The Long Line—Uses Described by ABC Dog Training Professionals
Long Line Dog Training Tips
Animal Behavior College prepares people interested in animal careers by offering dog training classes, but also excels at giving dog owners tips to enhance their dog’s training. It is one of the characteristics as a leading animal behavior source that sets ABC apart nationally. How to effectively use the long line is a topic having great benefits for dog owners. As such, teaching pet owners its uses is an example of ABC’s ongoing commitment to dog training.
The long line is a ten to fifty foot length of rope or leash with a loop handle on one end, and the other clipping to your dog’s collar. Typically, it is nylon but can be made from other rope material. In certain instances, it can be a chain. Most often the long line is used with dogs already well trained; dogs who know general response cues. The long line creates an illusion of being ‘off lead’.
Below are some reasons to use the long line, and instructions on how to use it in training.
- 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 a half 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 sets up the feeling for the dog that it 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 the ‘stay’ cue in a large outdoor environment. It accommodates controlling your dog while teaching the cues where distance is likely to be part of the environment where cues will be given. Dog parks, hikes in the woods, etc. are common environments for these cues.
- Contact your professional dog trainer for additional cues or situations long line training can be beneficial. Dog training classes offered through Animal Behavior College prepare professionals to assist in using the long line technique.
Finally, make sure you do not use the long line as a tether or it will lose its effectiveness as a training tool.