Learn the simple process to walk off leash with distractions (2023)


Follow the process from door waits to seeing dogs to dropping the leash and finally off leash on the street.


You want you really don't want the dog to know if he's on leash or off leash, so you're going to go like this you're going to take it off and then you're going to hold the leash right here.

So the dog still sees the stimulus of the leash you're, not just going to be like this leash is gone and never coming back, I'm going to keep showing you my loose leash, walking method.

So many of you are saying it's changing your life.

I want you all to get it and really understand it and really know what to do in this video we're going to add to it, though, I'm going to show you how to transition to off-leash control on a normal walk.

All right.

We have moose here to help us moose got here just a few days ago, he's by no means perfect on the leash.

So how are we going to get a not perfect on the leash dog to be off leash or at least be dropping the leash on a street where there's cars, where there's dogs, here's here's, what we're going to do so? Why do you think this method, my method, release, be turning and come back into the house when they hit the end of the leash on their own they're, the ones hitting the end of the leash? Why do you think this helps off-leash control? It's because the leash isn't being used.

If you are constantly have a tight leash, the dog making it tight or you making it tight? How are you gonna ever get the leash off? The dog is just feeling this tightness.

Then, when it's off they go it's off I'm out of here you have to make them question whether the leash is on or off, and that's the deal we're going to do today.

I do have some treats treats, are good, treats, are not the answer almost never, but they're good, okay, ready! We got moose we're gonna go on a little walk, so this is your living room.

Then I am gonna edit, because I just don't there's about a hundred yards that we're not gonna film.

I try not to edit.

So you guys can see the whole process.

Okay, but we're gonna stop it then we're gonna get to the street, start it up again.

Okay, all right, ready, moose, get to your front door.

You can do a sit or sit stay or you cannot do a sit.

Stay doesn't really matter to me.

The key is when the dog flies out that door or goes out that door and is leaving you and not checking in with you, you're gonna give a little correction down to the side and you're gonna come back.

Okay, you can say stay or you can just fling the storm open.

Okay, not bad, not bad at all.

Why am I flipping around if it wasn't bad because good is the enemy of of the best so plus maybe we're going to go on a big walk? This guy might see a dog.

You think I need to make a point right there of saying you can never leave me.

Yes, it wasn't bad.

Hence my correction.

Wasn't bad come on sit here.

Come right over here! Carly stay! Let's see! If he's better this time! Okay, now he's with me, I can reinforce.

I don't want to beg with treats.

I want the dog to do the correct behavior.

Then I treat them.

Is it better to tell your kids if you get an a will, go to disneyland, or is it better when they get an a to take them to disneyland the latter? Okay, the latter is a hundred times better, so he did good.

He got reinforced as opposed to don't go out that door I'll give you the treats right ready here.

We go.

Okay, okay, perfect dog, he's a perfect dog at this point.

Okay, now don't be so quick, don't be so quick to just go about your walk.

Okay! This is your front area.

This is the front of your apartment, right, it's a busy street over here, but get out in front and then walk around a little bit.

You walk where you want to walk how we this is going to transition to off-leash control too, because the dog is keying off of your body.

Can I reinforce that? Can you reinforce that moose? Yes, he just he followed me.

He was not perfect.

This is not a perfect heel.

We are not training a perfect heel, you guys don't want a perfect heel.

Well, you might you don't want to put the work in for a perfect heel.

We want the dog to follow us generally speaking, good boy we want now, let's see if that little correction made a difference.

Yes, it did now.

You guys might be like or some people might think.

Well, why not say his name or give him a cue to turn around because then he's always looking for a cue to look at me, he's always waiting for a cue to look at me.

I just want, especially for off-leash control.

I just want the dog to key off of me to always know where I am because once you get to that street and instead of a two in difficulty, it's a 10 because they see a dog you're gonna need that hesitation from them of going where's.

That guy and not saying a cue saying their name, saying, stop saying: leave it you're going to need that where's joel in an undistracted environment so that you're going to get it in a distracted environment.

So here we go we're going to continue on our walk.

This is like you taking a left or a right on your street.

Now it's different now we're in a different area.

