Collar Grabs & Leashing Up

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Collar Grabs

At some point or another, you will have to grab your dog's collar or harness to keep them safe or remove them from something dangerous. It's not ideal, as we would prefer to rely on our dog's fabulous recall skills to keep them with you after you call and they come, but it's inevitable. 

Work through each level, one by one but don't get greedy! Only move on to the next level if your dog is happily anticipating the last one. 

  1. Reach toward your dog's neck (no contact!) and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  2. Touch your dog's neck quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  3. Touch your dog's neck with a little more gentle pressure and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  4. Loop one finger under your dog's collar and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  5. Loop two fingers under your dog's collar and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  6. Loop three fingers under your dog's collar and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  7. Loop four fingers under your dog's collar and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  8. Loop four fingers under your dog's collar and pull gently in one direction and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  9. Loop your fingers under your dog's collar and take one small step as you feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing
  10. Slowly build up the speed at which you are escorting them - make sure that you are gently guiding them and not dragging.

Leash-Up

Leash- Leashing up is a typical part of life and we want it to be a non-event, so let's work on that now! 

Work through each level, one by one but don't get greedy! Only move on to the next level if your dog is happily anticipating the last one. This can be done with a collar, harness, or head halter.

Hide the leash behind your back, looped a few times so it's not trailing on the ground. 

  1. Show the leash and quickly feed a treat. Hide the leash behind your back again as soon as they finish chewing. Repeat 4x. 
  2. Reach toward your dog's collar with the leash (no contact!) and quickly feed a treat. Hide the leash behind your back again as soon as they finish chewing. Repeat 4x. 
  3. Reach toward your dog's collar with the leash, touch it to the collar and quickly feed a treat. Hide the leash behind your back again as soon as they finish chewing. Repeat 4x. 
  4. Touch your dog's collar with the leash clasp and quickly feed a treat. Remove your hand as soon as they finish chewing. Repeat 4x. 
  5. Clip the leash onto your dog's collar and quickly feed a treat. Unclip the leash as soon as they finish chewing. Repeat 4x. 
  6. Clip the leash onto your dog's collar and encourage them to walk one or two steps with you in any direction. Quickly feed a treat. Unclip the leash as soon as they finish chewing. Repeat 4x. 

Caution: If at any point your dog's body stiffens, they show the whites of their eyes, back up, lower their body, growl, nip, or turn their head quickly toward your hand, back off and go back a few steps. This is your dog saying that they're uncomfortable with what you're doing and that they want you to stop. Always work at your dog's pace!

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