Loose Lead Workshop


This workshop is to teach the most challenging skill for the dog. Walking alongside their owner takes a huge amount of impulse control. They have to resist sniffing amazing smells, the strong desire to scent mark, rushing off to see the other dog and wanting to go at their naturally fast pace to get to the off lead area as quickly as possible.

Teaching our dog to walk with us is more about engagement than a skill. We need to know how to keep them with us without using the lead to retrain them. Our voices, our body movement and of course rewards all help to keep them with us. Positioning at our side is the aim and then we have to add distance and distraction to this behaviour. This is often where the problem occurs. They will walk nicely when they have nothing more interesting around them or if they know that there is no chance of going off lead, but on the way to the off lead area or past heavy distractions can be way too difficult for them.

This workshop will teach you the basic heel position using targeting and then it will be developed very gradually to increase the difficulty level to suit your dog’s individual level.

Heelwork is notoriously boring for both owners and the dog which is why it often fails. Putting fun into the exercise is the key to achieving the success required to make walks enjoyable.

10th July 10-12pm 2021 – £39 handler £20 spectator 


Collette May only uses science based positive training methods to reinforce the behaviours that are desirable from our dogs. Positive reinforcement training is force free, fun and very effective.

Collette has used these methods with great success to train her two Labrador Retrievers and won numerous awards in gundog working tests, a hugely rewarding hobby for her and her dogs, in which they have to work together as a team to get the job done. It fulfills the dogs’ natural drive to retrieve game which makes for happy and content gundogs. She regularly works at a shoot and competes in field trials, which are the top level of gundog competition.



Topics covered

The following will be covered:

Identifying what your dog really loves. These will then be used to reward the loose lead and also be used to distract your dog when proofing the behaviour.
Understanding arousal levels and body language so we can identify when they are no longer able to respond to the usual cue.
Learning new ways to lower arousal levels which will improve your dog’s ability to respond to cues.
Teaching the hand and object target for positioning at heel.
Teaching impulse control whilst on a lead.
Teaching the cue ‘this way’ and ‘look at that’ to manage them better on the lead.
Walking towards distractions on a loose lead. Starting with low level distractions and building up the difficulty level.
Learning how to identify when your dog is engaged and connected with you.
Understanding best times to train to ensure success and introducing management tools when training is not possible.
Games to play to improve engagement and to vary the rewards we offer them.

What to bring

You will be advised if you need to bring anything specific to these classes.


Lead & Listen, Windlesham Road, West End, Woking, GU24 9PS


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