It opens up up here, so I'm going to do.

Tester stops you're going to do tester stops.

Is he with me yeah he's with me? Is he perfect? No! That's! Okay, okay, okay, we're coming up on two dogs right here! These are actually my clients, my old clients.

Okay, let's see what let's see what happens with moose he's, leaving me and little correction.

He says, oh, but I want to look at the dogs joel.

I say it doesn't matter, that's not what we do.

Okay, good boy, moose dogs are over here.

Two dogs and a car he's being good.

Okay, he's being good, but he's he can't leave me to see these dogs is this within criteria.

I think so.

Oh look it little dog in a backpack, hey guys, hey have you been watching the channel? Leave it all right.

I was talking to them.

That's okay! Little correction! I said, leave it after the correction.

You say: leave it before the correction: okay, all right, so I was talking to them.

He barked little correction.

That's fine! Was he okay for that he was okay, he was.

He was fine.

That is not bad leash, walking all right.

We switched direction because we saw those dogs.

So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go back over here.

We're gonna, keep talking and we're going to walk over here, you're not going to do off leash when you feel like doing off leash you're going to do off leash when the dog lets you know, he's ready to do off leash.

Okay, he's got to perform certain tasks which is not leaving you.

If the dog is leaving you like, he just was there or he is there we're not going to off leash.

This is a they're going to earn their way to off leash good boy.

Is he going to get reinforced or he can get reinforced? Okay? Is he with me yeah? So when I'm not using this leash, that's when we're gonna get rid of the leash.

Until then, we need to be using this leash come over here.

Carly! Okay, a lot of you guys ask about peeing and releasing okay.

So here's what you do you simply say release.

Is he leaving me? Oh, he was okay right.

He got to the end.

He technically didn't pull.

I didn't love.

How close he was to the end, though, all day I'll do this.

He says yeah, but I want to come over here and I'm like, but that's not the deal.

Okay, I'll do so many stops I'll do so.

Many stops until the dog's with me.

Okay, relax your arm little shorter leash.

Then, when you stop release the leash, let the dog leave within criteria, not great.

I'm gonna up the treats a little bit just to get him back.

He's watching me, so he is not perfect.

However, he is kind of on my page.

Okay, sit.

There you go.

I only gave one cue.

Okay, all right have I used the leash in a while.

Has this? No, I haven't, gave it correction in 100 feet.

So now we're gonna start going off leash, it's technically, not off leash, there's a middle of the road before between it's very dangerous.

To take this leash off right now, I could just run away, probably wouldn't, but it can't happen like it literally can't happen.

So what I'm gonna do is drop.

This fish come on, I'm gonna up the treats a little bit.

Why am I doing the treats now- and I wasn't before as much because the leash is a better tool than treats, but I don't have the leash anymore.

I can't use the leash, so I'm just going to add a little bit of treats good.

Now we are now what you can do when he leaves is.

You can just step on the leash? Okay come on good boy.

He is essentially off leash at this point moose and give a little cue.

I, like the pat.

I like the pat better than a verbal cue car is coming pick.

The leaf shop come on all day all day.

There's no leaving me there's no leaving me.

Let's see if that last correction worked pretty good leave it.

I think he was leaving it I'll.

Do this I'll just keep doing it.

We have to let this guy know.

Leaving is not an option ever what you guys don't do enough of.

Is enough.

Stops the dogs in front of you.

You guys do not stop enough this.

You might have to do this for a few walks couple walks 10 walks.

I don't know, then, when it's fixed, it's kind of fixed, so you got to do the work early.

I've done probably 20 stops on this walk.


Is he ready to go off leash? He is moose good boy.

Little treat off leash now releasing a dog there's, not gross great spots, to release him.

His this within criteria behind me is fine.

I feel good boy made a choice to stop right there.

If he gets in front of me- and he leaves me, then you can just step on the leash and the correction is applied that way.

Okay, let's turn around.

Let's see if he'll turn and follow me, moose good, low q use your hand good bring him over here.

Come on now.

The last thing thing: I'm not gonna.

