07-21-2016, 10:58 AM
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Using the long line should be done so the only time there is any pressure on the line is when the dog has failed after the first commanded recall and do not wait. Using leash pressure on the long line should be more of a directing force and if your dog exhibits opposition reflex than you need to train the dog to understand that moving toward the leash pressure is the desired response. Also, the moment the dog moves in the desired direction, all leash pressure ceases as long as the dog is headed into you along with your verbal praise and some excitement. Remember, every time the dog comes to you, it's a jackpot for the dog. Practice it inside off leash at odd times. Too many people rely on a recall or command it when the dog is distracted or getting too far out and the dog fails. The recall should be used everyday for most everything and at times for nothing at all BUT every time the dog obeys, it's a predictable result for the dog and the result is your praise and reward.
Heck yeah reward the dog when warranted while using the long line. I would suggest that if you know of a better reward which involves the two you interacting rather than a food reward, you might be better served over the long haul.