|Barked: Wed Apr 8, '09 8:56am PST |
|"Its just that when I am out walking both my 100pd dogs and something makes them react then all I can do at the time is collar corrections to prevent them from pulling me down the street "
I walked 260 lbs. of dog 6 miles yesterday without collar corrections. That's 100 more lbs. of dog than there was hooman to hold them back. We not only encountered other people, but loose dogs, chained dogs, dogs charging fences, cats, livestock, cars, baby strollers, kids, skateboarders, etc. Since we had spent plenty of time positively reinforcing loose leash walking with each dog individually, increasing distractions and duration over time, then adding more dogs, there was no need for corrections. The few times one of the dogs reacted we simply backed up to where they could be successful, refocused, positively reinforced that focus and/or calm glances to whatever the dog was previously reacting to and went on our way. While they may work for some dogs, adding leash corrections, hand grabs or foot taps could well lead to more reactivity in others.
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