Learning the Basics: True and Relaxed Grip

As a pet owner we all want the same thing, our dogs to walk obediently with us but sometimes we don’t know how to achieve that. Joshua McCauley, Trip Less Trainer founder, has found a way to help solve this problem. He sums it up in one word, consistency. When trying to modify a dogs behavior, we recommend starting with consistent placement. It is something all dogs thrive off of which will lead to a better connection between pet and handler and in turn, creating a pet that is eager to please. Our leashes help bridge the knowledge gap between pets and handlers. Along with our leashes, it also depends on handlers to have consistent control. We would like to introduce the two types of grips we recommend with our leashes, True and Relaxed.

Our True Grip starts with proper hand placement and what we highly recommend you use. This grip lets you take hold of the leash with unbeatable control using a natural hand position. The thumb is made up of nine individual muscles. As your thumb slips into the thumb tab then your fingers take hold of the leash in a power (true) grip form, they are powerfully drawn by the flexor profundus and will remain in that position which ensures an efficient grip. The power grip will ensure a better handle of your dog if they begin to pull or yank. Combining that with the shortened leash, this will give you optimal control while teaching your dog to stay by your side.

Next we have the Relaxed Grip, which is exactly what the word implies. It is a grip we recommend for those that have trained their dogs to heal by their side with no issues. The Relaxed Grip is a one finger hold, by any of your fingers, that lets your hand loosely hold on to the leash. If ever you need to transfer over to the True Grip, it can be quickly done and with ease. The way you will transfer between the two is by connecting your finger to your thumb. You will then slip the leash around to where the leash is now on your thumb. This grip works best when on leisurely walks.