Leash Walking Dog Training – Intermediate Skills – Professional Dog Training Tips


– In this video, I’m gonna take you inside one of our intermediate
dog training classes and this is a skill that I struggled with. I really needed this exercise when I was training my first dog, Deegan, to walk on a loose leash. She was constantly cutting in front of me. She got it most of the time. She was doing a pretty good job but, where’d we struggle
is when she’d be distracted on the side and she’d cut in front of me. When I worked on this skill
it made a huge difference in my training and it’s
something that I always remember. Now, when we were talking about what Kayla’s gonna be teaching last night in our classes, I thought, this is perfect for you, who, you guys seem to really
enjoy our leash walking videos. So, if you have a dog who’s just beginning their leash walking training, I’ll drop a link in the description below for some of the foundational stuff. But, for those of you who
are at an intermediate level, where your dog’s getting
it most of the time, this is exactly the kind of
thing you need to be working on. And I want you to pay attention because Kayla gives some
really great information near the end of the video about how to progress to
that off leash scenario. If you have aspirations of being able to allow your dog to walk
off leash or drag a leash, then this is the kind of stuff that’s really gonna help
you to be successful. I’m Ken Steepe, and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (bark) – I wanna show you an exercise that you can actually do with your dog to teach your dog to kind of rock back and stay out of your side. Now, this is something I’ve
had to do a lot with this dog, not so much that he’s
cutting me off to be bratty. He just thinks that
everywhere you go in life should be done mach 10
with your hair on fire, like as fast as you possibly can. So, I had a lot of problems
when I was walking, with him sort of walking
slightly in front of me. Sometimes, he wants to turn around and like, walk backwards
and stare at my face which is not a nice way to
go for a walk with the dog. So, one of the things
that I’ll do with him is I practice a lot of
left turned squares. So, I walk in a square pattern but I only turn to the left or I walk in a circle and
I only go to the left. And what happens here
is that the dog needs to stay on the left-hand side and when I turn into him, there are two options,
you either cut me off or, you back up out of my way and I have a chance to reward you. So, okay, he knows how to do this because I had to do this a lot with him, especially when he was younger. So, I’m just gonna show
you what it looks like and then maybe my demo
dog will help me out and be my demo dog, do you think? Okay, yeah. He’s worked good for me in the past. So, I’m gonna have him sit at my side and I’m just gonna tell him, let’s go. Good boy, get back. That’s it, good. And I’m just, get back. That’s it, yay. Good boy, get back. Yeah, that was a good one. So see how he’s sort of
moving out of my way? Get back. Yes, good boy. Get back. Yay! Good for you. So, when you first do this, you’re gonna find it doesn’t
look quite as easy as that. Now I’ve put this on a command for my dog. I tell him get back. You can say whatever you want but that way if I’m walking and he starts to get a bit a head of me, hey, get back, get back. Yes, it helps him just to sort of back off away from me a little bit. Okay, I’m gonna use Baxter for a second because hopefully, he
doesn’t know what’s happening and he’ll make a more, okay, lie down, a more normal response
from a dog that knows Hi Baxey. Come here my love. I know, do you remember us
playing our games together? Oh, oh, oh, okay. Get in, sit. Slam’s very jealous. Okay, so, I have a little
bit of food in my hand to help him here. I’m gonna gather my leash up and I’m gonna tell him let’s go and I’m gonna just start with doing some big circles to the left. And as I tell him, “Get back”, there’s two ways that I can help him. Number one, I can use a
bit of food on his nose. Number two, is I can
have my leash gathered up a little bit more, and
if he starts to barge in front of me, I’m
gonna take my left hand and I’m just gonna bump him back, oh, yes, look at that, back behind me. So do you see how responsive
he was even just to that. He actually scooted back in his sit when he felt that on his leash. That was a very smart dog. Okay, I’m actually not gonna hold food because I wanna make it a little harder. Okay, Bax, let’s go. Good boy, I’m gonna try moving into him. Oops, get back, good. Get back, good boy. Oops, get back. Good, let’s go. Good boy. Get back. Yes, that was pretty good. Let’s go, and turn into him, let’s go. Yes! Good. Let’s go, good. Oops, get back. That’s it. Get back. Good boy! There. Good, get back. Yes, good. Okay, ready, here. Yay! Good for you. So, sometimes you feel a little bit dizzy as you’re moving ’cause
you’re going in a circle, but what’s nice about this is that the dog really
learns to settle in. Did you see as I kept going, he started to give me a
little bit more eye contact. Okay, okay. A little bit more attention. You know, the corrections when
you do this are not strong. They’re very gentle. They’re sort of a bop on the
leash to get the dog back and a big thing that I’m using to help him is the turning of my shoulder. So, as I say let’s go and I go to move, rocking that shoulder back to
help him get out of the way and if I need to, putting
my left hand on the leash to guide him into position. Once he’s walking at my side though, you’ll notice my left
hand came off the leash. I don’t hold the dog
as we’re going around. I use the leash and then
I make it loose again. Oh yes. So I have an opportunity to reward him for paying into me. Okay. That was such a good boy. So, let’s go ahead and give this a try. Let’s see. I wonder if we should just
