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Take The Lead, Safely! Leash Walking Skills Every Human Needs to Know  

Take The Lead, Safely! Leash Walking Skills Every Human Needs to Know

0 | Posted 5/28/14

People frequently ask me why I use hands-free leashes in my dog classes instead of letting owners hold the leash. One main reason is the hands-free leashes allow the clients to easily handle and deliver treats quickly, in rapid succession, and with correct timing. A less obvious but very important reason and my answer: Have you seen what people do with a leash in their hands? I remember attending a seminar early in my career by Patricia McConnell where she showed a video of chimpanzees handling objects. They grabbed, swung, lifted and pulled at these objects. Her point was, primates can’t help but manipulate objects in weird ways. What type of weird ways do human primates handle leashes?