|Barked: Sat Apr 20, '13 4:22pm PST |
|Well, my one year old lab mix is horrible on walks. She pulls and pulls and pulls and no matter what I do I can't stop her. I get so frusterated that I feel like hitting her... But I don't want her to be afraid so all I do is pull her close to me and pet her for a momentent to calm me down. We weren't even close to being down with our walk when I decided I'd had enough and drug her back to the house.
Now, I thought I had this problem fixed a while back. I had her walking okay on the leash and I felt pretty good about myself. Then, my neighbor joins me on a walk one day and did nothing at all to help my training (He would run ahead and try to get her to pull on the leash.) I told him several times not to do that but that just made him do it more. Since then I've refused to go on a walk with him but Sassy's good behaviour had already been affected.
Now, she pulls to the side instead of forward. I do all I can but I find it hard to correct that sort of pulling. I used to stop and wait for her but she's now too strong for me to be able to stand in one place without being pulled over. So, I've tried jerking the leash sharply whenever she pulls. This works when she's in front of me but not when she's trying to pull to the side. I've tried not leaving the house when she's excited, I've tried turning around and walking the other way when she pulls, I've tried warning her when she begins to pull, I've tried treats, everything!
The turn around method worked until she started pulling to the side. I can't really turn and walk across a busy road with cars going down it at 60 miles per hour, can I? So I gave up that.
What else can I do? The only I can think of is make my step dad come along. He's the only one that she will listen to... She listens to me but only when I have treats. But I really don't want him to come because we don't exactly get along the greatest...
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