Learning Portal – K9Lifeline

Welcome to the Learning Portal!

We created these videos to help you succeed! Start with the "Teach Calm and Guide" video to learn about conditioning.

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Learn about using fixed space to create a calm state of mind.

Learn why boundaries are essential in all training relationships.

The Sidekick

Watch the training videos above and follow the steps below for a detailed walkthrough on how to correctly use and condition The Sidekick.

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

Head Halter 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.

Hand Positioning

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.

How NOT to Hold Your Leash

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.

Other Products

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Crate Training

Crate training is about more than potty training; it is a critical life skill for all dogs. To learn how we utilize this tool with our training process, see this video.

Certifications and Assessments

Join our virtual community and connect with other professionals and increase your skills!

Want to learn more about dogs and test your skills? Take our Reading Dogs Emotional State Certification Course!

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Club K9 Lifeline® is for clients, friends, family and fans of K9 Lifeline® to have a sneak peek into our daily experiences with the dogs in our care, including daycare, boarding, and training. All content is available at any time and at YOUR convenience, including recorded videos and written interactive discussion topics. Watch videos, ask questions, get help, learn more!

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