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May 18, 2015
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Hurtta Hands Free Leash

The Hurtta Hands Free leash is unique, comfortable, and practical for today's dog owners who multi-task. This leash enables you to walk your dog while using a cell phone, water bottle, riding a bike, or pushing a stroller. The leash length is adjustable from 3 to 5 feet allowing for desired proximity. Each leash has pull-absorbing stretch and the strong neoprene handle fits all.

  • Handy and practical free hand use
  • Super comfy to wear
  • Strong and highly durable
  • Pull-absorbing flexibility
  • 3M reflectors for night visibility
  • Available in two sizes
Size Width Weight
Medium 3/4" For dogs up to 50 lb
Large 1 1/4" For dogs up to 75 lb

Basic Dog Obedience Self-Study CourseTeaching Our Dogs eh Rules of Play Self-Study CourseTeaching Engagement Skills Self-Study CourseThe Heeler's Toolbox I Self-Study CourseHousebreaking 101 Self-Study Course

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience with Ed Frawley

I have a few of your DVD's. I did pick up a couple things in the course that I already knew but wasn't practicing. I really appreciate all the work you are doing here to educate dog owners like myself. We show dogs in the comformation ring but I have been training lots of these dogs in agility and rally o. Leerburg expretise is refreshing.

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Question: Does the Heeler's Toolbox course address the challenges presented training small dogs? I have a 10 lb Bichon.

I have been reviewing your Heeling toolbox, but have one concern. I have a small 10.5 pound Bichon. To me, dealing with a small dog is very different. Does your course address that? I am ready to compete with this exceptionally hard driving little descendant of JR except for the fact that her healing can somewhat weave in and out from me. She forges on the inside Figure 8 and left turns and stops, but is right on with all else. She also rat-ta-tatts with her little feet when we stop. She is so fast that I can no longer say Kaley, Heel; I must have my weight shifted before I just say Heel.

To be broader, do you have anything that would help me?


Forrest's Response:

Hi Anna!

Cindy forwarded your email onto me. She thought I might be able to provide some insight into your situation.

25% of the student body thus far within the Heeler's Toolbox courses have been small dogs – ranging from 8 – 25 pounds. Perhaps beyond 25 pounds they're a medium-sized dog? The feedback has been great. The skills within the course are designed to accommodate all size-ranges. The skill-set and criteria is the same for all, and building the pieces has been successful despite size.

However, there may be some limiting factors. We do suggest a fair amount of luring work in the 'Body Awareness & Conditioning' and 'Head Position' weeks of the first course. I had one student who was suffering from back pain that had to make adjustments in the way she approached this work with her very small dog. Instead of using a baited hand she opted hold her hand higher up... creating space between her hand and the dog's muzzle. Whether the hand is directly in contact with the dog's muzzle or 1 foot above it, both are physical helps that can be used to achieve the same outcome. Her results were great.

The curriculum relies heavily on foundation pieces and behaviors we build away from the heeling picture. This and physical references (touch pads, place boards, barriers, fun obstacles) allow us to manipulate, build, and create itemized pieces of understanding that we can later blend together to create our more complex heeling picture.

If you don't mind bending and moving a bit on behalf of your dog, I think you'd gain a lot from the course curriculum. Current students are having a blast.

I hope this email helps. Please let me know if there's anything else on your mind regarding the course.
- Forrest

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Basic Obedience

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Relationship Games for You and Your Dog DVD

  Outstanding Video. We have a King Shepard, he is 16 months old, huge and excited to do most things, going outside, getting into our H3... it is a chore, and I am on one leg thanks to a Line of Duty injury I received as a Police Detective in Baltimore. So walking this brute is sometimes difficult. This video covers getting the dog in and out of the car, as well it covers the front door, but I like to play, so I went to the food game, and Turk, was able to learn fast not to take food until I say Take. Wait, did I just say that, Yep... and if he can wait for food, he will wait to go out, or wait to get in the truck... or so I thought. So I played the food game over and over and then took it to the front door, having him wait in the middle of the living room while I went through the front porch to the storm door, all the while with my back to him, all the while him sitting in wait.. (I was watching through the reflection in the storm door, so when he did break and I yelled No! Stay!" he quickly sat and stayed... and then next to the the truck he would sit and wait, I even let go of the leash rabbits ran by, leaves blew around and he waited, until I said, "OK" at which time he jumped into the truck.... and it seems like he has pride in himself in getting it right, when he sits there and his attention is caught by a rabbit or leaf, he quickly catches himself and looks over at me for direction... Turk is praise driven, of course he likes treats, but he really like a pat on the head, rub under his chin, and told good boy, great job, etc. When he knows we are excited and apply, he seems to work better. I am a cripple, so when I get him out of our truck and he wants to go up the street for a walk, all I need say is "Home" and he turns around to go home. But this video and the food game taught him patients and that was used at the door and at the truck. Thanks for the lesson they changed the way we go outside, and get into our truck... we are going to get the nosework lessons and the big nose work kit, again thinking it will teach him patience, help strengthen an already tight bound, and help us have fun while teaching him. He is a pet, lets keep it fun.
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