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I don't know about the aggression towards other dogs, but my wife and I use the prong collar. Our boy is 3 years old and whenver we don't use it, he pulls liek the dickens. We tried and tried to get him to stop pulling, but the minutes he's without the prong colalr it's pull, pull, pull.
With the prong collar, he doesn't pull. So I guess you can say that he's been trained to not pull while on the prong collar, but we can't figure out how to transfer that training.
I'm sure others will jump in with moer/better suggestion.
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1. pulling on leash- i have a 95lb aggressive sheepdog and the only thing that works for us has been a prong collar. if your boy is in full coat, you might want to try a harness or the gentle leader as the prong might not do the trick. i think many people here have had great success with the gentle leader, so they can tell you about that but in the mean time here is a link so you can check it out http://www.gentleleader.com/pages.cfm?ID=29
2. chewing- if it is specific things like the leash or furniture you can try bitter apple spray. if it is people or other things, then i would keep up with the 'leave it' command.
3. jumping- i would reccommend leaving his pinch collar on him in the house (when you are with him to supervise) and a short leash (you can get little 12" leashes that are just a loop so you can grab on to it). when he jumps, gets into something he should, or is nipping, you can easily grab him and tell him no. you dont necessarily have to yank on the leash, it just helps to be able to grab them easily when theyre really wild. your pup will likely respond better to positive reinforcement training, so once you grab him and tell him no jumping you can tell him to sit and give him a nice treat/lots of praise for doing something good.
im sure others will chime in and tell you about the 'nothing in life is free' approach. i really suggest trying that, i have an aggressive and crazy dog and i find that getting him to do something that he knows will get him a treat really distracts him from all the naughty things that he really wants to do.
good luck!! keep us updated!
|I use a Halti-Collar for my dogs when they are on the leash. I have a very bad back and chronic pain. I cannot afford to have my arms being pulled out of their sockets. You can also use it for indoor training as well.
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(Size Chart: XXS (up to 10 lbs.), XS (10-20 lbs), S (21-50 lbs), M (50-90 lbs.), L (90-150 lbs.), XL (150 + lbs.) )
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I had immediate results with the collar. No more pulling. My Dad walked Rags with it the last time he was here. He said it was like walking a 5 lbs dog instead of 70.
Also bitter apple works good for chewing....unless your dogs develops a taste for it.
|My 1 year old sheepie is the same way with jumping on people and pulling me down the street. With the choke collar...he would cough and choke himself down the street, while still pulling me with all his might. Prong collar... worked for three minutes until he realized he was pinched, then he went ballistic on the side of the road, yelping and whining and rolling like he was in the worst pain of his life. I tried to take it off and he then tried to bite me. It took several minutes to calm him down to the point where I could actually get near him and take the collar off without him freaking out. What I found to work better (but not that great) is a harness that crosses over his chest, so rather than feel like all of his 75 pounds is pulling me, it only feels like 20 pounds pulling me. As far as the jumping and bolting at people, I haven't been able to succesfully stop that, to my dismay! I will be reding the suggestions as well!! Good luck!|
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