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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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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.

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

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.

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Smaller outer loop goes over the snout.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Attach black safety clip to collar.

Using the Sidekick as a Slip Lead

Step 1

Make one large loop and place over the head

Step 2

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

Step 3

Attach black safety clip to collar.

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