ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO ~~~~~ August 27, 2020 (LSN) Many dogs cannot be off-leash in open areas - the forest or busy parks are too distracting for them to be under voice control.
However, this does not mean that you should keep them on a leash at all times during training!
Always training on a leash will only make you rely more and more on that physical control. It is important to not just tighten up the leash when we want our dogs to stay close and focus on us - ideally, the dog’s connection to us should help us facilitate that.
Now - how do you train off-leash with a dog that needs to be on a leash? There are so many possibilities! You can of course start very easy in your own yard. Then move onto friends’ and family’s yards, fenced-in parks or parking lots. Once you start looking, you will find many options to safely practice off-leash focus.
Whenever you do your “safe off-leash training”, make sure to carry rewards that are really, really interesting for your dog, such as hotdogs, cheese, bologna or even small pieces of steak.
Practice regularly and you will soon find your dog’s focus increase!
||I am a dog trainer based in Albuquerque, NM. I strive to bring fresh approaches and positive methods to training that will let you and your dog enjoy training. I want owners and dogs to develop a relationship and be team mates.