Tag Archives: leash

Heel Position and Hand Placement for Teaching Dog Sit With Leash Video

Proper Heel Position
Proper Heel Position

We start the video by going over what the proper Heel position should look like. Placing your dog into a sit with the leash will be easier when your dog is heeling properly position. you will also have better overall control When your dog is walking on a loose leash and staying by your side.

Proper Hand Position Sit at least it is in the right area, if the dog resists use you whole palm and spread out the fingers
Proper Hand Position Sit, at least it is in the right area, if the dog resists use you whole palm and spread out the fingers

The Safe Way to Place Your Dog Into a Sit Without Causing Injuries

We then go over how to do a safe sit using the leash and collar. The safe way to place your dog into a sit involves the proper use of the left hand in placing the dog into a Sit. This dog and its owners have already had several training lessons so I don’t need to go over body positioning and/or foot work. One reason a person may want to place their dog into a sit is that food wasn’t used properly in the early stages of training. Another reason for a crooked sit is a dog that wants to do something other than a straight sit. The later is the case with this dog, it wants to chase flying geese.

A crooked sit isn’t terribly bad in itself, but it does put the dog out of position for other training exercises. When the dog is out of position it also makes controlling the dog more difficult. This is easier to see once you understand how the eight position of movement affect your dog’s behavior. Again I want to emphasize the main reason most dogs sit crooked or out of position sit is they were trained improperly using food. I am not against using food reward in training. However, even training with treats needs to be done properly for the best results.

In the video I also touch on the tradition method of placing a dog into the Sit. The traditional dog training method does work and it should not be ruled out completely. However, I find a gentler approach more useful for the average dog. The method of placement I prefer tends to take a lot of stress and strain off the dog’s skeletal structure, and it works with the majority of dogs.

There are some placement methods that should be avoided by novice handlers. One of these methods is pushing the dog into a sit toward the middle of the spine. I will point this out in the video. Pushing the dog into a sit too far forward should be avoided because it could injure your dog.

Toward the end the dog’s owners give a brief description of the dog’s behavior during this training lesson. This part of the video will be of interest to anyone who would like to participate in one of my dog training programs.

If your parents have an out of control dog show them this video. Or you might have a friends who’s dog could use better manners, share this with them, they will thank you for it.

Wishing you the best in dogs and in life,

Andrew Ledford
So Cal Dog training

Pitbull dog training at the 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

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.

Dog Training Dog Beach Long Beach CA the last sit

Dog Training in Long Beach CA. at Dog Beach After the training sessions last sit