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    26 - Lead from both sides

    26 - Lead from both sides

    Some dogs are so habituated to being led from their owner’s left side that it totally throws them if a person has to lead or even handle them from the opposite side. Even if your dog is young, he may still be confused if you ask him to walk on your right side. However, if you have been practising your hand target exercises it should be an effortless exercise (well for him anyhow). This is a great opportunity to practice some groundwork (such as ways 34–36, 73 and 74) as it will give him something to focus on.

    The exercise may take longer to teach if you are the one that has been habituated to leading your dog from one side, so work slowly if necessary to minimize the chances of you tripping over your dog and squashing him  at. It pays for you both to have learned this exercise when you are taking your dog out and about in a busy town or if you want to progress to the child leading exercise (see way 68).

    The steps are the same for the on-lead exercise, way 25, but, of course, you will have your dog on your right-hand side.

    Teaching your dog to be comfortable being led from either side can be beneficial if you are walking along a busy road or need to switch sides to avoid an oncoming bouncy dog (or a cat!)

    From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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