One of my hesitation for trying to leash train Brut better (heel and loose leash) is that I don't want to give up those times when he needs to lead me. I also have wavered because there are times that Brut and I need to just walk, regardless of how. It hit me while we were doing our first training session, that I could give him a command that lets him walk like we always have. I use this as a reward after training and it has worked out great. It takes the pressure off my conscious of trying to change everything at once and also allows me the wiggle room that I need. It is so great to have such a freedom.
One of the mental blocks I've had about leash training Brut is the constraint of never being able to go for a regular walk until we are through training. The thought of walking up and down the road over and over until he learns was almost mind numbing. If I can't do it, Brut can't do it. This "free" walk has opened countless doors of possibilities because it isn't just a reward for Brut, but for me as well.
And that my friends is a blessing for both of us!!
Ready whenever you are Mom!!
That is, in fact, a great way to reward both of you! I'm glad that you've figured it out, and I'm sure Brut will too.
It's amazing how they know how to poke at us, isn't it?
We are so happy for you that the two of you get to have FREE walk time!!! Happy Friday! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug
Enjoy your free walk time with Brut. I am sure it is very special to both of you.
Your pal, Pip
Free-time during walks are very important to us as well. I feel that's when we both get the most enjoyment out of our walks and giving them more free time has resulted in more consistent loose leash walking, even though it's not in the heel position per se.
Sounds like you've come up with a great way to get everything you need from your works with Brut.
I do something similar with Honey. I tell her "with me" when I need her to stay near me and pay attention. Afterwards I tell her, "go sniff" which means she can meander and pay attention to whatever she wants.
Hope you're starting to feel better.
I'm glad that you've figured out a way to do your training and do what you and Brut love too!
What a fabulous idea! I may do something similar with my own dogs... they love to sniff and drive me crazy dragging me down the sidewalk sometimes. I've been working on having them stick closer to me than that, but I feel guilty because it so clearly ruins some of the fun for them both.
It sure is nice when things work out well like this, huh? I'm so glad you've worked out a workable system :)
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