The leash is your correction connection. This is a phrase coined by myself at Doggy Steps Dog Training to instill to the customer how important the leash can be in letting your dog know that you’re the boss. When used appropriately, you can use your leash for corrections to stimulate the dog’s brain to get him out of any incessant behavior. With my dog Kugel, let’s just say, for example, I’m on a walk and he’s about to either pick something up or sniff something that I don’t want him to sniff. I oftentimes illustrate — pretend you are a child fishing and you set the hook on a little bluegill fish.
That’s how you want to gently correct your dog to intercept the brain from going to an incessant state, to getting them back to a leadership posture and mindset with you, the owner. So, once again, if you have your dog on a walk, or if you’re working training exercises in the yard, the leash is your correction connection. To quickly get the dog’s attention, to take them out of any incessant mindset behavior.