|Barked: Mon Feb 25, '13 2:34pm PST |
|I worked with sled dogs for a couple of years and although the majority of them were purely sled dogs, some of the pointer cross dogs were also pets and used to be taken for walks as well as out mushing...
After a while, Marley will naturally start to differentiate between the harness and a leash... The pointers always knew If I walked to their kennel with a leash, they would always look rather disappointed, knowing that they would have to behave and walk nicely but if I approached with the harnesses, it was game on and I've never seen dogs look so excited!
As for building up his strength to pull, I would start small... Maybe pulling the scooter with you running beside it instead of standing on it. If you can run alongside the scooter, you can encourage Marley to run faster without the sudden weight of a human to pull. Build him up slowly. After a while jump in the scooter for 10/20 meters and then jump off... This is how we trained the younger dogs to pull... It's all about building up his muscles. Pulling in harness uses muscles in his chest and shoulders that he probably hasn't used too much before.
Scooters are brilliant fun for you and Marley and no doubt Marley will have a ball pulling you, but start small. Build his pulling strength up gradually and always encourage him to pull in harness... You could even try jogging with him in harness, encouraging him to pull at the start and build up to a scooter...
Using the cue 'hike' is what we used... Teach Marley that 'hike' means pull and you're on the right track. That way, when you're walking him on leash and you don't use 'hike', he'll know that it's not time to pull
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