If you’ve ever taken your pup to a dog park or on a hike, you know that having a strong recall is essential. But aside from consistent practice and rewards, what else can you do to ensure your pup comes back when called? The answer might surprise you - it has everything to do with the length of the leash. Let’s explore why leash length matters and how it can help make recall training easier.
The Benefits of Longer Leashes During Recall Training
When it comes to recall training, longer leashes offer several advantages. First, they provide more freedom for your pup. This means less tugging and pulling on their collars, which makes them less likely to become distracted or frustrated during training. Longer leashes also give you more control over how much area your pup covers when off-leash. If they are running around too far away from you, simply rein them in by shortening the leash with one hand while continuing to practice recalls with your other hand. Finally, longer leashes allow you to keep an eye on your pup while they are running free – no more worrying about losing sight of them!
How Long is Long Enough?
So now that we have established why longer leashes are beneficial for recall training, let’s discuss how long “long enough” actually is. Generally speaking, most trainers recommend using a leash that is at least 25 feet in length. While this may seem like a lot at first glance, it gives you plenty of room to work with both in terms of managing distance and adding variety to your recall sessions (e.g., practicing recalls from different angles). In addition, many trainers find that these longer leashes are perfect for teaching pups how to stay within certain boundaries - e.g., not crossing roads or entering forbidden areas - as well as reinforcing good behavior when off-leash (e.g., not chasing after deer or other animals).
Long story short: there’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to choosing the right leash length for recall training; however, most experts agree that 25 feet is typically long enough for most dogs and owners alike! So if you’re looking for an easy way to improve your dog's recall skills without sacrificing their safety or comfort level – look no further than investing in a longer leash! With enough practice and patience, soon enough they will come running back every single time!
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