|Barked: Fri Jul 1, '11 3:48pm PST |
|Wawa, a tank of a (and very lovable) APBT I am currently working with at the shelter has a REAL horrid time with leash walking. I know that consistency is key, as I also know that there are many methods out there for training the heel command, however, we have tried a few:
- Positive toy and treat heeling
- Turn the other way when the pulling starts
- A light leash correction, putting the pup at your side
...yet Wawa is pulling so hard in every which way that not only does my hand have leash burn, more so, I worry for his throat! The poor boy is just literally gagging himself! I am more than willing to try any tips anyone may have. I was also contemplating purchasing a Halti or "no pull harness". More so toward the Halti for training purposes for some of the more hyperactive dogs at the shelter (I'm skeptical of the harness for some reason). Would a Halti be worth it? I never had to use one for my own pups, I was gifted with the time of puppy hood training with them. I will not go anywhere near a prong or choke collar, I just don't believe in them...and unfortunately that is what comes up in the majority of Google searches I've been sifting through. I've dealt with Pits all of my life, I understand where Wawa is coming from with all of that excess energy, I try my best to run him and play, but we are going to need to master the leash a bit better for him to get as much exercise as I'm hoping for (and undoubtedly Wawa himself). Thank you everyone, not only would any insight help for me now and in future training endeavors, but it would help Wawa find his forever home.
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