Leash Training

Learning how to properly leash train a dog or get him or her to use a dog training lead ( sometimes also referred to as a ‘long line’)  isn’t quite as simple as you probably think but it is more than worth the effort to do it.

Your dog needs to go on walks and you will enjoy taking him/her a lot more if he is leash trained. Dogs like being with their owners and if your dog is leash trained and you are comfortable using a dog training led , your time together will be much better for both of you. The steps for proper leash training are easy to follow and should be started shortly after you get your new puppy or adult dog home and settled in. I don’t want to dwell on leash training in this post, you can read my previous post on leash training by clicking HERE .Some dogs and dog breeds don’t take to it as fast as others and this is why a long dog training lead has to be introduced.

Before you get started using a dog training lead, something like the one in the picture below  you need to be sure to get the proper size collar and leash. The dog collar should be a good fit for the size of your puppy/dog and the leash shouldn’t be too heavy or light and the length of the training lead should be thought out as they come in 20ft, 30ft and even 50 ft. Do not confuse training leads with extendible leads,  which have a kind of plastic container at one end that you hold, and  that the lead retracts into.   If the dog collar is too big he will slip out of it and if it’s too small it might choke him, or he could snap it. If the leash is too heavy it will hinder the training.

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30ft Nylon training lead – perfect strength and length – Click Image to get yours.

One of the main reasons for using dog training leads is if your dog does not come to you if called when they are off lead in the park or even in your garden. Lead pulling,Dog barking, lead biting, pulling or even shaking the lead are also some common reasons owners revert to the long training lead. You want to build on your dogs responses and behaviour. Our natural instinct is to pull on a lead when your dog decides to wander off , this may be fine for pups but for older dogs this doest work as they will keep pulling you around, as if they are walking you!

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The dog training lead or long lead  should be kept loose dragging along the ground , as if it were not attached to your dog at all, giving him the feeling he is off the lead so they can adapt their natural behaviours. Just a tip use a short leash while out on your daily walk with your dog  and getting to your destination i.e. the park or field to train, long training leads are not great for walking near roads.

So when do you use a dog training lead?

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Perfect dog treats to reward your dog – strong smelling

Once you reach the park you should call your dog, clicker training can be ideal for this also or the good old fashioned dog treat, something with a strong smell is better so they can sniff it from a distance! Once your dog comes to you reward them with a nice tasty treat and attached the dog training lead. Don’t make a big deal about switching leads you want your dog to think he is off the lead. Continue on your walk, with the lead dragging on the ground, call your dog or use your clicker intermittently and when they come to you reward them a lot with treats and a rub. Every so often get your dog to ‘sit’ when they come back to you after the treat as you don’t want them just running back for a reward and then sprinting away again, you want to keep the control.


The long leash can not only be used for ‘recalling’ your dog but also to stop other bad behaviours like being over excitable with other dogs or sniffing dogs you know where! or jumping up. Just call your dogs name in a firm tone or use the word ‘NO’ and reel them in on the lead. With practice they will learn.

Try and only let 10-12 feet extend as you don’t want your dog too far away from you in case they bolt! plus for safety reasons this will avoid the leash wrapping around your legs or getting your dog tangled in it.

If your dog or puppy does not respond to being called  reel them in and try make a fuss of them when they do come back to you and give them a small treat. When using the long dog training lead it is not such a big deal at first when your dog does not come when summoned or when they are misbehaving with other dogs, keep pulling them back in and rewarding them , but gradually reduced the rewards and eventually they will get used to returning to you when called or by hearing your command voice shouting ‘NO’ they will react appropriately.

A great tip I have found is that if you call them and they come to you or stop what they are doing on the first call give them a big treat and a big rub if it takes two or three calls give them a small treat – they will hopefully get the message that if i come quick I get more treats!


After your dog or puppy has perfected the long lead training and they respond to your call and are obedient you can move onto using an extendible or retractable leash. See wikihow How to teach your dog to walk on a leash.

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Walkies walkies

So to summarise:

  • Choose the right size dog collar and small leash at the beginning
  • Keep your training walks to no longer than 15-20 minutes.
  • Only use the long dog training lead once you have arrived at the park or field.
  • Have ample treats to reward during training
  • Stop and call your dog to come continuously and reward.
  • Remember YOU are in CONTROL.
  • Punish sparingly
  • Walk quickly
  • Gradually increase the length of your walks.
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Increased attention has been given to hypoallergenic food in the recent years and this is extending into the pet food market.

