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    Default Re: I can't walk my own dog.

    This is my advice. Train at home first... Then you control the situation - no new smells and the like to distract you. Teach him to walk either beside you or behind you consistently. Use a command to bring him back to position (usually "heel"). If he walks ahead of you, stop, give the heel command and walk the other direction. You can also "snap" the leash (not a tug) to make a sound to catch his attention so you can give the heel command and then walk the other direction. You can also use the "snap" to signal that you're about to turn or change direction. He needs to stay on one side and not criss-cross infront or behind. You may need to hold the leash really close at first to keep him by your side. When I start training an adult (or a big puppy) for the first time, I usually hold the leash in my left hand, have the leash go behind me and I hold the end of the leash on my right hand close to the dog's harness/collar while he walks on my right side. This way, the dog will have to run full speed to pull me. When he's at home you can usually maintain eye contact when walking so you can encourage him with "good boy" type praise when he's in proper position. When he's walking properly and learning your commands, then you can take him outside and do some rehearsals until he's ready for the big walk.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. Your dog probably doesn't do this, but for those reading this thread who is using the leash for the very first time - you might experience that the dog will rush forward, get to the end of the leash and gets surprised by the pull-back, so he turns and tries to bite the leash. Don't reprimand the dog or say negative feedback. This will only make the dog associate bad feelings with the leash. Instead, stop, call the dog to come to you and then give praise. You may have to repeat this a few times before the dog learns that there's this leash, and it's all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    This is my advice. Train at home first... Then you control the situation - no new smells and the like to distract you. Teach him to walk either beside you or behind you consistently. Use a command to bring him back to position (usually "heel"). If he walks ahead of you, stop, give the heel command and walk the other direction. You can also "snap" the leash (not a tug) to make a sound to catch his attention so you can give the heel command and then walk the other direction. You can also use the "snap" to signal that you're about to turn or change direction. He needs to stay on one side and not criss-cross infront or behind. You may need to hold the leash really close at first to keep him by your side. When I start training an adult (or a big puppy) for the first time, I usually hold the leash in my left hand, have the leash go behind me and I hold the end of the leash on my right hand close to the dog's harness/collar while he walks on my right side. This way, the dog will have to run full speed to pull me. When he's at home you can usually maintain eye contact when walking so you can encourage him with "good boy" type praise when he's in proper position. When he's walking properly and learning your commands, then you can take him outside and do some rehearsals until he's ready for the big walk.
    Thank you I will try this. Sounds like great advise. Wish me luck... And no he won't try to bite the leash.... I've been walking since his shots cleared but when he got to strong like at 6 or 7 months I couldn't do it anymore. He got so strong so fast.

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    This is what we use:


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    And it works really well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquareDog View Post
    This is what we use:

    And it works really well.
    I've seen those...they look a lot less menacing than the prong collars of yore (and the one I have). These collars are only effective when you know how to use them. I didn't. I got schooled and then was amazed by how quickly Bo caught on. It was indeed a temporary measure. A friend of mine kept her dog on a prong collar (giant Chow Chow) instead of training him properly. It always bothered me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquareDog View Post
    This is what we use:

    And it works really well.
    Thanks I might have to try it out.
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    Default Re: I can't walk my own dog.

    Good luck .. bullies are deceivingly strong!!! If all else fails maybe get both of you into a couple of training classes or sessions with a trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeusCsmommy View Post
    Well I don't want to use one. He pulls so hard. What if he doesn't care I don't want him getting hurt. He pulls hard and it seems like nothing hurts them. He's slammed into my car doors soo manny times. And just walks away, I'm trying to follow him cause it sounded so loud. I feel so bad. When he does that.
    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    Good luck .. bullies are deceivingly strong!!! If all else fails maybe get both of you into a couple of training classes or sessions with a trainer.
    I was thinking about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    I've seen those...they look a lot less menacing than the prong collars of yore (and the one I have). These collars are only effective when you know how to use them. I didn't. I got schooled and then was amazed by how quickly Bo caught on. It was indeed a temporary measure. A friend of mine kept her dog on a prong collar (giant Chow Chow) instead of training him properly. It always bothered me.
    It is a lot less menacing, and less vicious. Our trainer said that it mimics the mom's teeth on their neck when they're a puppy. It also evenly distributes the pressure of the collar instead of putting it all in the front of their throat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wee Angus View Post
    I had the same problem with my dog pulling and had to resort to a pinch collar. I only had to correct him three times on the first walk and he has been walking perfectly ever since.
    Glad you mentioned this because I use a prong collar at times in my training. Some object to it and that's fine. If someone decides they want to try one they should get a really good one, the cheap ones have more potential to cause pain in my opinion, so if you decide to try get a good one and have someone that "really" knows how to use these correctly and they work fine. For those that think they are dreadful, well it all depends on how they are used. I have worn one myself [not doing anything kinky was just seeing how it felt] and had a trainer put one on my forearm and use a correction. If used correctly they do not inflict pain.
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    By they way I have and still use a harness when walking, or the prong colllar. I also have a conventional flat collar but I do not walk Ace with it or train him on leash with it. In my opinion a conventional flat collar has far more potential for injury than a well made prong collar used correctly

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    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    This is my advice. Train at home first... Then you control the situation - no new smells and the like to distract you. Teach him to walk either beside you or behind you consistently. Use a command to bring him back to position (usually "heel"). If he walks ahead of you, stop, give the heel command and walk the other direction. You can also "snap" the leash (not a tug) to make a sound to catch his attention so you can give the heel command and then walk the other direction. You can also use the "snap" to signal that you're about to turn or change direction. He needs to stay on one side and not criss-cross infront or behind. You may need to hold the leash really close at first to keep him by your side. When I start training an adult (or a big puppy) for the first time, I usually hold the leash in my left hand, have the leash go behind me and I hold the end of the leash on my right hand close to the dog's harness/collar while he walks on my right side. This way, the dog will have to run full speed to pull me. When he's at home you can usually maintain eye contact when walking so you can encourage him with "good boy" type praise when he's in proper position. When he's walking properly and learning your commands, then you can take him outside and do some rehearsals until he's ready for the big walk.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. Your dog probably doesn't do this, but for those reading this thread who is using the leash for the very first time - you might experience that the dog will rush forward, get to the end of the leash and gets surprised by the pull-back, so he turns and tries to bite the leash. Don't reprimand the dog or say negative feedback. This will only make the dog associate bad feelings with the leash. Instead, stop, call the dog to come to you and then give praise. You may have to repeat this a few times before the dog learns that there's this leash, and it's all good.
    I think this is good advice on how to walk on leash and teaching the "heel" command. Since getting Ace I have tried two trainers, both of the trainers and everything I have read on this subject is basically the same advice as you have given here.

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    When he starts to walk ahead, You could also try turning around quickly and going the opposite direction if just stopping doesn't work. That has worked for me in the past when training.
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