Loose Leash Walking – Layer 3

Objective:   To continue to build value for being beside you

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Step by Step Instructions Comments
Warm up with the 2nd Layer  
After the pivot, take one step forward.  Your dog should move with you.  Mark with a ‘Yes’ and give your dog a treat at your pant seam.  

Focus Point is:  Touch hip

Practice with and without the leash.  If using a leash, it should stay in the shape of a ‘J’ as you step forward
Every now and again, stop and give 5 treats (one at a time) at your pant seam.
Continue to take one step forward, marking each step with a yes and feeding a treat at your pant seam
Repeat the above.

Gradually increase the number of steps forward before marking with a ‘Yes’.

Once you are taking 5 steps forward and the leash stays in the shape of a ‘J’, we will test the value

Remember to sometimes make it easier

  • 1 step, mark with a ‘Yes’, treat
  • 2 steps, mark with a ‘Yes’, treat
  • 2 steps, mark with a ‘Yes’, treat
  • 1 step, mark with a ‘Yes’, treat
  • 3 steps, mark with a ‘Yes’, treat
Practice the first three layers around the house and when you are out walking.  When you are out on your walk, attach your leash to your dog’s harness when you are not practicing.  When you want to practice, attached the leash to your dog’s collar.  Practice for 2 – 3 minutes.  Say ‘all done’ and transfer the leash back to your dog’s harness.
IMPORTANT:  Don’t be in a rush with the first 3 layers.  Spend lots of time when you are out on your walks practicing these steps.  The time you spend building value for being beside you will pay dividends in years of pleasant leash walks.
Test the Value  
Toss a treat to move your dog away from you.  When your dog comes back to you where does he stand?  If he stands beside you facing forward, congratulations, you have built excellent value for the ‘beside you’ position.  If he doesn’t, continue to work on Layers 1-3
When to Advance When your dog comes back and stands beside you
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