Take him fully off leash he's a young dog he's been here a few days: that's not safe! Here's! What you're gonna do there's a bridge there's a middle of the road between uh, dropping the leash and off leash, and that is the fake leash takeoff.

So we're gonna walk, walk, walk! This is what you're gonna do and we're gonna go ready.

Okay, you're free then treat him moose.

Oh, but joel, my god, you said oh you're free and you didn't let him free.

Yes, that's exactly right! There's no free on a street with cars! There's no true free if you're on a come on, if you're on a uh, if you're on a hike- and you say free and he kind of wanders off leave it come on good boy through and leave it.

There's no true free on this on this correction applied.

Come here good, just the added little treats so leash, fake, leash.

Take off right! You come down, you make the sound like he's off leash and then eventually, once you in fact do go and you take the leash off the dog is like I don't know if I'm only sure off leash, which is the greatest thing ever.

That's what you want.

You really don't want.

The dog to know, if he's on leash or off leash, so you're going to go like this you're going to take it off and then you're going to hold the leash right here.

So the dog still sees the stimulus of the leash you're, not just going to be like this leash is gone and never coming back, moose good boy, you're going to kind of hold it here.

He doesn't really know if he's on leash or off leash.

Okay, sit stay car's, coming we're going to put this on and that's what you do then you just put this put this leash back on when car's coming or something or if the dog's like leaving you, oh he's offlation.

He keeps getting in front of me.

Okay, he's not ready, leash back on work, it more then drop the leash, then fake, leash, take off method, then full leash take off method, see how I've been down by the way.

Guys! That's the correction! The correction is just like this: they hit the end.

You apply two inches of correction they're, the ones hitting the end of the leash.

You know this.

Does it hurt him? Nope, not at all all right that is leash walking on a street.

This dog for a short period of time was off-leash was doing a full-off leash walk.

We are not ready to do that until we have worked him for about 300 yards, then he showed us that he was with me.

Yes, he was going out in front, but he was still like oh where's, that guy then I fake took the leash off some dogs.

You'll go like this, and you'll go and they'll go I'm out of here, but they have the leash on.

So you can correct them and then next time you do it again.

They go I'm out of here then, the third time you fake it and they're like I'm not going anywhere.

I don't know if I'm on a leash or not you got to bridge gaps, bridge the gap between the leash dropping.

Then the fake leak takeoff leash takeoff, then the actual leash take off dogs are like leashes on I have to be good.

Leash is off.

I can go nuts, that's not the deal now, if you're in a different context, a park or a hike, and you want to take it off and you want to throw in a queue for free you're as free as a bird, that's fine but like for me, and what I want out of dogs and raising a dog and training dogs is.

I want, like.

I don't ever want a a cue.

That's like.


How do I teach my dog to walk off the leash? ›

Regularly practice training commands with your dog off-leash in an enclosed area. Gradually add more distractions. Practice "look" off the leash and keep rewarding natural check-ins. When you are confident that your dog is ready, try letting your dog off-leash in the safest area possible for short periods of time.

How do you teach loose leash walking positive reinforcement? ›

The “Tree Method” When your dog pulls, become an immoveable object. Once your dog stops pulling and the leash is relaxed, call the dog to your side and praise or give a treat. This reinforces the positive behavior of maintaining a loose leash.

What is the Sigma method dog training? ›

This is done in a very simple process where the clicker is clicked (note that the marker can be any audible sound) and then a reward is presented to the dog. The process is repeated multiple times until the unconditioned stimulus becomes conditioned and the neutral response becomes conditioned.

What is the most effective method to retrieve a dog that has got off-leash? ›

Try jogging backwards, showing her treats, or laying flat on the ground to pique her interest. Once she is close enough that you can be confident in grabbing her, quickly secure her with a slip lead/noose leash or by grabbing around her chest or waist.

What to do if an off leash dog approaches you while walking a dog? ›

Keep Calm and Walk On

Don't run. Running can provoke the approaching dog to charge and will increase the anxiety of the situation for all parties involved. Walk away casually, as to not startle your dog or the approaching animal.

