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FRED & the belay leash

LANA KAISER

I first saw the belay leash on the Ranch with Grisha - it seemed like it would work well with my Great Pyrenees who had his head on a swivel. This webinar an...

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I first saw the belay leash on the Ranch with Grisha - it seemed like it would work well with my Great Pyrenees who had his head on a swivel. This webinar and the leash handling webinar with Grisha and Mike added to my understanding of the mechanics. The belay leash with the roller carabiner is absolutely the best thing for for Fred, who now walks calmly on a loose and realizes there isn't an ax murdered around every corner.

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Awesome way to safely walk large, pulling dogs!

Laura Glaser Harrington

I work with clients to train their dogs to not pull on the leash, but it's a process and can take time. This innovative technique will allow my clients to sa...

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I work with clients to train their dogs to not pull on the leash, but it's a process and can take time. This innovative technique will allow my clients to safely walk their dogs while their dog is learning how to walk on a loose leash. I'm guessing they will continue to use these techniques, even when their dog doesn't pull as much. I also really like how it gives multiple options for different dogs with different types of pulling behaviors. It will give clients peace of mind, knowing they can keep themselves and their dogs safe on walks. Thank you Grisha!

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We can go on walks! Without potentially dying!

Hettar Küry

Went for our first walk using the belay with a 23ft leash (very large, very fast dog and his used-to long-line length). My dog weighs almost the same as I do...

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Went for our first walk using the belay with a 23ft leash (very large, very fast dog and his used-to long-line length). My dog weighs almost the same as I do and for the first time, I was not afraid all the time that I would fall if he bolts suddenly. Still training my leash-handling-skills, but it makes it so much easier to practice and I feel more confident and able to keep us safe - thank you so much for this incredible idea! Your teaching is really giving my dog the freedom to just be a dog and not live on a work-or-off-to-bed-schedule <3

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So helpful!!

Lauren Marakas

Today's instruction was excellent!!! It was so helpful to start from scratch and show step by step how to put the equipment together and how to use it. It w...

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Today's instruction was excellent!!! It was so helpful to start from scratch and show step by step how to put the equipment together and how to use it. It was the first time I had tried the equipment so really had no idea how to start. Thank you so much for the videos and the demonstrations!!

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practice

Catie Louwers

Can't wait to get my belt together and start some serious practice. Your explanation was great and also good to see what others are using, lots of good ideas!

Can't wait to get my belt together and start some serious practice. Your explanation was great and also good to see what others are using, lots of good ideas!

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You never know what questions you have...

Maxi-Ann Campbell

You can't possibly make all the mistakes yourself, so coming together and asking questions, trying out the skills can provides such a richer experience than ...

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You can't possibly make all the mistakes yourself, so coming together and asking questions, trying out the skills can provides such a richer experience than one can do learning on your own.

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Make dog walks wayyyyy easier with physics!

Leash belaying is a new humane, dog-friendly technique that employs a pulley and brake to make it easier to walk dogs who pull. I've used it to transition off of devices like prong collars or head collars. I developed leash belaying from my rock climbing experience, and it's used to gently stop dogs and more easily maintain balance. It's an excellent way to make leash walking more accessible to people with low grip strength.

Note: This technique isn't about teaching the dog, it's a handling skill; it's meant to be done along with positive reinforcement training for polite walking, which you can find in my Stop Pulling masterclass or Walk With Me video. I highly recommend watching one of those as well as this webinar, because then you'll also know how to do the essential BAT leash handling skills and how to train the dog not to pull. Those don't need any special gear, beyond a 15-foot (5 meter) leash.

The Leash Belay webinar has three parts:
1. An intro to the leash belay in which I explain the technique to the world-renowned Ken Ramirez during an interview.
2. A video of a live session where students brought their gear joined me for an online practice session. You'll get to hear me coach the technique explained in different ways, which is super useful.
3. A bonus video of me coaching expert dog trainer Kathy Sdao and her client with a dog. (This is a bonus because sometimes the camera isn't on them, it's on me, due to a recording glitch).

Recommended Gear: See gear list in the bullet points (you can get it after watching).

  • Suitable for pet owners, trainers, behaviorists, shelter workers and anyone looking to expand your knowledge and skills to support dogs.

  • Sample Gear List:
    - Long leash (15 feet / 5 meters). We sell them on the site in two widths, 3/8 inch (for dogs under 35 pounds) and 1/2 inch. There may be some time to practice non-belay skills.
    - Leash belay system if you have one (my favorite is the Petzl Rollclip with a 1-inch ring like the GM CLIMBING Rappel Ring 25kN (small)), plus a belt that can go on your hips.

  • Make walks fun again for yourself or your clients.

  • Fully understand how to use this revolutionary new technique.

  • This webinar and all of the other classes in the school are included with a Diamond Membership All Access Pass. For one low price per month, you get access to all of our emotionally enriching dog courses. See if Diamond is right for you.

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The Leash Belay in action

Learn how to walk any dog with confidence!

I use the leash belay for nearly any situation in which others might use head collars or prong collars.

  • 3 Hours of Practical Help

    Includes the recording of the 1-hour practice session (including Q&A and coaching from me) and two bonus videos, all with automated session transcripts for accessibility.

  • Resources & Continuing Education Units

    Professional dog trainers and behaviorists earn CEUs from the CCPDT and IAABC too!

    CCPDT: 1 Trainer CEU, IAABC: 1 CEU

  • Continue the Learning

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About the Instructor

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Author

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

I'm a collaborative dog trainer, author, podcaster, international presenter, and keynote speaker based in Oregon, USA. I enjoy developing empowering approaches to dog socialization and everyday manners.

I'm fascinated by animal behavior, somatic awareness, and psychology. I'm passionate about wholehearted living for all beings, including dogs with a history of aggression, frustration, or fear as well as puppies and my other favorite species: humans.

My Behavior Adjustment Training technique (BAT 2.0 and the new BAT 3.0) is used worldwide to help dogs gain confidence and social skills. A conservative calculation is that well over 100,000 people have learned about BAT so far.

I have always loved teaching. I earned a Master's in mathematics and taught college courses, but I found my true calling in dog training. I have been teaching dog training and behavior since 2003. In 2010, I started traveling worldwide to teach dog trainers about BAT. In 2014 I developed BAT 2.0 and also started my online dog training and behavior school, which now has over 100 classes from my favorite emotionally intelligent dog experts. My new podcast, The Lesson is Love launches in 2023.

As an outgoing introvert, I enjoy traveling to cooperative conferences and love teaching about dogs online. I refresh my batteries by savoring life in the woods with my husband (Tom), Labrador (Joey), cat (Garbanzo aka "Adventure Kitty" and "Baby Panther"), and Little Brown Dog (Zuki).

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