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3 Reasons To Use A Dragline With Your New Puppy

Today I am going to share a tip with you…it is time to make a dragline!

So, what is a dragline you ask?  It can be as simple as an old leash cut down to 2-3 feet or so. 

Don’t have an old leash, then a piece of 550 cord works great, or even an old clothesline line…do people still have those?

Basically, you want a thin, lightweight cord that your pup can drag around the house without getting tangled up.

If using an old leash, you need to cut the handle, this will ensure that your puppy does not get hung up on the furniture.  Also never leave your pup unattended with a dragline on, that is just a recipe for disaster.

Keeping in mind that a dragline is typically not “training”, it is management and acclimation.

So, in what way is using a dragline handy?

  • Scenario #1 - your dog is staying juuuust out of reach, because he does not want to be caught. You can calmly place your foot on the line, allowing you to catch him.

  • Scenario #2 - your pup is not allowed up on the couch, you ask him to get off and that does not work. Grabbing at his collar can create some additional problem behaviors, calmly taking the end of the dragline you can start to walk away with an “off” and your pup will follow.

  • Scenario #3 - your new puppy (or older dog) is like a fish out of water when attempting to walk on a leash. By dragging the line they get acclimated and desensitized to the feeling of a leash.  Allowing training to occur after acclimation.

These are just 3 examples of how a dragline can be used, but the reality is, the possibilities are endless.  It is time to think outside of the box…this can help with counter surfing, stealing of items, putting your dog out in the yard. 

Sometimes the management solution is easy, you just have to give it a try.



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How to use a dragline when training your puppy


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