How do you fix bad leash behavior? ›

Here are some steps to help your dog feel better on-leash:
  1. Practice getting your pup's attention before you go out. ...
  2. Don't wait for your dog to react. ...
  3. Don't rush your dog. ...
  4. Manage your dog's environment for everyone's safety. ...
  5. Avoid approaching other dogs head-on. ...
  6. Consider a basket muzzle for walks.

How do you break bad leash habits? ›

The easiest way to stop leash pulling is to not allow your dog to move forward unless the leash is loose. If your dog begins pulling on the leash, stop, plant your feet firmly on the ground, and do not allow him to move forward until he relaxes.

What dog training method does Cesar Millan use? ›

No Talk, No Touch, No Eye-Contact. This technique works by taking away attention. When meeting dogs, Cesar Millan always institutes the no talk, no touch, no eye contact rule. You give the dog no attention until he is in a calm, submissive state, then you can praise him and pet him as a reward for being in that state.

What dog training method is best? ›

Almost all vets agree that positive reinforcement training is the most effective method of dog training. Positive reinforcement training essentially focuses on rewarding your pet for good behavior, rather than punishing bad behavior.

How long does it take to train a dog to stop pulling on leash? ›

The time it takes for your dog to be trained not pull on the leash will vary. However, for most dog parents, working 5-10 minutes a day for 5-7 days will get them results. Remember, start inside. Once your dog is walking calmly next to you inside, start to take them outside.

How do I stop my dog from running away when off lead? ›

How to Keep Your Dog From Running Away
  1. Play with or walk them every day.
  2. Give them fun toys while you're gone, including puzzle toys to keep them busy.
  3. Keep your dog inside when you can't watch them.
  4. Take them to doggy day care or have a friend walk them if you'll be gone for a long time.
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How do you train a dog not to follow you everywhere? ›

How to help your dog stop following you everywhere
  1. Keep your dog busy. ...
  2. Try putting up baby gates. ...
  3. Give them lots of attention. ...
  4. Think about your behaviour. ...
  5. Never punish your dog for following you around. ...
  6. Give your dog plenty of daily exercise. ...
  7. Avoid silence. ...
  8. Teach them to 'stay'.

Why does my dog grab the leash when walking? ›

An anxious, over-aroused dog may be biting the leash while walking to release tension. This is common behavior in shelters, where many dogs grab and chew on the leash when first taken out. Dogs are more likely to do it when being led out of their environment to interact with other dogs.

Why does my dog jump and bite the leash when walking? ›

It may seem like just a bad behavior, but leash biting is often a symptom of a dog being frustrated or not fully understanding leash walking. It's especially common amongst young, playful, and excitable dogs, but with training, it can be prevented or eliminated.

How do you get rid of leash anxiety? ›

Practice giving them space on walks

Practice walking off the path and asking your dog to “wait” when no one is approaching. This practice will make it easier for your dog to remember what to do when they are feeling anxious. You want to be able to get your dog's attention regardless of what's going on around you.

How do you tell a dog not to do something? ›

Interrupt Commands

When your dog is doing something bad, it can be helpful to have an interrupt command the dog is trained to obey. You may use "Stop!" "No!" "Drop it!" or "Leave It!" to get your dog's attention and let them know their behavior is unacceptable.

What is leash etiquette? ›

Keep on-leash interactions short & sweet – keep the leash loose – tight leashes amp dogs up. Let your dogs sniff each other for 3 seconds max, then happy talk and go on your way. Avoid mixing on-leash and off-leash dogs – this is a volatile combination – and not by fault of any of the dogs concerned.

Why walk a dog with 2 leashes? ›

The technique allows you to control your dog's impulsive decisions using two dog leashes, a collar, and a harness. Attach one end of the back leash to your dog's harness, and anchor the other end to a stake in the ground or a heavy object.

What is the most common training command thought to dogs? ›

McMillan always teaches Sit first because it's the most natural concept for most dogs. It's therefore also one of the easiest for them to learn, so even pets who are new to training can get the hang of it within a few sessions.

Is Cesar Millan self taught? ›

Millan, by his own admission, is a self-taught dog behaviorist with no formal training or certifications.

