Long line, uses, and safety
A long line can be any length, it should be a leash, and not any kind of chain. If you have a small dog a piece of washing line or something similar would do. For a larger dog climbing rope or a leash work's well.
For safety reasons, never leave your dog alone wearing one, this can get caught and can strangle your dog.
A long line is a wonderful tool to guide your dog to make the right decisions in your home, and is great with a puppy or new dog of any age.
If you have Children make sure that they understand the rules about not pulling the dog, correcting the dog or tying your dog up. Parental supervision is always needed.
The line is attached to your dog's/puppy's collar, and the other end is left to trail on the ground. If your dog goes for something that they are not allowed to have or something dangerous, you gently and without a fuss draw them away. Saying nothing, as you would be making something of their behavior, and they will repeat that behavior. If your dog/puppy tries to counter surf, just draw them away, by their not getting a reward, over time they will give up. No correction needed, and no sound made. By saying, "no" or "get down", you made something of their attempt to get their way. Next time they want attention, they will repeat that behavior.
If it involves food, of course that is different, as dogs are opportunistic eaters and will try and get food at anytime. We have all heard of dogs that have never gone after food left out, but I have never had one myself! The best thing/easiest thing to do, is to keep the food away from your dogs reach. Some food are deadly to dogs, grapes & chocolate for example.
Long lines are great for the outside to, in the back yard guiding them away from your plants/tan bark etc, potty training your dog to go in the right spot. But again, do not leave your dog/puppy alone, or with children who do not know the proper way to treat a dog.
Use the long line to guide the behavior that you want, in a gentle way.
If you would like more help/advice please call Louise #925-487-9386, or email Louise firstname.lastname@example.org The Dog Listener.
Louise Pay, The East Bay Dog Listener.