Yet again, I saw a lot of tight leashes. It's actually becoming a hugely interesting thing. Some events last year, the kids gripped the leash right up against the collar. And they led the dog through the performance like that. I was completely unsure on how to judge that and ended up with a sort of "standard deduction" value, with any extra leash pulls (esp on the halt-sits) as additional points deducted.
Even my own club members did this! I see nice loose leashes every week! I saw pulling for the sits! Hands raised to shoulder height! Stress does very interesting things to people and dogs.
|Luna and Griffin both tell me that leash|
pulling is not a problem if you just let your
dog off leash...
A few initial thoughts on the challenges:
-- By the time people get help for walking training....the dogs have been pulling for quite a while. The humans have continued walking while the dog is pulling, meaning the dog got a TON of reinforcement for the pulling ("Look, it makes the humans walk!").
-- People get into habits and patterns. They want to continue with normal walks during the training period, letting the pulling happen there, and thus compromising the training.
-- It's hard to look at the big picture, all the little times where the dog pulls on leash and the dog is allowed to continue forward. And we miss those moments. I am so guilty of that, today I counted (...after the fact each time, 8 points in our morning routine where reinforcement is distributed without me being careful to have the behavior I want before that reinforcement is delivered.)