Loose Leash Walking – Layer 2

Objective:  To continue to build value for being beside you and for moving with you

Videos:

Optional Video:  POLITE WALKING w/High Rate of Reinforcement

Step by Step Instruction: Comments
Walking your dog on your left side
Start with your dog on leash and facing you.  Count out 5 treats depending on what you can comfortably hold in your hand and hold them in your leash hand (right hand) Focus Point is:  Treat Hand Still
Options:  If you cannot comfortably hold several treats in your hand along with the leash, use a food tube with lickable food to present for a quick lick as the treat. For a small dog, use a long-handled wooden spoon with something lickable on it for a quick lick as his treat.
Say ‘Let’s Go’ and take one step back.  When your dog steps toward you, mark with a ‘Yes’, transfer the treat to your left hand, touch your hip and give your dog the treat.
Repeat the above 4 more times.  Stay at the above step until your dog is easily moving with you.
With your dog facing you, say ‘Let’s go’ and take two steps back.  The leash may straighten out.  Wait for your dog to step forward and mark the forward movement with a ’Yes’, transfer the treat to your left hand, touch your hip and give your dog the treat.
Repeat four more times. Stay at the above step until your dog is easily moving with you.
Say ‘Let’s Go’ and take three step back.  As your dog steps forward, mark with a ‘Yes’, transfer the treat to your left hand, touch your hip and give your dog the treat. If the leash straightens; wait for your dog to step forward.  Mark the forward movement with a ‘Yes’ and treat.
Repeat four more times.  Stay at this step until your dog is easily moving with you as you take three steps back.
Now say ‘Let’s Go’ and take three steps back.  After the third step, put the treat in your left hand, touch your hip and pivot clockwise so that your dog is on your left side and you are both facing forward.  Give your dog the treat.
Give your dog 4 more treats in this position
Pivot counter clockwise so that you are once again facing your dog.
Pause for one or two seconds.
1.       Say ‘Let’s Go’ and take three step back.  As your dog steps forward, mark with a ‘Yes’
2.      Put the treat in your left hand, touch your hip and pivot clockwise so that your dog is on your left side and you are both facing forward.  Give your dog the treat.
3.      Give your dog 4 more treats in this position
4.      Pivot counter clockwise so that you are once again facing your dog.
5.      Pause for one or two seconds.
Continue to repeat the above five steps for another 4 repetitions. This allows the dog to continue to receive a high rate of reinforcement and keeps his anticipation high as we continue to build the value for moving with you.
If you are finished training, say ‘all done’.  If you are going to keep training, take a break and give praise or play with your dog before continuing with the training session.
Note:  By starting Loose Leash Walking with your dog facing you, he has no need to pull. It is important to set your dog up for success by practicing this in a location that has the least number of tempting distractions!
When to Advance
When your dog is easily following you as you step back and pivot forward.

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Step by Step Instructions Comments
Walking your dog on your right side
Start with your dog on leash and facing you.  Count out 5 treats depending on what you can comfortably hold in your hand and hold them in your leash hand (left hand) Focus Point is:  Treat Hand Still
Options:  If you cannot comfortably hold several treats in your hand along with the leash, use a food tube with lickable food to present for a quick lick as the treat. For a small dog, use a long-handled wooden spoon with something lickable on it for a quick lick as his treat.
Say ‘Let’s Go’ and take one step back.  When your dog steps toward you, mark with a ‘Yes’, transfer the treat to your right hand, touch your hip and give your dog the treat.
Repeat the above 4 more times.  Stay at the above step until your dog is easily moving with you.
With your dog facing you, say ‘Let’s go’ and take two steps back.  The leash may straighten out.  Wait for your dog to step forward and mark the forward movement with a ’Yes’, transfer the treat to your right hand, touch your hip and give your dog the treat.
Repeat four more times. Stay at the above step until your dog is easily moving with you.
Say ‘Let’s Go’ and take three step back.  As your dog steps forward, mark with a ‘Yes’, transfer the treat to your right hand, touch your hip and give your dog the treat. If the leash straightens; wait for your dog to step forward.  Mark the forward movement with a ‘Yes’ and treat.
Repeat four more times.  Stay at this step until your dog is easily moving with you as you take three steps back.
Now say ‘Let’s Go’ and take three steps back.  After the third step, put the treat in your right hand, touch your hip and pivot counter clockwise so that your dog is on your right side and you are both facing forward.  Give your dog the treat.
Give your dog 4 more treats in this position
Pivot clockwise so that you are once again facing your dog.
Pause for one or two seconds.
1.      Say ‘Let’s Go’ and take three step back.  As your dog steps forward, mark with a ‘Yes’
2.      Put the treat in your right hand, touch your hip and pivot counter clockwise so that your dog is on your right side and you are both facing forward.  Give your dog the treat.
3.      Give your dog 4 more treats in this position
4.      Pivot clockwise so that you are once again facing your dog.
5.      Pause for one or two seconds.
Continue to repeat the above three steps for another 4 repetitions. This allows the dog to continue to receive a high rate of reinforcement and keeps his anticipation high as we continue to build the value for moving with you.
If you are finished training, say ‘all done’.  If you are going to keep training, take a break and give praise or play with your dog before continuing with the training session.
Note:  By starting Loose Leash Walking with your dog facing you, he has no need to pull. It is important to set your dog up for success by practicing this in a location that has the least number of tempting distractions!
When to Advance  
When your dog is easily following you as you step back and pivot forward.
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