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Through her work with the large and powerful dogs used by organisations like the Police and Fire Service and through her own experience of breeding Rottweilers, Nina Bondarenko has developed some ingenious techniques for training loose lead walking using reward-based training

In this one-day seminar, filmed in 2014, Nina shares these with us.

Disc 1 - 125 minutes, Disc 2 - 106 minutes

Loose Lead Walking

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Loose Lead Walking by Nina Bondarenko

What do we mean when we want a dog to walk either on a loose lead or at heel?  People know what they don't want but aren't always clear what they want the dog to do instead.  We cannot demand something from a dog until we are absolutely clear.  You must decide exactly what "loose lead" or "walking to heel" etc means to you.  For example, do you want the dog not to lunge or jump at people or dogs, to stop marking or scavenging or to walk without resisting or baulking?

In this DVD of Nina's 2014 seminar, Nina reviews the options available in the current literature such as " be a tree", "penalty yards", "jerk and pull" and looks at head halters, harnesses - back fasten and front fasten - choke chains, prong collars, electric collars and spray collars.

Nina discusses how these tools affect and influence the dog, and she then explores how to help the dog with theory and practice.  Topics include: errorless learning, incremental learning, LAT, directed scavenging and using limited parameters to teach the dog to actively participate in learning.

Nina also demonstrates the Working Wonders Belt and discusses the best situations in which to use it.  Working Wonders Belts and short leads can be found on the Dog and Bone website here and here.


About the author

Nina Bondarenko - is known for her witty and entertaining presenting style that reveals an extraordinary knowledge of all things Dog. As a breeder, judge, trainer, assessor, behavioural consultant, Nina has developed an in-depth understanding of Canine Ethology, Canine Cognition and Communication, the Human-Animal Bond, and how to help us humans talk to dogs and be understood.

Nina Bondarenko is the author and illustrator of the book "Hearts, Minds and Paws" - a lavishly illustrated book on dogs with unusual working jobs, from blood and explosive detection, through seizure alert and response, and including Assistance dogs such as Dog of the Millennium and Dickens Medal winner Canine Partners Endal www.milleniumdog.freeserve.co.uk

She has been training dogs for specific-purpose working roles for over 30 years.Nina was a founder member of the Dingo Study Foundation (Aust),and she studies wild canid behaviour. UTZ Rottweiler Stud was her breeding programme for Working Rottweilers.

Nina Bondarenko has delivered training courses and seminars for a range of organisations such as  Lancashire Police Dog Instructors Courses, City of London Police Dog Handlers, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Dogs Trust, Canine Partners (UK), Customs Dog Handlers, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Services, Florence Dog Rescue Centre (Italy), Accadamia  Studio Cani Communicatione (Italy), Australian Support Dogs, etc.

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