Glossary of Cues for Training Loose-Leash Walking
6 useful signals to use with your dog on walks2 minute read
Here is a handy reference list of all the cues (signals to your dog) that Harper uses to train loose-leash walking:
You'll use this cue to get your pup's attention to change direction or lure her away from a distraction.
Appears in: Distraction Ghosting, Polite Walk-bys, Polite Approaches, Go See, Leave It
You'll use this cue to ask your pup to come close to your side. It's useful when you're on a walk and you need to get your pup's attention or you just need her to come in close so you can walk down a narrow busy sidewalk. This is often paired with a tactile cue of patting the side of your hip or leg.
Appears in: Profit Position on Cue
This cue is useful on walks when you need to warn your pup that you're about to stop, be it at a cross walk or at your destination. Saying "easy" keeps your pup from accidentally pulling on the leash. It's also useful when your pup is walking too fast and you want her to slow down.
Appears in: Nice and Easy Stops, Speed Bumps
This cue is an important part of your permission rituals that help your pup understand when it's okay to explore distraction and when they should ignore it. Saying "Go see" tells your pup "it's okay to go sniff, investigate, or explore.
Appears in: Go See
This cue is also part of your permission rituals. It tells your pup not to explore that distraction right now. The distraction could be a piece of food on the ground or even just a lamp post.
Appears in: Leave it
The leash pressure cue is when you intentionally put tension on the leash (e.g. gently pull on the leash) in order to tell your pup they should come towards you. Most pups pull harder when they feel leash tension, so the leash pressure cue is a clever way to counteract that. It's useful when your pup is distracted on a walk and you need to get her attention.
Appears in: Leash Pressure Cue, Polite Approaches, Go See