try one side at a time. Only because you’re gonna be
walking with your heads down, all walking in the same direction, so you don’t bop into one another. So, let’s just let him settle in with you. Let’s work this side first. Come on baby. Such a good dog. Okay, have your dogs get in a sit. You might need to spread around just so you don’t bonk into one another. And I want you just to
work nice big circles only to the left guys. No sits for this one. Just, let’s go walking. So go ahead and play around with it. Tell ’em let’s go. Yup, good Em. Gather your leash up a bit more so it’s not between his legs but your leash correction
was absolutely perfect. Good Cheryl. Good. Turning to the left. Keep turning into the left. And if your dog moves out of the way. Yes, Timmy, what a good boy. Good, and turn it. So, Cheryl, I would use your leash there. And then try to turn
only to the left, hun. Yeah, only to the left. Good, Ron, that looks great. Good. Yup, keep turning to the left. Yes, good Em. Did you see that? Yes, that was a good dog. Okay, you guys look great. Work your walking right
back to your chairs. It was excellent. Let’s give the three of you guys a try. You can go ahead, get your dog sitting. That was really good, guys. It’s weird to only go to the left, I know. But, just, we’re gonna see if the dogs will settle in behind us. So when you’re ready, come
out, circle to the left, square to the left, whichever you’d like. Give it a try. Leash is in the right, but
if you need to bop him back with your left hand on the
leash, you can do that. And then once he’s there, Jay, you can take your left hand off. There. Yes, good boy. Let’s go, good. Good, Jen, put the
leash in your right hand and use the left hand
on the leash to adjust. There you go. Yeah, perfect. And then you can take your left hand off ’cause he is absolutely amazing right now. Good dog. Yup, pick up the pace. He’s doing awesome. Yup, turn into him. Good. And then take your left hand off if he’s doing it right. Yes, good. Good boy. Good Jen. Nice. Super. Okay, you guys stay out there for a second and have your dogs sit. If the opposite happens. If you’re walking and
your dog starts to cut in front of you, I told you what to do. But another thing I just saw is when you’re walking, sometimes the dogs are starting to drift away. So, if that starts to happen, and I’m walking and more and more space is coming between my dog and I, I’m just gonna step in and say, “Hey, let’s go.” And I’m actually gonna give a touch and then I’m gonna move the opposite way and as my dog responds to that and she starts to move
back into my side, yes. And then I can reward. Try not to be so, sort of tentative. Just get on it, move away from them and that usually sucks them
right back in towards you again. Okay. So let’s switch groups. If you were walking,
you’re gonna hang out. If you were sitting and waiting, you guys are gonna walk all over now. Try to drag your leashes if you can and again, I want you to
focus on your dog’s movement. Help them to know where
you want them to go by getting in there. Touch, voice, all that stuff. Okay, go ahead guys. Wait. Let’s go. Good. And Em I gonna have you
just work your sit there for a sec, hon. That’s okay. Let’s go, that’s it. Good Jen. Good. Okay, let’s go. There she is. Now reward her, yes. That’s better, good girl. Keep your pace up guys,
walk like you’re in charge. That’s it. Let’s go. There, now reward. There we go, Hum, good boy. I know it’s much harder to
have the leash on the floor. We have to really work a little bit more but what happens, I find, when we do this is it teaches you to be better about reading your dog’s body language and what they’re thinking about. Sometimes when the leash is in our hand, we have that sort of sense of security and we’re not as engaged or as aware of what our dogs are thinking about. When the leash is on the floor, we tend to get a little bit more aware but, then unfortunately, what also happens is we tend to sort of get more nervous and that shows in our body language. And that’s sort of why I kept saying, “Come on, stride right out” because a lot of you, sort of, your walking sort of
started to become like this and you absolutely don’t do that when the leash is in your hand. You guys all walk like
really quite confidently. That will make a big change
in your dog’s decisions as to whether they wanna listen or not. If you’re sort of
looking a bit wishy washy and tentative in your control, your dog’s gonna say,
“Huh, you don’t think you “have control over me, so
I’m gonna do my own thing”. So you really have to
walk with more confidence. – If you still feel like
you’re still struggling to teach your dog to
walk on a loose leash, make sure you check out
that video right there. It’s the five reasons that your leash walking
training isn’t working. If this your first time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every week to help you to have a well behaved four legged family member. On that note, I’m Ken, happy training.

6 thoughts on “Leash Walking Dog Training – Intermediate Skills – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • Still looking for more tips on teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash. Here’s a playlist I have put together just for you: Train Your Dog To Walk On A Leash https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BBgLulherlmpCxG260zdtTubig8aS2K

    Hope you enjoyed the intermediate walking training. Thanks for watching ~Ken

  • I need Kayl to tell me “YASSS!!!” the way she does to the dogs during my tough parenting moments so I can feel like I’m conquering the world. 😂 🙌🏼👏🏼🙌🏼

  • No one else noticed the door…? Its so beautiful i absolutely love it…and so original.

    Ive actually saved this so i can reference it.

    Yes, my girl is doing so great but she about to trip us both up. Shes a total zig zagger lol 😂

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