Loose Leash Walking

Cue: Loose leash is a gravity rule. Walking at my left side is on verbal cue "with me."

Description: Whenever on leash, dog will avoid tension in the leash. On cue, dog will walk on my left side, no tension in the lead.


  • Behavior specifics: "No tension" means the fastener on the end of the lead will hang perbendicular to the ground.
  • Duration: No limit.
  • Latency: Immediate.
  • Position: When walking dog will be at my left side, close enough that the leash can hang loosely.
  • Locations: Everywhere.
  • Distractions: Anything and everything. Especially distractions common in a dog show or performance environment.

Training Plan: (Accomplish each level in multiple locations of gradually increasing distractions.)

  1. Handler stays in one spot and dog keeps leash loose for one minute.
  2. Dog keeps leash loose in presence of one distraction.
  3. Dog keeps leash loose for 40 feet.
  4. Add one distraction.
  5. Loose leash for 80 feet through milling dogs.
  6. Loose leash up a crowded hallway.
  7. Get out of car, through a building, and into class on a loose leash.


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