Us deaf dog handlers can sometimes feel a bit like an octopus when it comes to walking, holding our leash and also trying to sign to our deaf dogs all at the same time!
Trying to hold the leash handle, shorten the leash to the right length, pull treats out of the training treat bag and use our hands to communicate with our dogs can be tricky to coordinate! It’s easy to get tangled, drop our treats (or the leash handle!) or mess up the timing of our hand signals.
And if we’re handling a strong dog who is still learning to walk politely on leash, then we may be at risk of suddenly having the leash pulled out of our hands or even being pulled over and falling.
In this video I demonstrate a leash handling technique known as a “finger lock.” I use this when handling deaf dogs so my thumb is free to give a thumbs up marker. To learn more about clicker aka marker training, please click here.
If the dog has a different marker, like a 3- or 5-finger flash, then this technique also allows you to securely hold the leash in one hand – your other hand is completely free to sign and treat.
I also demonstrate a “thumb lock”. I use this a lot with hearing dogs or if my thumb does not need to be free.
These “locks” are a simple, secure way to hold your leash so it is safe and free of tangles.
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