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Dog Training - Polite Leash Walking Class

Got a dog that pulls you off your feet? Take this course to teach your dog polite loose-leash walking.
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Last updated 2/2013
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of the course, you will be familiar with all the techniques and exercises needed to train a dog to walk politely on leash.
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  • In addition to having a dog, you will need a range of food rewards/treats, a treat pouch, a clicker, and you may need to get a specific type of dog harness or head collar.

This course is designed to teach you how to train your dog to walk politely on a loose-leash. Many dogs pull when on leash, which makes walking both unpleasant, dangerous, and harmful for both the dog and their owner.

Included in this course are lectures and video demonstrations that cover topics such as why your dog pulls, what type of equipment we should use, and specific techniques and exercises to use as you train your dog.

Dogs that learn polite leash walking are a pleasure to take out, and as a result, they enjoy exercise, freedom, and socialization. This helps prevent both medical issues caused by lack of exercise, and behavior problems caused by not getting out for a daily walk.

This class teaches polite leash walking using positive reinforcement and force-free training.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any dog of any age that would benefit from improving their leash-walking skills.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 01:07:17
2 Lectures 11:58
This lecture answers questions such as:
  • Why is pulling on the leash harmful and dangerous?
  • Why do we want to teach our dogs to walk politely on a loose-leash? 
  • Why do dogs pull on the leash?
Preview 03:39

This lecture covers topics such as:

  • What equipment will you need?
  • What equipment should you avoid?
  • How do you use the equipment?

Preview 08:19
6 Lectures 17:20
This exercise is about teaching the dog to pay attention to you. This is the first step to teaching polite leash walking.
Exercise 1 - Attention Exercises

This exercise is about teaching the dog where the "sweet spot" is - to stay by your side.
Exercise 2 - Sweet Spot

This exercise helps teach the dog to counteract their natural opposition reflex.
Exercise 3 - Give to Pressure

This exercise (finger target) is used for getting your dog into position and past distractions.
Exercise 4 - Finger Target

This exercise helps you utilize direction changes to teach polite leash walking.
Exercise 5 - Change Directions

This exercise covers how to release your dog to "do what they want to do".
Exercise 6 - Release to Sniff
Fading Out Treats
1 Lecture 08:39
This lecture covers how we intelligently fade out the use of treats in training polite leash walking.
Fading Out Treats
1 Lecture 07:48
Common problems that students encounter are covered here. Examples include:

  • My dog won't eat treats
  • My dog won't walk
  • My dog can still pull me off my feet
  • My dog still pulls to the dog park

2 Lectures 21:32
This is ten minutes of outdoor training, where we provide a narrative over the exercises we are doing. This is designed to help show you what a first session with a dog that has a history of pulling should look like.
Appendix A: Training Outside

For students who are not familiar with clicker training, this video provides a foundation of knowledge for the rest of the course.
Appendix B: Learning Theory / Clicker Training 101
About the Instructor
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Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) is run by two talented dog trainers: Julie Posluns and Andre Yeu:

Julie Posluns is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), earned through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT). 

Her dogs, Tyson and Delilah, both have titles in Rally Obedience and Freestyle.

Julie owns and operates Rover Achiever, a successful dog walking company, and also has run the Tricks and Canine Freestyle programs at When Hounds Fly Dog Training, in Toronto Canada.

Julie is currently located in St. John's, Newfoundland, and is completing her Master's degree in Animal Behaviour at Memorial University.

Andre Yeu

Andre is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and a Truly Dog-Friendly Trainer. 

Andre owns and operates When Hounds Fly Dog Training, one of Toronto's most successful and popular dog training schools. Thousands of dogs (and their owners) have taken classes with him and his team of instructors.

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