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Welcome to the
Learning Portal!

We created these videos to help you succeed! Please watch all the following videos in order to learn each step of our training process.

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Online Learning

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Join our free interactive community and connect with others on their training journey and get real help from the Heather's Heroes® team.

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Join this exclusive mentoring group for dog professionals and take a look inside K9 Lifeline. Watch videos, ask questions, get help, learn more!

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Certifications

Reading a Dog's Emotional State CERTIFICATION

Want to learn more about dogs and test your skills? Take our free Reading a Dog's Emotional State Certification Course!

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Heather with her dog on field

Hand Positioning

How you hold your leash can impact how effective you are in the training process.

Heather demonstrating proper leash holding

Holding the leash with both hands, place one hand closest to the dog below the black handle part of the leash. If you need to keep your dog close, place this hand pretty far down the leash and close to your dog's head. If your dog can handle a little more freedom, your hand won't need to be so far down the leash.

This same hand should be positioned like you're riding a bicycle, palm down with the pinky finger on the outside, facing the dog. This dramatically improves your ability to apply the appropriate amount of pressure at the appropriate time, improving your ability to communicate with your dog.
Demo how to hold the Sidekick leash in color orange

DON’T hold your leash in only one hand. Whenever possible, use both hands to provide the greatest security and control.

Demo on the wrong way to hold the Sidekick leash

DON’T hold your leash with the palm upwards. This is an unnatural way to hold the leash and makes it difficult to apply the “pressure on, pressure off” training.

Demo on the wrong way to hold the Sidekick leash

DON’T wrap your leash around your hand. This can cause damage to your hand and inhibits your ability to use the tool correctly.

Using the Sidekick® as a Head Collar

Blue leash
Step 1

Pull leash through the s-hook to make two loops with the s-hook hanging in the middle.

The Sidekick® step number 2 to get ready to put on dog
Step 2

Largest loop (closest to the leash) goes over the dog’s head first.

Proper way to place The Sidekick® on the dogs nose
Step 3

Smaller outer loop goes over the snout.

Step 4

Move plastic stopper to back of head (but not too tight).

Attaching the safety clip to collar
Step 5

Attach black safety clip to collar.

Using the Sidekick® as a Slip Lead

Step 1 for using The Sidekick®
Step 1

Make one large loop and place over the head

Step 2 for using The Sidekick®
Step 2

Move plastic stopper to back of head (but not too tight)

Using The Sidekick® as a slip lead
Step 3

Attach black safety clip to collar.

The Sidekick®

The Dynamic Duo