How to use a Long Line when Training Your Dog

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We’ll hey there guys Meagan Karnes herewith The Collared Scholar dog trainingand today we’re going to be talkingabout one of my all-time favorite piecesof training equipment this is somethingthat I’ll never walk into a trainingsession without so what is it that Ilove so much well you guys it is my longline in fact I’d say 90% of the timewhen I bring a dog out for trainingthey’re wearing a long line even ifwe’re training on my property which isfully fenced you guys having a long lineis crucial for really setting your dogup for success in your training sessionsif they’re wearing a long line you havea way to effectively manage theirbehavior you can prevent them fromcompletely ditching you and findingsomething better to do you can reinforcethings like your recall and you can keepyour dog out of trouble and listen whenI bring dogs out for training 90% of thetime we never even need the long linebut for that 10% of the time when we dohaving it on my dog is life-saving butthe thing about it is a lot of peopledon’t want to use long lines becausethey’re big they’re bulky and they’recumbersome and it can be easy to kind ofget caught up in them get them tangledaround you get them tangled around yourdog and in fact if you’re not careful along line can be a little bit dangerousbecause it can absolutely kind of gettangled around your feet and take youout ask me how I know so listen you guyswhat I thought we talked about today ishow to be effective with your long lineso that you can start using it in yourtraining sessions in order to bettermanage your dog now my all-time favoritelong line is made of Biothane I lovethe Biothane leashes because they don’tget tangled and as you’re about to see Ihave a big tendency of kind of tossingmy long line all over the place the lastthing that I want to do at the end of atraining session is spend 15 20 minuteson tying all of the knots because mylong line got all tangled up so I tendto opt for Biothane leashes becausethey’re ultra sturdy and they don’t gettangled nowthe only problem with the Biothaneleashes is that they are definitelyslippery when wet and I live in thePacific Northwest where it kind of rainsa lot and so on rainy days I’ll usewhat’s called a gripper leash and thegripper leash it’s got a little bit moretraction so it won’t slide through myhands but most of the time I’m relyingon my bio sane leash now the first thingthat you want to know about working witha longline is that just because you have30 feet or however long your line is itdoesn’t mean that you need to give yourdog all 30 feet in fact it should beyour goal to use your line to maintain aconstant connection with your dog sowhat does this mean well it means that Idon’t want to be pulling on my dog Idon’t want there to be tension in myleash but I want to maintain the abilityto make contact with him at any time sowhat I’ll do is I kind of use my lefthand to manage the slack in the leashI’ll hold my hand like this and kind ofdrape the line across and I won’t gripit too hard so what I tell everybody iswhen you’re holding a long line you wantto hold it like you’d hold a baby birdso not so tight that you’re gonna crushit but also not so loose that it’s gonnafly away from youso here what I’ll do is I use my lefthand to kind of pick up the slack and Ikind of let the leash kind of lay acrossthat hand here and I want the ability tobe able to make contact with my dog butI don’t want tension so if I’m standinghere and if I’m working with my dog andif he’s kind of moving around I’m goingto hold my leash wherever I need to holdit in order to maintain the ability tohave a connection with him but what theheck am I gonna do with the rest of thisline well you guys the rest of this linedoes not matter so what you’re gonna dowith it is just throw it awayand when you throw your line away youwant to throw it kind of off to the sideso you want to make sure that the restof that line it never tucks back behindyou because if it does and your dogtakes off that’s the fastest way for theline to take you out so you want to manslack away from you toss that slack awayfrom you off to the side and out of theway and then you want to manage the partthat creates the connection with a dogso if I want to move away from my dog if I’m gonna move away from my dognotice I’m just letting it slide throughmy hand if I want to move towards my dogwhat I’m gonna do is pull the slackthrough my hand and throw it away pullthe slack and throw it away pull theslack and throw it away so that I canmaintain that constant connection withmy dog so again if I move away let itslide through my hand if I move closepull and throw pull and throw so whatI’m going to do is I’m going to takeshank out and I’m gonna run him througha super simple exercise and I’m going toshow you how to manage this line as thedog is actually moving so what I’m goingto do is I’m going to send him out tothat platform and call him back to menot worried about the training exercisehere I just want to show you how wemanage our line and here my goal is toalways maintain a connection to my dogso check this out you guys soall I did was allow the leash to slidethrough my hand and here I’m using myleft hand to manage the slack so thatthere isn’t any so that it’s notdangling on the ground so that Imaintain that connection with my dog butI’m not pulling on my dog now I’m gonnacall my dog back to me and when I dothat I’m just gonna manage my line andthrow the excess away and noticehere I have about 3 feet of line that’sit I’ve got a connection to my dog all Idid was reel in that line and toss theexcess away so let’s see that one moretime so he goes out I use my lefthand to manage the line and I call himback and listen if your dog is kind offast and you can’t reel fast enough youcan move back and away from your dog asyou reel them in in order to buyyourself a little bit of extra time socheck this out so I can move away real in my dog andthen reward them so you guys the idea iswhen working with a long line that youmaintain a constant connection to yourdog you never want to be in a situationwhere you have all this line on theground in between you and the dogbecause that’s the fastest way to gettangled I mean even if he starts to movearound look in a hot second it’s alreadywrapped around a leg so we want to makesure that we are in control of the slackat all time now if at any point you findyourself tangled your dog’s starting toget tangled or you’re starting to gettangled just drop the line then you canreach in closer to your dog’s collar andpick up and make that connection againand then you can just walk your dog outof the tangle so you guys just to recapyou want to make sure that you’re alwaysmaking a connection with your dog youwant to make sure that you take theexcess slack and throw it away and youwant to make sure that that excess lucknever gets behind you because havingslack laying on the ground and havingslept behind you is the quickest way toan accident with a long line

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