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A leash is a great tool for bitework. It’s almost ever present, on our person or attached to our dog.
Reinforcing a Recall
One of the best places for using a tug on the leash for reinforcement is on Recalls. Often a handler calls a dog and she comes flying back on recall but there is no reinforcement handy. If a dog is conditioned to tug on the leash, the handler will almost always have a cookie to reinforce a great Recall.
Tugging on Lead as Distraction
Teaching a dog that biting the leash is a cookie comes in handy for managing him in a distraction filled environment. It’s no different than working with cookies.