Leonard is just about 12 weeks old, we have done some training in the house and have gone from off leash walks in isolated areas that we know are dog free. Off leash he is great but in the house he attacks the leash, chews it, switches sides, jumps around and pulls (lightly now but when he is big this will be a big problem). I would like to train him to walk beside me and not pull (our old Oes was show trained and could easily be walked my 5 year old brother without pulling; this was handy considering her size). Given this is my first puppy I would really appreciate any tips on how to establish good walk behaviour now so I don't have these issues when he is older. I have read some training books and have an idea of what to do but after failing to break Ru of the habit using these techniques I am looking for new ideas!
We tried once tonight, I bleached my driveway and the street out front of my house (recommended by a few people as bleach is the only thing that kills parvo- though my neighbors may now think I am strange) and took him out. He was all over the place and was good for spurts then pulled and ran circles around me. Every time he pulled I stopped and waited for him to sit and settle down but he would often get distracted again.
Any tips would be so fantastic! Hoping some people with experience will have some solid tips.
|Eevee does pretty well with walking on a loose lead by heeling, which we taught her in class by holding a treat by her nose to keep her by my side and focused on something besides running ahead of me. |
Bailey on the other hand is a nightmare, we have a canny collar for her which keeps her from pulling on walks, and we -should- be able to train her to walk nicely without it eventually, but so far we haven't been able to. She's wonderful inside, but as soon as you take her outside she goes nuts.
|I taught my Lenny to walk by my side by using a training lead, so its longer than usual. Then i got an empty water bottle and filled it with a little bit of gravel stones. Everytime he pulled i stopped and gently shook the shaker. Now i dont even need the shaker at all. He just waddles beside me. Give that a try. It takes a little while to get used to the noise and it does really scare them but then they think that everytime they pull the noise comes. When they dont pull then reward them with a "good boy/girl"|
|Those both sound like good ideas, I will give them a go today. Am going into work and bringing Leonard! Can practice in the long (dog free) hallways.|
|I always recommend leash training with a thin round nylon british slip lead positioned high on the neck just behind the ears, a show lead. It prevents bad habits like pulling in my experience, I think all puppies can benefit from being trained on a show lead.|
|Ok so the vet said even though he isn't done his vaccinations I should start walking him around the neibourhood, sticking to the street and avoiding grass and other dogs. She said this is a critical socialization period and getting used to the walk is a big one. |
We tried walking around the block and Leonard barked at everything, trees, fire hydrants, lawn mowers, other dogs who were in their yards. I tried a jar and some stones but he didn't seem to notice the sound. He did walk beside me most of the time so we are making progress.
|So the jar of rocks didn't work for Leonard, he isn't phased by anything. He didn't even really notice after the second time I shook the stones. But it did work really well for Ru, our rescue dog; after a year and many many different strategies I finally found one that works! After about a block he settled into walking calmly beside me, even when there we kids on bikes and strange people around (usually these cause him to flip out and try and run away which he has successfully done four times this year) the rocks seemed to keep him focused. Thank you so much! |
Leonard seems to do much better with treats and stopping every time he pulls on the leash. But he is a work in progress! Will be doing solo walks for both dogs from now on for sure, they just want to play together the whole time we are out.
Thanks so much for the tips, now that I have the go ahead from our vet to do short walks on the pavement I will be working on it twice a day for sure!
|Yes, when they are learning leash manner, heeling, etc - you really need to walk them individually. Even 2 well trained dogs will happily act like dorks when walked together if you let them!|
|I have resorted to using my halti on Sprocket-it transforms him imediantly to a under control fluffy rather that an out of control,pulling,barking and general hard work pest. The slip lead,training collar and full choke chain he just pulls on,even though he will walk to heel off the lead but I daren't trust to that-my baby is to precious to risk anything happening.x|
Sprox's mum wrote:
I have resorted to using my halti on Sprocket-it transforms him imediantly to a under control fluffy rather that an out of control,pulling,barking and general hard work pest. The slip lead,training collar and full choke chain he just pulls on,even though he will walk to heel off the lead but I daren't trust to that-my baby is to precious to risk anything happening.x
Please keep working with him. Using the halti is just causing physical control - he is not learning (as you are seeing - he does not listen to you without it). Get help from a good trainer to work on this!
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