How to Tug with Dog on Leash – Bad Dog Agility Academy

How to Tug with Dog on Leash

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  • says:

    I would like to see a demo of how to use a martingale tug a leash or at least an explanation of how to modify this demo. Asking again with the notification box checked.

  • says:

    I would like to see a demo of how to use a martingale tug a leash or at least an explanation of how to modify this demo.

  • says:

    Why doesn’t she go after the leash when you throw it?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      First off, in this video she has been put in her stand stay, so she shouldn’t release until cued.

      On top of that, she shouldn’t go for the toy unless given the “get it” cue.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Some dogs will, in fact, at this dog’s first trial (red merle in the video), after I released her to the first obstacle (a tunnel) she went STRAIGHT FOR HER LEASH and brought it to me and kept bringing it to me, trying to get me to tug with her!

      So this has to be trained in many dogs, it’s easiest with an assistant and a second toy. I tug with leash or first toy into ring, set the dog up, toss the leash or first toy aside to where an assistant can stand near it and cover it or pick it up before the dog gets there. Then I do the obstacle or sequence, and reward with the second toy on me.

      The intermediate step is to send the dog to the thrown leash/toy after the obstacle or sequence.

      The advance step is keeping the dog with you while you ask for several behaviors en route to the leash/thrown toy.

  • Ed Minar says:

    I have a rope slip lead on which the collar-part is a Martingale. The moving parts are flexible plastic not metal for safety. A little awkward, but I like not having to worry about the snap.

  • Drfasttalk says:

    My Icie puppy loves to carry and tug the leash while walking. I encourage it. The problem is if I am walking her and another dog she really wants to tug on his leash. Annoys the other dog and me both, so I stop it. Seems like a way to discourage leash fun, so what do I do? I have tried using an easy to tug leash on her and biothane in the other. That doesn’t work. The series is great, by the way. I hope you have the perfect advise. I really like walking her with my Pom cause nothing worries him and she picks up those vibes.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Dogs are very contextual, so I think that you pup can certainly learn that tugging on the leash is allowed when cued, or when walking alone, but not allowed when walking in pairs.

      Both our BCs routinely tug on their leashes. Many time when we go for walks, they start as if they are at practice or a trial. They flip toward us, walk backwards, and wait for their get it cue (and if it doesn’t come for a long time, they may take a swipe at the leash just to check). I may have to tell them “give” a few times before they realize that this isn’t “that kind of walk” and they settle into facing forward and walking regularly.

      Another thing that I think helps is using the same length leash so they can walk side by side without one being in a the lead. This made a HUGE difference in walking dogs side by side for me. They both want to be in front and so they both go to the end of the leash leaving no extra leash to play with.

      I also think using a harness is helpful because it also puts the leash further back.

      Do monitor your pup and make sure she’s not overly bummed about your mild fussing at her. It is helpful if she has an “out” or “leave it” type of cue.

      You can also build up the behavior little by little for rewarding any few steps of walking together nicely. That can be a bit difficult as it brings the focus back onto you rather than forward, but it’s worth trying if she’s not getting the idea quickly.

      You can then ALSO take her on short solo walks where you do allow, encourage and cue he taking her leash.

      When I’m walking and I see something that is a trigger for my dog (like a motorcycle), I will immediately say “get it” and present the leash. This is HUGELY helpful for my dogs, and then when the trigger has passed I can go back to regular walking.

      One other idea (and I haven’t tried this) is to get a light chain leash that you put on the Pom. Then the puppy won’t really want to tug on the Pom’s leash.

  • Pam&Shasta says:

    What is we don’t use collars and clip leashes? I use a slip lead

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      You can do it with a slip lead but you must be extremely careful that the dog does not choke themselves accidentally. The leash can tangle from time to time during leash tugging. An auto-correction like that could greatly dampen your dog’s enthusiasm for tugging. Personally, I would not use a slip lead, or I would use a slip lead that has a built-in stop so it will close snugly around the dog but will not choke them.

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