When to Use the Long Line

The long line is used after you have taught your dog the meaning of the word "come," off leash, in a confined area, and you are ready to move to a place where your dog may not come. Start in a place with a minimum of distractions.

Just because your dog zooms to you whenever you call him in the house, do not assume that he knows what you mean when you call him outside. When the situation changes by your moving from a familiar situation, such as inside the house or in a fenced backyard, to a new place, your dog may not understand what you want. He only associates the command with a particular place, and it may take him a while to learn what the "come" command means in a new place and situation. Be patient, and don't be frustrated by this temporary relapse.

The long line is a good tool to use when a puppy outgrows the stage where he naturally sticks close to his owner. You will know when it is time. It usually happens between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks. Your puppy looks up when you call, and turns and heads in the opposite direction. If you have done a lot of early puppy training, this stage may be delayed until a later age. When this happens, do not yell, scream, and chase after your puppy. Calmly walk toward him and keep walking after him until you can call him to you and take hold of his collar. If he is heading in a dangerous direction, loudly call his name and run in the opposite direction, encouraging him to chase you. Then do not let him off the long line for the next two to four weeks.

Not every dog needs to be trained on a long line. With the right dog in the right environment and the proper early puppy training, you may be able to skip it.

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