Dog owners around the world are feeling the need to watch what their pets eat.The newly created focus on human health and the food that we are consuming has brought about increased attention on what we are feeding our pets. Pet lovers are choosing to feed hypoallergenic dog food.

What is Hypoallergenic dog food and Why should you make the switch?

To cut right to the point and not waffle on “Hypoallergenic  dog food is specially type of dog food that does not provoke allergic reactions in dogs.”

Watch this quick video to Understand Hypoallergenic Dog Food:


  • Hypoallergenic food provides higher quality ingredients. Chances are that you choose your dog’s food based on price. With pet food, you get what you pay for. The cheaper the product, the more additives and fillers the food will contain. Cheap dog kibble usually contains very little protein. It contains fillers such corn, wheat,soy etc. that give your dog an illusion of filling full. These products contain very little nutrition. Dogs are susceptible to different dog allergies caused by the ingredients in these ordinary, often, cheaper dog foods.


  • Hypoallergenic dog food uses natural preservatives. “Preservative” is a very scary word in the human diet. Doctors warn us to avoid them at all cost because they are very bad for our health. Cheap pet food is loaded in preservatives! This is very bad for your dog. Chemicals found in pet food can irritate your dog’s digestive system. Many hypoallergenic brands prefer to use natural preservative in dog kibble and avoid using chemical that can be dangerous to your dog’s health.


  • Hypoallergenic food is not “one size fits all.” Unlike other pet foods, there are many hypoallergenic dog foods available to fit your canine’s specific needs. There are different formulas available to cater to taste, weight, breed, etc. It may be difficult to grab a bag of hypoallergenic dog kibble and head to the check out and you may need buy it from a specialist retailer or even your vet. You must first read labels and find the food that will work specifically for your dog. Trial and error will be key in finding the best food for your dog.

An example of the brands on the market:

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Royal Canin Hypoallergenic Dog Food – click image to find out more
Purina Hypoallergenic dog food
Purina Hypoallergenic Dog Food – click image to buy


  • Hypoallergenic food can give your dog better overall health. Feeding your pup hypoallergenic kibble can help him live a better life. Quality food increases life span. It also decreases risk for illnesses or dog allergies , such as an irritable or itchy coat, associated with poor nutrition. You will see a difference in your dogs energy level, coat, and health when you make the switch to hypoallergenic dog food.


Since different dog breeds or in fact different dogs are allergic to different ingredients, there is obviously no such thing as a dog food that is hypoallergic or non-allergic for every dog or pet on the planet!


Switching to hypoallergenic pet food should be an easy decision for you, but just be aware that it comes with a much higher price tag than ordinary dog food.What you feed your dog does matter. Nutrition quality of pet food varies and all brands are not created equally. Researching hypoallergenic dog food will help you find the absolute best brand for your pet. Ask your vet how he feels about hypoallergenic food and if he could recommend a brnd or dose best suited to your dogs size, weight and breed. He will more than likely recommend making the switch.  High quality food is more expensive to make, therefore companies cannot afford to sell the food at dirt cheap prices. Remember, low priced dog food contains fillers and preservatives. You get what you pay for in regards to dog food. Choose a high quality, hypoallergenic dog food for your pet and reap the rewards.

German Shepherd Training

The German Shepherd is a beautiful and very popular dog and basic dog house training is a must. They are very easy to train and are very versatile. They are great for obedience, they’re great for agility and they’re great for protection. So why are you having troubles with German Shepherd training then? Could they not train themselves? we wish.

They are an awesome dog if you like doing tracking work or generally if you like hiking or swimming then they will spend all day by your side. German Shepherd’s are a very loyal pet.


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German Shepherd pup – 8 weeks old perfect to train

German Shepherd training is sometimes easier than with other dog breeds because this type of dog is one of the brighter dogs in the pack!

In saying that you still have to perform some dog training and you will need to follow some routine steps to have the dog of your dreams.

You will find that German Shepherd training will give you much more enjoyment if you start it whilst the dog is young. You can still train an older dog with more time, but as they say it is hard to teach an old dog tricks so best start while they are a pup, no younger than 8 weeks. Start with the basics like teaching them to sit, stay and of course get them house trained. Bond with your dog especially when they are at the puppy stage so they grow to get familiar with you and learn from you.

German Shepherd training ought to start at the earliest opportunity. These creatures develop into enormous dogs and socialization specifically is an absolute necessity, so get your dog used to other individuals and different dogs as soon as you can and a good way to do this is with a dog training lead or with leash training.

Remember keep your training sessions short – no longer than 20 minutes. They are young with a short concentration span – just like us humans and remember to reward them for good behaviour.