What is the hardest thing to train a dog to do? ›

The “Winner” is

The hardest part of dog training is doing nothing. It's standing like a statue, not saying anything, not doing anything, while your dog acts a fool. She's barking, jumping, biting at the leash. If you're in public, it's embarrassing and you want to make her stop.

What is the number 1 trainable dog? ›

1. Border Collie: A workaholic, this breed is the world's premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct, and working ability.

What is the number 1 easiest dog to train? ›

Top 9 easiest dogs to train
  • #1: Border collie. No couch potatoes, border collies are athletes bred to work. ...
  • #2: German shepherd. ...
  • #3: Labrador retriever. ...
  • #4: Golden retriever. ...
  • #5: Australian shepherd. ...
  • #6: Standard poodle. ...
  • #7: Doberman pinscher. ...
  • #8: Papillon.

What is the fastest way to train a dog? ›

Use positive reinforcement techniques

Almost all vets agree that positive reinforcement training is the most effective method of dog training. Positive reinforcement training essentially focuses on rewarding your pet for good behavior, rather than punishing bad behavior.

What are the 5 steps to train a dog? ›

If you keep in mind the 5 stages of dog training, Acquisition, Consistency, Repetition, Reinforcement and Maintenance, you should have no problem finding within your puppy or dog, the well-mannered, well-behaved canine best friend you've always wanted.

How long does it take to teach a dog to walk off leash? ›

Wondering how long this whole process is gonna take? “Puppies are really easy and can probably be fully leash-trained in a month,” Novack says, but also cautions to be wary of the 'teenage' phase that dogs go through at around nine months old.

Is it too late to train my dog off leash? ›

You may be asking yourself, “Is my dog too old to train?” Despite popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks. If you're wondering when it's too late to train a dog, the answer is never! Training a dog as an adult can be beneficial in some ways — he may be less distractible and energetic than he was as a puppy.

Can all dogs learn off leash? ›

Although some dogs like to run free more than others, all dogs need to be trained so they will respond when they are off leash. Even if your dog is more like your shadow than an adventuring escape artist, there are always occasions when your dog might be outdoors off-leash.

Why does my dog run away from me when off leash? ›

The most common reasons why dogs run away are:

Fear or anxiety. Boredom. Prey drive. Mating instinct.

Do dogs need off leash time every day? ›

She camps and hikes when it is possible, but it is not a regular occurrence. My point is this: all dogs benefit from off leash time in nature, and some need it more than others. When maladaptive behaviors are present and off leash exercise is not, this deficit needs to be of paramount concern.

Is a 2 year old dog trainable? ›

While most people associate training with puppies, the reality is that dogs can learn at any age. Adult dogs are often easier to train than young puppies because they have more self-control. It's also important to keep training your dog as it matures.

What does it mean when a dog pulls you when walking? ›

Contrary to popular belief, your dog pulling when walking is not a way of exhibiting dominance. Rather, the reason they do this is quite simple. They are excited, so excited in fact that they don't want their walk to end and so they keep moving forward.

Why does dog grab leash when walking? ›

An anxious, over-aroused dog may be biting the leash while walking to release tension. This is common behavior in shelters, where many dogs grab and chew on the leash when first taken out. Dogs are more likely to do it when being led out of their environment to interact with other dogs.

Do dogs naturally stop pulling on leash? ›

Wearing a leash and being tethered to a human is not a “natural” behavior for dogs. Many dogs will naturally “lean in” when they feel pressure on their collars and strain forward. Loose leash walking is a complex skill and it requires patience, planning, and persistence.

What is the best length leash for off leash training? ›

10 or 15-foot-long leads are a great starter option. In fact, 15-foot lengths are what I like using for loose leash walking training. As you get familiar with handling more leash than usual, and your dog starts to understand their newfound freedom of movement, you can move up to longer lengths.

How do I stop my dog from lunging on a leash? ›

A buckle collar can put a lot of pressure on your dog's throat when they lunge. A front-clip harness is a better choice. It will put the pressure on your dog's chest and help turn them back toward you when they spring forward. A head halter (also called a head harness) is another option for a leash-reactive dog.

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