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Old 02-09-2018, 01:55 PM
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My philosophy is that a leash is an emergency chord for what the dog is not trained for. It sounds like the lab is above her threshhold for what she was trained for LLW. I honestly do my leash training with no leash at first then attach a leash then start at the very beginning INSIDE. Adding in controlled distractions etc. Throughout the training inside, the dog learns what Leash pressure is and that becomes the cue to stay close to the handler.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:36 AM
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Be careful with a long line, when I first got my dog and he had no training or manners yet and was a confirmed escape artist, I tried a long line. Big mistake! He took off as fast as he could and just kept going and wouldn't stop. I think I probably had nerve damage on my hands plus nasty gashes, rope burn type, trying to hold on to a determined 70+ pound racing dog. And I've been training thousand pound horses for over twenty years so am fairly strong.
I don't remember if I eventually let go or not but that was my one and only time using a long line on him! Actually it was twice. First time was in an enclosed arena with a harness, with one move he immediately found a door and managed to open the door and slip out if the harness in one move in under thirty seconds and take off. Next time was double clipped to martingale collar and unescapable harness in field. Painful disaster.
If your dog is that excitable, definitely train inside first til he's good and reliable then move to calm areas with few distractions next.
But I learned the hard way that you really have no control of a large strong dog, especially a confirmed puller, with a long line, and can easily get very hurt.
My dog's awesome now and walks loose or on a loose leash 99 percent of the time and needs few reminders. Treats and stopping and making him come back and sit when he pulls ahead work wonders with him, even with what used to be huge out of control distractions that used to make him freak out like other dogs to meet or any other animal to meet or even better chase. No more!!! And he also had a rough start with no training or socialization and several homes and I had to start everything myself.
So it can be done!
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