You have to appreciate that this is a working dog and has strong herding instincts. This is a dog with lots of energy and should not be punished for bad behaviour but rewarded for being good like any other dog breed. After your puppy has mastered a command, start treating intermittently so that you don’t have a dog that will only perform for food. Build their confidence and make training fun.  It is no coincidence that this breed is used for security work and search and rescue and also as therapy dogs, because they are so strong yet also intelligent.

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A must read to help with the stages of your dogs growth

Utilize that knowledge helpfully when you begin  training. A substantial breed  needs a lot of activity every day, amid which you can begin your training. As you realize that your dog is smart you will value that he or she will need to acknowledge who is the boss at an early stage. Build up that you are the pioneer and this is a major part of the fight.

 Be the Alpha Male. When you are walking him or her on your leash training always be the one in front – showing you are in control.


There are various training methods you can utilize when at the same time contemplating German Shepherd training. Websites like Wikihow and Teach your dog basic commands are a great point of reference. A technique that appears to be commonly used is clicker training. Clicker training is a method where the dog learns to associate the sound of the clicker as a positive “marker” for behaviour. You start by clicking the clicker while feeding a high value treat over and over again so that the dog learns that the clicker sound means “very good”. Clicker training is an incredible way to train dogs because they learn so fast with such immediate feedback.

Bear in mind throughout that you should look at one method of training and try it out, then move gradually to another if it doesn’t seem to be working. Throughout your training you will have to consult books or websites on how to train a dog or dog training tips or watch Youtube videos like this one:

How to train a dog to sit and stay:

Socialisation is probably one of the most important parts of German Shepherd training, or in fact any dog training. If you can start this when the dog is a puppy, this is preferable but at any stage, it is worth doing as this will grow into a large dog. Another tip is to get your puppy used to have his or her ears, tail, paws handled in anticipated for future vet and grooming visits. You should get your dog used to other dogs in particular and also to other humans including children.

It can be difficult to get it just right sometimes but one of the more enjoyable aspects of owning a German Shepherd is the satisfaction of seeing them grow and mature into a caring family dog that is obedient and a pleasure to bring for a walk.

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Everyone is obsessed with and trying to train and raise the perfect dog. The big thing we should ask is does a perfect dog actually exist?

The answer might be like how long is a piece of string? Or is there a perfect person? And we all know the answer to that question – we wish but NO!

So how do you try and achieve this “perfect dog”

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Ah – could this be a perfect dog?

Well this is my best advice……

You could sign up to doggy school and have your dog or puppy learning to give the paw, roll over, do the commando crawl or spend hours googling and researching the best child friendly breeds but first stop and ask yourself this one question…….

Is that what my dream dog is or should do?

Do I want my dream or perfect dog to be a circus dog or my party piece to have perform and show off when friends call over? “Ah so cute” ; “what a clever dog!”

The reality of it all is that we end up locking the dog out or up once visitors call around or we spend most of the time apologising for his/her behavior and end up with dry cleaning bills after they have jumped all over the guests nice clean clothes with muddy paws!

Its crazy isn’t it?

We focus most of our time and effort into dog tricks that we forget about the key stuff, especially when they are a puppy, and when we realise this it is often too late.

And why is that? Because most dog trainers or dog training course or schools are fixed on doing what everyone else is doing or what they think they should be doing. It is not as easy as picking a dog breed that you think might be easy to train or is renowned for being gentle and good around children, at the end of the day YOU still have to train them.

Sit, roll over, give the paw, like I said earlier, performing monkeys everyone trying to outdo the next no one stops to ask Why? Or can I do X, Y or Z?

Pause and think about this for a second …

Do you know of any dogs that have been put down or sent to the “doggy farm” for performing badly in front of guest or not sitting on command or for giving the paw incorrectly? No, I didn’t think so – no one really pays a huge amount of attention to that.

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A cute puppy – perfect time to train – try Doggy Dan?!

Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school or at dog training classes! WHY why-why?!

But… Aggression? Oh man.

A large amount of dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling and biting than any other reason. Aggressive to children, owners, strangers – it’s all bad news and now a days just not acceptable. It all starts with simple dog socialization.

An out of control dog can be extremely dangerous, pulling and dragging on a leash, not responding when called not to mention the danger they can cause around children or cars and traffic.

