Here are a few pictures of me helping a friend with some dog training in Long Beach at Bluff Park. In these photos I am teaching the proper way to hold the leash. You can see in previous posts that I am trying to mainly use positive reinforcement with this dog. However, I still feel it’s important to learn how to handle the leash properly. I also think using some kind of a slip collar to prevent accidental escaping is important. Especially when working next to a busy road like Ocean, here we are using a traditional training collar. You may notice the collar is a bit too big for this dog. A limited slip would work just as well. a limited slip collar is sometimes called a martingale collar.
Holding the leash properly will improve your leash handling and timing. If you are primarily using food in the training the leash does seem to get in the way sometimes. In the beginning you can get around this problem by ignoring the leash when the dog is focused on the food. After you gain some proficiency in leash handling you can use the leash and food lures/rewards at the same time.
Dog Training at Bluff Park in Long Beach
dog training Long Beach
Dog Training Bluff Park Long Beach. Here we are chatting about the next step
Praise during a dog training session in Long Beach
A training dog in Long Beach at Bluff Park
Leash handling for effective dog training at Bluff Park in Long-Beach
Here is a video of the first time I did any training with a friend’s new pit bull rescue. We were at Dog Beach in Long Beach, California. While this dog is wearing a pinch collar I don’t like starting the training process with this type of collar. In this video I try to use the leash and collar as little as possible. I do this by keeping the leash as loose as possible.
I wasn’t planning on doing any dog training on this trip to the beach. You may have read the post on planning and dog training. If I had planned for this training session I would have been better prepared. In our daily lives we often find ourselves in a position to teach or train when an opportunity presents itself. I recommend that the novice dog owner/trainer avoid impromptu and unplanned training session until they have the skills to be successful in less than ideal conditions. These skills are a combination of training technique and theory combined with dog handling skills. Whenever engaging in an unplanned training session it’s still best to have some kind of a plan. So even though I was running very low on food rewards I still developed a plan. By having a strategy I was able to accomplish some control that can be built on later.
One plan would be to start working the dog and use the pinch collar to make corrections. I imagine this would work okay, it’s just not what I would prefer doing. Instead we let the dog run and burn off some excess energy and then we started training with what little food I did have with me. Even with a small amount of food rewards it’s still possible do some dog training without using corrections. I am not against using leash and collar correction, but I did feel it wasn’t the right thing to do with this dog.
Pitbull Running off energy at Dog beach before dog training
While working an active dog in a distracting environment is possible, it’s not ideal or necessarily easy. This is one reason for starting dog training in the dog’s home. Beginning the training in the dog’s home is especially helpful if you want to start the training process with softer techniques. After I worked at getting the dog to turn with me when it heard its name I began working on left circles. I saved a couple very small rewards to use at the end of the training session. One reward was for the last sit and one for an unforeseen event.