What is the Red Cup Leash Challenge? You carry a plastic cup of water in the same hand as your leash while walking a dog over a set distance. The goal is to not spill water from the cup.

The Red Cup Leash Challenge Is a way of measuring the amount of control and cooperation people have with their dog.

This is accomplished with a dog walking on a loose leash, which is something every dog should be trained to do. Loose leash walking is different from “heeling”. Heeling is having your dog directly at your side with its attention on you. This is a good skill to teach your dog when you need them to focus on you for short periods of time to get by a distraction. Loose leash walking is just that. A dog that walks with, and next to you enjoying the walk while not pulling or putting tension on the leash.


The “happy test”. Take your dog out into the community; the test is simple, are people happy when you arrive, or happy when you leave?
— Glenn Massie

Those with well-trained dogs do not need to yell or shout. A well-trained dog walks nicely on a leash regardless of what is nearby.

When people observe you walking your dog, would they:

 A.     Think your dog is out of control?

 B.     Think it looks like you are walking a prisoner? (e.g. head halter, no-pull restrain type harness, choke chain, prong collar, e-collar)

 C.     Be concerned your dog may get away from you?

 D.    Think it looks similar to holding a young child’s hand?

Training is not about the equipment – it’s about the connection, the relationship, the cooperation.
— Suzanne Clothier