That said very few dog trainers will run through how to prevent this, simply understanding leash training and the basics perhaps they do not understand themselves? Read here for a good guide on the basic to leash training

 If you were to carry out a quick survey of what most people’s real idea of a perfect dog would be, in no particular order, would include all of the following 5 important behaviours:

  1. Calm around other animals including dogs
  2. Calm and Friendly to all people including children – not jumpy.
  3. Relaxed and obedient around the home
  4. Responds instantly when called in the park or off the lead.
  5. A pleasure to walk on the lead

Ha….. I have you saying – he has a point!

Maybe your next question is or what you are thinking is …How can I get my perfect dog to tick these boxes?

The good news is that it is not overly complicated. I am usually not one to promote someone else, however thanks to Doggy Dan’s online Dog Trainer video website even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take advantage of, so I suggest that the next thing you do today is take a look inside the site!

On the website,you will find and I found a collection of videos showing you how to achieve your kind of “perfect dog”. Dog socialisation, coaching your dog on a dog training lead or if you wanted k9 training. They will guide you through all the things I have touched on above.

Remember: You can do what you’ve always done and get the same result or do something different and get the results you’ve always dreamed of.

So if you really want to have a dog that you can be proud of look no further, simply take the 3 day $1 trial inside Doggy Dan’s site here: CLICK HERE 

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Reviewing low protein dog food is a controversial issue as some vets or experts favour them and some oppose.

Normally low protein dog food is not recommended for healthy dogs. If your vet recommends such food for your pet then it must be suffering from any of the following health problems:

  • Canine renal failure or chronic failure of canine kidney
  • Canine renal or kidney disease
  • Acute canine kidney failure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Crushing Disease
  • Tendency for urinary stones
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An Example of Low Protein Dog food on the market – click to see more plus ingredients.


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Some great low protein dog food out there for every size dog – read instructions carefully on dosage

In this way, low protein dog food are normally recommended for treating various health problems in dogs unlike high protein food aka hypoallergenic dog food which have a number of benefits for them as compared to low protein foods.

Some experts are also of the view that the owners of senior dogs become better off with low protein foods automatically. But there is no solid base for this theory.

When to give a Low Protein diet to the dog:

According to some expert vets low protein foods should be given to the dogs along with other dietary supplements and medication to treat the problem of canine renal failure to slow down the progress of their kidney problem. Most of the vets of this school will suggest you to adjust low phosphorus, low sodium and low protein foods in the diet of your dog if he is suffering from chronic kidney failure in the late stage. Another benefit of giving low protein food to the dogs is to prevent the feeling of fatigue and nausea cased by the uraemic toxins in them.

On the contrary, the vets of opposite school of thought are of the view that low protein food is not right diet for the dogs with canine kidney failure. According to certain papers published by the experts, the theory of reducing protein in dog foods canine kidney disease is a false assumption as it is based on myths instead of any scientific evidence.

Managing the symptoms of Canine Kidney Failure:

Some tips are provided here under by certain dog experts to help you in deciding on low protein foods for your dog or not, after going through both the theories.

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Steps in how to Transition your dog to low protein dog food

Before giving low protein food to your dog you should ensure that its diet contains very high quality protein like grains and processed meat.

Most expert vets agree to recommend low protein food to the dogs suffering from renal failure even if this theory is strongly criticised by many of them.

In order to avoid possibilities of malnutrition in dogs having low protein foods their owners must keep them under strict observation regularly.

Many dogs refuse to eat low protein foods as they are usually much less flavoured than their regular foods. It can make it harmful for the health condition of your dog.

So, while deciding to give low protein foods to your dog you must ensure that he gets all the required nutrients in his diet. You can choose appetizing diet for him that contains enough quantity of natural and healthy nutritious elements in it, after all it is your duties to feed your pet properly to see him laughing and playing.


Why would you train a canine or your dog to become a K9 dog?

There are certainly many reasons that justify the answer to this question. A dog that has undergone proper K9 training will identify a suspect by smell, find objects of interest in an area, locate drugs or explosives, and know how to react in dangerous situations.

However, before the handler of the dog can work with it, the dog must pass the normative police test from a police dog training facility. This training is possible due to dogs’ natural social behaviour towards man.

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A Proud dog after completing K9 training

Also, when handling a trained dog, it is always advisable that the dog handler should maintain the police dog normative at least once a week. When this routine is followed, the dog will be able to respond well to the dog command in whatever situation it’s presented with, whether that relates to detecting bombs, tracking people/objects, or basically having a good understanding of K9 tactics.

How to train your dog: K9 training basics and routine:

The trainer basically uses leash training to help the dog understand the basics of acting on command. In addition to this, he simulates different types of situations that a police or anyone working with the dog may encounter out there.

