Anyone who has ever taken any of my classes has heard me talk about my love of long lines. Long lines are basically long leashes. They are not to be confused with retractable leashes (see Sarah Gaziano’s great blog about why you shouldn’t use a retractable leash). Long lines come in many different lengths, but I recommend a 10 or 20 foot leash.
I use it most often for when I take Bailey to the park. I love to let Bailey run and sniff, but I don’t necessarily like to go to dog parks and I definitely won’t let her walk around off leash. So, I put her on a 10 foot leash and let her do what dogs do. The nice thing is that I don’t have to worry about her running off to chase a squirrel, but it lets her have some freedom that a shorter leash doesn’t provide.
I also love to use a long line to practice recall. Again, I can take Bailey to the park and practice recall. When she gets distracted sniffing a tree, I can use this time to back away and call her to me. I can also practice on the sidewalk and not have to worry about her running into the street.
If you get the long line bug, let us know. AnimalSense sells them at our Wells Street location in Chicago, as well at our Oak Park location.
Hopefully you find it as useful as I do. I think you will like the peace of mind a long line brings and I think your dog will enjoy the extra freedom.