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I have a few different leashes that I use for Chloe. I have a 6 foot leash that I use with a martingale collar for nightly walks. A retractable leash I use with her flat buckle collar for park walks and a 40 foot training leash that I use for nature hikes.

Is it reasonable to expect her to be able to walk "properly" on different leashes at different times?

If I walk her on her longer leashes will it undue all the training I have put into her to teach her to walk on a loose leash (with her 6 foot leash)?

I've incorporated the different collars to help her "feel" differently with the different leashes.

Is this possible, or am I just kidding myself?

Hope this makes sense.

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Me too.

It's my experience that they do learn which leash mean which activity. Although, when we use Penny's 6 foot 'sidewalk' leash, she has to go to the end of it a couple of times to realise it isn't the extendable leash. She's 7. Maybe age helps the process.
 

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Our 8 month old seems to "get" the different leashes! She walks nicely on her 6 foot lead for our regular walks, but boy oh boy does she get excited when she sees the flexi-leash we use for woods walks! I wondered if the flexi-leash would undo our leash walking, but it hasn't. Maybe because I only use the flexi-leash in the woods......

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I find that with inexperienced dogs a flexi leash encourages them to pull - the anti-loose leash if you will. I feel pressure on my collar - I pull, I get more freedom, etc etc etc. My school of thought is to teach a really good/reliable loose leash first (on a buckle collar and 6' leash) and then teach them to pull on a flexi or tracking harness MUCH later - and yeah - I have to teach my dogs to pull...

If the 40' leash is for woods walks and is not a flexi (I've done this as well - love my long-lines for puppies and boarding dogs), I'd recommend putting them on a harness instead of a collar mainly because if they hit the end of the leash or the long line gets snagged on something they could have a lot of momentum and could very well injure themselves - sure this is true for a harness too - but shoulder or breastbone vs neck is a big difference IMO.

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I find that with inexperienced dogs a flexi leash encourages them to pull - the anti-loose leash if you will. I feel pressure on my collar - I pull, I get more freedom, etc etc etc. My school of thought is to teach a really good/reliable loose leash first (on a buckle collar and 6' leash) and then teach them to pull on a flexi or tracking harness MUCH later - and yeah - I have to teach my dogs to pull...

If the 40' leash is for woods walks and is not a flexi (I've done this as well - love my long-lines for puppies and boarding dogs), I'd recommend putting them on a harness instead of a collar mainly because if they hit the end of the leash or the long line gets snagged on something they could have a lot of momentum and could very well injure themselves - sure this is true for a harness too - but shoulder or breastbone vs neck is a big difference IMO.

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that's an interesting point. It would definitely make the leashes feel different on her. I think I'll look into a harness for the 40 foot leash. thx

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Oh I didn't know this thing! Thank you for sharing:)
 
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