Dog Problems: Come – Using a Long Lead

Part of: The Most Common Dog Problems.

The rewards the environment provides an off lead dog – scent trails and interactions with other dogs are often too great to be countered with a small food treat.  Long lines are recommended throughout the world as an intermediate step between on lead training and off-lead freedom.  A long line sets you and your dog up for success by teaching him that  ‘come’  is not optional, but is in fact the  best way to get permission  to explore and play again. 

A long line gives you the confidence to allow your dog greater freedom without the risk of running away, getting lost or being hit by a car – however as with any training device you need to use caution. 

  • Attach the light line to a flat collar (not a head halter or choke chain)
  • Initially, use a light line in an area free of distractions and multiple dogs.  In high congestion areas a long line may not be suitable.
  • Avoid tangling the lead around the legs of people or dogs. 
  • Wear sensible shoes.
  • Do NOT wrap the line around your hands or any other part of your body.
  • If your dog is particularly strong or fast you may like to wear gardening gloves.
  • As your dog becomes more reliable, you may prefer to allow the line to drag rather than holding the end.
  • Supervise your dog and his interactions with others at all times.

Our long lines are made of strong, water and dirt resistant material.  We have purposely not included a looped handle to reduce the chance of the line catching on an object or animal.  Attached to a harness, they are ideal for walking dogs in the bush or other open areas where you may want to give them greater freedom while maintaining control.

Related: Obedience 101 | Stop your dog pulling on the lead | Lead training for puppies

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