|Barked: Mon Aug 12, '13 5:53am PST |
|When I got Lenny as a puppy, he had zero leash etiquette. I used the method where every time the leash got tense I stopped. I then waited for him to release the slack himself by coming closer to me. The first couple of times I had to call him back to me, but after that I made him figure it out on his own. Eventually the light bulb went on, "OH! I get to go there when there's no tension". Now he walks pretty well on a loose leash and is pretty good about tuning in when I need him to. I don't have high standards though, he can be a bit in front of me or to the left or right or even a little behind if he wants. Just as long as he's not pulling and responding if I need his attention, then it's all good. My other boy got the same method, but we adopted him at the age of about 4 and he had some leash skills already. A harness for a young puppy is a great idea, it will also prevent any resistant or wiggly puppies from backing out of a collar (Lenny did it to me once... it was so scary! Thankfully at the time he just sat down and didn't know what to do lol)
I do not want to spark a whole debate, but after reading your Cesar Millan statement I just wanted to point out that even though some of things he does are good (like encouraging rules and boundaries in the home, and lots of exercise, and to remain calm if you have an unstable dog, and the importance of our body language and reading our dogs) that the dominance theory has been basically debunked and most of here on dogster don't believe our dogs do the things they do to try and dominate us... it's usually just a dog who doesn't know better.
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