted by Janis Mikelberg; SitStayLearn on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Dog Training 

I don’t think there is anything that gives me more pleasure (family aside) than spending time just hanging with my dogs. Whether it’s taking them for a walk around the neighbourhood, driving to a park where they can run off leash, having them lie under my desk or beside me on the couch, as long as they are close by, I feel relaxed. I even go to Tim’s drive through for coffee when I don’t really want one, just so they can get out of the house, if I’m feeling too lazy for a walk.

When ...


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