Leash training help

  
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Queen- Chione's- Gift

Snowy - 100% Puppy!
 
 
Barked: Mon Jun 2, '08 6:48pm PST 
Snowy is just about 7 mos old and has decided to REALLY pull on the leash now. Any suggestions on training her not to pull? I'm not crazy about "choke chains" -- especially the kind with those barb things on them -- and I tried wrapping the leash around my hand to make it shorter (which really hurts!), making that "tch" noice Cesar Milan makes and pulling the leash but, I swear, I think she laughed at me! Anyway, any tips would sure be appreciated since she's now 60+ pounds, I'm only 125 pounds and I have a hard time holding her back when she really gets going!
Tiare`

Tiare' the boat- dog
 
 
Barked: Tue Jun 3, '08 11:43pm PST 
When I started pulling my mom around - she got a Sporn harness. She got it at Petsmart and she and my dad were completely amazed that I walked like a different dog. My mom is not a fan of anything that chokes or causes pain either. It did exactly what it said it would and with continuous training I rarely need to wear it anymore. A little tricky to put on and takes a minute but totally worth it. I was pulling my mom's back out!
Xena

Beautiful- Princess
 
 
Barked: Fri Jun 13, '08 8:42pm PST 
Snowy, ya gotta learn to listen to yer Momma!! My momma took me to training class and they use the choker chain. It made me pay attention the first couple of weeks but then I wouldn't listen anymore so Momma got the collar with the prongs on it. She didn't want to use either of those but they don't hurt. The class leaders put the collars on the peoples arms and used them like they do on pups so they would know what it feels like. When used properly they don't hurt, they just let us know who is in charge. I know my momma is the alpha "dog" because when I try to be the boss, she puts that collar on me and I know who the REAL BOSS is!!! It is my momma and I love her very much!
Hey, I just had my first birthday and my momma is really really old (don't tell her I said that) BOL so I know she is lot's smarter than me!!!
Most of the time I only wear the prong and chain collars when we go for walks in case I see something that gets me so excited that I forget to listen to Momma!!! wink

Queen- Chione's- Gift

Snowy - 100% Puppy!
 
 
Barked: Tue Jun 17, '08 5:16pm PST 
I ordered one of those Sporn harnesses for Snowy (thanks for the tip Tiare!) and so far it works! The first time I put it on and went for a walk with her was like a small miracle. Hopefully she won't get "immune" to it. If she does, I guess I'll have to break down, follow Xena's advice and get a prong collar. frown So far so good though! Thanks for your help guys!

Mary Jo and Snowy
Tiare`

Tiare' the boat- dog
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 22, '08 11:27pm PST 
Way to go Snowy! We are so glad it is working for you two! Keep us posted! We have alot of skunks, feral cats and raccoons here in the harbor and I used to lunge and pull to get at them. My mom did not think this was fun and that's when she found the harness. Lots of woofs!
Tiare'
bean (SASHA)

Superman had- Krypto (like me)
 
 
Barked: Sun Oct 19, '08 7:47am PST 
We use the halti collars that fit over the nose. this really works. Also remember to use another leash on a harness.(Bean likes to slip her collar when frightened)
bean (SASHA)

Superman had- Krypto (like me)
 
 
Barked: Sun Nov 2, '08 7:16pm PST 
Mom is going to try the illusion collar . She has it on her christmas list because its pricey but Tobias has problems walking on a leash and meeting other dogs, I just pull a little too much . We will let you know if it works after Dad buys it.
Frost

Frost, Texada- Princess...or- else!
 
 
Barked: Tue Nov 18, '08 7:44pm PST 
Try turning as soon as the pups shoulder is past your knee, it may take a few fast turns, but soon the focus will be on you and not the horizon
Connor

Never met a- foodstuff I- didn't like.
 
 
Barked: Fri Nov 21, '08 1:58pm PST 
Connor is a 70-pound White GSD mix who was kept mostly in a cage for most of the last two years (at least). By comparison, six weeks in the shelter were probably better. But now that he's "sprung the joint," he can't see enough of the world fast enough! After being pulled 1) down the street, 2) into traffic as he chased a squirrel, and 3) right down into the ground, I bought a harness. I've been trying to "walk" him while I ride my bike alongside. He frequently tows me!

Any suggestions about how to burn off more of this energy? He's an angel in the house and fenced back yard, but he gets crazy-excited when he sees the leash--or the front door opening!
Leah

I love to talk.
 
 
Barked: Sun Dec 21, '08 7:59pm PST 
I had a trainer come in and assist me with Leah as she did not know how to walk on a leash at all. She was between my legs the whole time. With lots of patience and training I was taught to interrupt her when she was pulling or going ahead of me. You start off by doing a light jog with them and make a quick 90 degree turn to interrupt them so eventually they must watch your movements or they end up getting pulled around by you. Walking around polls or trees very close to the objects makes them have to follow your lead..not letting them be the leader. As you are walking down the sidewalk quickly turn around and go the other way. This gives them a quick tug and makes them start paying attention to you. I use the adjustable collar that looks like a regular collar but tights when they pull. Its all about the sudden change of direction to get them to pay attention to you not what they want to do. It has worked extremely well with Leah and she watches my every step. By all means don't be dragging or choking your dog. That's not the point of this type of training. I hope this may help.
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