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Dog Off Leash Dog Training - Train Your Dog Or Puppy Not To Run Away

In this department you will find a collection of articles and resources on off leash dog training.  Information here includes: Advanced Off Leash Training, My dog runs from me, and much more.

Off leash dog training is-- at it's beginning stages-- really a mind game that you play with your dog.

The first step is to let your dog drag a long line, anytime you're outside or in a setting where you will want your dog to respond reliably, off leash.

Your long line should be long enough that if your dog should decide to run off, you can easily step on the long line and teach him that he needs to come when you call him. We do repetitions by making the dog come, with the long line.


There are three phases to this training:

1. The teaching phase, when we teach your dog what 'come' means.

2. The reinforcement phase: When the exercise gets drummed into your dog's brian through repetition. This ensures that your dog completely understands the command and begins the process of building a conditioned response.

3. The proofing phase: When we work the dog around a variety of different distractions and in several different types of environments. The next phase is to transition to the tab (a one foot leash).

Once your dog has learned that he cannot run away from you, you're ready to transition to the tab. This will allow you to walk to your dog and correct him. For example, if you tell him, "Down" at a distance, you will use the tab after you walk to your dog and correct him into the down position.




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Read more of my off leash dog training articles:

Here's Why Off Leash Dog Training Is Like Playing a Jedi-Mind Trick On Your Dog
By Adam G. Katz
The first phase of off leash dog training involves playing a mind-trick on your dog. Here's how to train your dog to respond, off leash and work towards a conditioned response. . . . keep reading
Come On Command: Some Advanced Theories On Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called
By Adam G. Katz
[Adam's note: Remember, the difference between using food as a bribe versus using food as a motivator: As a bribe, you're bribing the dog to do the behavior, and if he does... then he'l . . . keep reading
Come On Command: Dog Training Videos For Training Your Dog To Come, Every Time!
By Adam G. Katz
Streaming Flash Dog Training Videos: How To Teach Your Dog To Come (Every Time You Call Him!) A series of eight full color dog training videos you've gotta see, if you want to get your dog to come every time you call. . . . keep reading
Dog Will Not Respond When Off Leash
By Adam G. Katz
My problem is that my dog lags and responds sluggishly to obedience work when not on leash. He is a 4 1/2 year old 155 lb. Newfoundland. He does not have a dominant . . . keep reading
Off Leash Dog Training - Figuring Out What You Want To Achieve With Your Dog Training Skill
By Adam G. Katz
Imagine being able to take your dog to a park or playground... off-leash... and know without the shadow of a doubt that he won't run away. And that he will listen to every command! . . . keep reading
Revealed: Long Line Techniques For Off-Leash Dog Training
By Adam G. Katz
The long line, or better known to horse people as the "lunge line", is the intermediary step between the six foot training leash and the tab (sometimes referred to as the "handle," a one foot leash worn by the dog . . . keep reading
My Dog Runs From Me... What Should I Do?
By Adam G. Katz
The short answer is that every time you take her out in what would be an "off-leash setting," she needs to wear . . . keep reading
How To Train Your Dog To "Retrieve"
By Adam G. Katz
Ever dreamed of having a dog who can carry things for you? This article explains one dog training approach to the introduction of teaching what's commonly called the "forced retrieve" . . . keep reading
Dog Too Spoiled to Walk on Leash
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