Not a Drag: Teaching & Learning Loose-Leash Walking

Mastering loose-leash walking skills is like cooking a good meal. You need the right ingredients, supplies, and an understanding of how to put everything together fluently and set up for success.

Whether you are the person teaching this skill, or the one handling the puppy or dog, it’s important to enjoy the process. Remember, what may sound like a simple behavior to some can be quite an overwhelming task for others. What is another important aspect? Knowing your human and canine learners’ reinforcement history. Have they experienced a stressful event that creates anxiety when it’s time to take a walk? Help them move forward as a team by providing immediate success points that make walking enjoyable for all involved.

In this Session, you’ll learn:

  • How canine communication, canine body structure, and the appropriate equipment can help with proactive planning.
  • How to integrate TAGteach strategies into your lesson plan.
  • Empathic perspectives toward the human element, perspectives that translate to improved loose-leash walking skills.

Join Laura to learn how to teach leash-handling and walking skills successfully in group and private sessions.

Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs.

Laura serves as a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She and her team at Animal Behavior Training Concepts offer private in-home training as well as group classes at Medical District Veterinary Clinic, an extension of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Laura has presented at many professional conferences, including those held by the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association, the Society for Veterinary Behavior Technicians, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Midwest Veterinary Conference, TAGteach International, and the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. This is her sixth year speaking at ClickerExpo.