Why off leash training is important:
It is best to train off leash as much as possible and if it’s safe. Because your dog does not generalize, commands that are learned while on leash may not be understood while off leash. When we really need the dog to do something, he is usually off leash. Such as when playing at the dog park, at home or chasing a squirrel into traffic.
Read up on local ordinances and leash laws to make sure you know where your dog is allowed off leash. Always begin training in a low distraction environment to help your dog succeed.