A lot of people the stop/start method. But I'm not a fan of it as a teaching method. I might occasionally use as a brief management method when my teaching method has failed ( so my dogs won't self reward). But I use that failure as information that I need to change up my training a bit and go back to basics.
The below video highlights some problems associated with "tree" or "red light/green light"
Changing direction is fine, but:
- We should ensure that we are not yanking the dogs.
- It's better to reward a loose leash instead of punish a tight leash
- And we should ensure we are not frustrating the dogs.
More on changing direction here :
and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOwPkfjz2r0
I would also start teaching loose leash walking training with one dog at a time. When one dog is good, then you can put the two dogs together and start the training all over from the beginning.
More on loose leash walking here: http://www.stubbypuddin.com/2014/07/loose-leash-walking-summary.html
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