This can be done at shopping centres, sporting facilities, in automobile garages and so on. The idea is to simulate the exact thing that happens when the dog’s service is needed.

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A must read K9 training basics – click on image to get yours now

Also, experts emphasize on the dog handler dedicating sufficient time towards training with their dogs. If the handler doesn’t have enough knowledge on handling the dog in question, it might ruin the training that the dog already has.

The obvious consequences manifest in situations where the dog is not able to work well with the police/handler when need arises. However, even if a dog handler finds himself in such a situation with their dog, he must take note of the problem and report it to its trainer so the problem can be fixed.

In other words, the dog and its handler should work harmoniously one beside the other. The handler must be able to take full control of his dog with or without a leash even when an attack command has been given. The dog in question must abort its action immediately and do what it understands from the final command.

Benefits of a K9 dog and why it must only stay with its handler most of the time:

Dogs are animals that develop relationships with human beings. For this reason, dogs have been known to co-operate well when trained properly. Even dogs that haven’t undergone K9 training instinctively know that they should follow orders from human beings. But even when they show disobedience, it means they haven’t been trained to know how to respond in particular situations.

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Also, a K9 dog recognizes the character that is handling it. It’s only familiar with the person who interacts with it and also gives commands. Because this is a relationship that is often built with time, it eventually makes it possible for the dog and its handler to harmoniously interact.


It’s good to service-train your dog with a leash. But it also makes sense to have them undergo service dog training in the hands of a professional. A highly trained K9 dog will not stop at anything to defy commands. What is more, they will do things that human beings sometimes can’t do, which is why investing in K9 training is a good thing.

Leash Training

Activities, such as taking your dog for a walk or going to the vet, are all made easier if you train your dog to use a leash properly. With proper leash training you will be in control and you will be able to handle your dog in any situation.

Leash training should start as soon as you bring a new puppy home. Dogs vary in the length of time it will take to train them to use a leash. Some dogs will learn within a couple of days, others may take one to two weeks. Remember that consistency is the key.

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Leash training – easy right!

Teaching a puppy leash training is a skill for both owner and the pup. While an owner is able to understand the principles involved, a puppy can not. It is important that an owner not misconstrue their behavior as bad. They should not punish their puppy nor do anything that will make the puppy respond to the leash as a bad thing.

Puppies are apt to fight any training. In order to start this training, a puppy needs to first be introduced to and become comfortable with a dog collar. A buckle type collar is best and should be securely yet comfortably fastened. The puppy will try to get out of it at first, and here it is important that you encourage him or her. Do not punish them or scold them. Within a few days your puppy will be completely at home with the dog collar and you can start their training.

The problems encountered with training a puppy to use a leash:

  • Just as a puppy will fight a collar at first, so too will they fight the leash. A puppy will bite the leash, refuse to move or pull ahead. In any of these instances there are appropriate training techniques designed to overcome their resistance.
  • Leash training can be challenging yet it is necessary for their safety. It is also important to remember that this training is only one part of puppy training. If it is conducted correctly leash training will ensure that your puppy grows into a happy and well behaved dog.
  • This training should be short and fun initially. The goal is to instil in the puppy that walking on a leash requires acceptable behaviour. Translating a consistent and positive message to your puppy will provide good results.


Watch this video on How to teach your puppy NOT to pull on the leash:

Punishment V’s Reinforcement:

Training a puppy to a leash should never involve punishment. Shouting, scolding or smacking are simply unacceptable. The more a puppy is punished the more they will associate leash walking as a bad experience. If this happens it will be almost impossible to train them to walk correctly on a leash. Pulling, pushing or carrying a puppy will not enforce good behaviour.

Praise him or give him treats. There is nothing wrong with tempting a puppy with treats while there is everything right with praise and love. After all most puppies want to please. If they associate walking on a leash with praise and fun they will be first in line at the door come walking time.

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A must have leash for training any dog – get your now – CLICK ON IMAGE

Patience and consistency is key. It is also suggested that this training begin early on. Right from day one it is not too early to start. If training is done in the correct way with the right techniques a puppy won’t fear or dread it. If their first experience results in fear or stress you can rest assured that they will forever dread the leash.

What you want to accomplish is a puppy or dog that views walking on a leash as a treat, not a punishment. Once a puppy understands what is expected from him or her it is important that an owner allows her lots of practice. Start off with small and short sessions and be consistent and chances are you will find puppy leash training as a pleasant experience for both the master and the doggy.

The  American Kennel Club have some great articles on leash training your dog also and you can see a good one How to train a puppy to walk on a leash right here.

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