De­sen­si­tis­ing with the lead

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - PETS - Do you have a train­ing ques­tion you’d like an­swered? Send your ques­tion to rachel.ver­coe@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­ and Kyra Ens­bey from Bright Bessy Dog Train­ing will an­swer in the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day ad­di­tion.

Ques­tion: My rotty goes crazy when­ever I get her lead out Tif­fany Ben­nett An­swer: I am as­sum­ing you may be giv­ing her a ver­bal cue, telling her you are go­ing for a walk. This height­ens your dog even be­fore it gets out of the door. How then, do you ex­pect her to be­have once the lead is on? Firstly, don’t give your dog ver­bal cues such as walkies, then de­crease her re­ac­tiv­ity to the lead in the fol­low­ing ways. Carry the lead around, put it on a cof­fee ta­ble, drop it on the ground, drag it on the ground and drape it around your neck. You can also clip it onto your dog’s col­lar then take it off and re­peat. Do these things but don’t go any­where. Over time, your dog will be­gin to as­so­ciate the lead as a part of ev­ery­day life.

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

Kyra Ens­bey from Bright Bessy dog train­ing.

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