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Leash Walking

Course Overview

Leash walking, the dreaded training task of nearly every new dog owner. This introductory leash walking course led by certified trainer and behavior consultant Alex Sessa will set you and your dog up with the basics, so your walk times can be a little less crazy!

Leash walking is a strange concept for a dog, because it means walking like a human – slowly, in a straight line, and not necessarily stopping to smell every single thing (though if that’s what you like, go for it). So, like a lot of dog training, this is really about teaching your dog the rules of this weird human world that they live in. We’ll start off slow in a controlled environment, and continually progress to outside, then advancing the training to include distractions that will truly put your training to the test.

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Course Details

Workshops:

3

Ages:

8 Weeks+

Completion Time:

3 Weeks

Training Time:

12 Weeks

Category:

General Training

Workshops

1
Where to Begin
2
Taking it Outdoors
3
Introducing Distractions
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Workshop #1

Where to Begin

What you'll learn:
Why your dog pulls on a leash, how your dog sees walks, and the best walk equipment

So where do we start? With leash walking, and with most other behaviors, understanding the context of why your dog does things like pulling on the leash is really important in understanding how to stop it. In this workshop, we’ll dive into a dog's brain to help us see the sidewalk from their point of view, and how we can use that knowledge to teach them to walk without pulling. Leash walking is also one of those skills that the tools you use really matter, so we’ll break down how to find the right equipment, fit it correctly, and then start using them in a controlled indoor setting.

Workshop #2

Taking it Outdoors

What you'll learn:
How to give your dog a fulfilling walk, and how to teach them what your preferred way of walking is

Now that we’ve got our equipment and the basic steps of how to teach your dog to walk with you on a leash indoors, we’re going to head outside! We’ll break down how to start outside and minimize distractions, and how to clearly communicate with your dog what happens when they pull, and what happens when they do what we want! We’ll also have an opportunity to dive deeper into some of the common issues faced by dog owners trying to teach their dog to walk on the leash.

Workshop #3

Introducing Distractions

What you'll learn:
How to introduce distractions to level up your walking, and how to calmly pass a distraction

Walks for dogs can be the most exciting parts of their day – so it’s incredibly distracting to be walking outside with so many things to sniff, lick, and bark at! In this workshop, we'll purposely introduce distractions so you can have a controlled setting for training your dog to ignore them now, so they ignore the ones that aren’t purposeful down the road. We’ll then break down step by step how you can pass distractions like another person, an object, or a dog, in a way that won’t have you tangled in the leash or yelling for your dog to come back.

Frequently Asked Questions -

Leash Walking

I’ve already been walking my dog on a leash outside, am I too late?
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