How to Train Your Dog with Long Lines
While Animal Behavior College prepares people interested in animal careers by offering dog training classes, the school also excels at giving dog training tips to enhance pet owners’ training. It is one of the characteristics as the leading school for dog trainers that sets ABC apart nationally. Using a long line during training has many benefits. Below, ABC teaches you the uses of long line dog training.
What is a Long Line?
The long line is a 10 to 50-foot rope or leash with one end attached to a loop handle and the other to your dog’s collar. It’s typically made of nylon, but can be made from other rope material as well. In certain instances, it can be a chain. Most often, the long line is used with dogs already well trained and know general response cues. The long line creates an illusion of being off lead.
How Do You Use Long Lines?
Using the long line during dog training is simple. Below are some reasons to use the long line as well as instructions on how to use it properly.
- First, desensitize your dog to this length of line. One way to do this is to let your dog drag it around the house for up to half an hour at a time. Your dog trainer can provide additional desensitizing methods for you as well.
- Distance and distraction training is a basic reason to use the long line. It makes the dog feel he is free while you maintain a safety net that allows for further training.
- Using the long line method is a great way to teach the “come” cue and “stay” cue in a large outdoor environment. It helps control your dog while teaching the cues in environments where distance is part of the training. Dog parks and woodsy areas are common environments for these cues.
- Finally, make sure you do not use the long line as a tether or it will lose its effectiveness as a training tool.
Contact your professional dog trainer for additional cues as well as situations where long line training can be beneficial. ABC offers dog trainer courses where students learn a variety of dog training methods, including the long line technique.
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