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Dog training

Post by syaigh » Sun May 24, 2020 2:23 pm

My new dog has not been a pet for very long. She is 2.5. Was a stray, boxer pit-bull mix. Very sweet and obedient except when on a leash. When on leash, and in an easy walk harness, she pulls so hard sometimes that it kills my low back and knees. She is very athletic and energetic. She is usually friendly with other dogs, but on leash sometimes gets aggressive.

Anyway, anyone have any tips? She needs a lot of exercise and I do run with her sometimes but her pulling kills my knees and and back.
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Re: Dog training

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sun May 24, 2020 11:01 pm

This is what they told us in the training when I was a volunteer dog walker at the SPCA. Do not tolerate any pulling. At all. The leash should always have visible slack in it. When she pulls, stop walking and correct her. We used a correction collar (it's not a choke collar, people) and gave it a little jerk. Not enough to cause any pain, just enough to get her attention. Not euphamistically "get her attention" like the warden in CHL, actually get her to pay attention. Maybe squirt her with a water spritzer and use a sharp tone. Make sure she stops pulling. tell her to stay next to you. Try again. After 20 minutes of this you will both be tired and stressed so go back home, which will probably be about 20 feet. The next day, do it again. Maybe later that same day. When she stays next to you without any pulling for a while, stop and call her to you. Tell her she's a good girl and scratch her a little. Then tell her "okay, let's go" (the exact words Ike used to launch the Normandy invasion) and start again. You will then have to correct her pulling again. Don't expect her to get it right away but do not accept non-compliance either. She will test you, seeing if you will put up with just a little pulling. The right amount is zero and she will understand this quickly. If the walk is successful reward her. If not, don't. Try to make it so every walk is a success by making gradually longer trips. Between walks remind her that you do care for her and that you aren't just a big meanie. She will learn to understand that when you're angry she's done something wrong.

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Re: Dog training

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sun May 24, 2020 11:03 pm

You could also build a big hamster wheel so she can run any time she wants. I don't know why these aren't a thing.
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Re: Dog training

Post by syaigh » Sun May 24, 2020 11:13 pm

Thank you. :) She needs a giant hamster wheel or an obstacle course. Silly thing loves to jump.
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Re: Dog training

Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sun May 24, 2020 11:35 pm

Train her to jump. Make a little area for her to jump through or over things. Once she learns to do it under controlled conditions she won't be yearning to do it all the time.

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Re: Dog training

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Mon May 25, 2020 12:20 am

One technique that's worked well for several dogs I've trained to walk on s slack leash is to get the dog to pay constant attention to you. Two good methods are a reward for looking up at you to see what you want it to do. Just a little bag of kibble you can dole out as she pays attention to you rather than pull like a steam engine.
And one of the best ways to get the idea across that attention needs to be paid is to change direction any time the leash gets a little tight and the dog begins to set its own pace. She'll quickly learn that any time she's not focused on you, you're likely to do a 180 while giving that little correction MJS mentioned above. Like he said, the correction collar can work wonders if used correctly. It's simply an attention grabber, not some kind of punishment tool.
Also, +1 on building some jumps. Active dogs LOVE agility, and it's not hard to teach at the "having fun" level. It's one of the things I'm planning on being involved with when we get our new dog.
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Re: Dog training

Post by newguy » Mon May 25, 2020 3:04 am

Whatever happened to HLVN/Bogatir?

Is he still alive?

He had some deep dog knowledges.

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Re: Dog training

Post by syaigh » Mon May 25, 2020 11:16 am

Alfred_E._Neuman wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 12:20 am
One technique that's worked well for several dogs I've trained to walk on s slack leash is to get the dog to pay constant attention to you. Two good methods are a reward for looking up at you to see what you want it to do. Just a little bag of kibble you can dole out as she pays attention to you rather than pull like a steam engine.
And one of the best ways to get the idea across that attention needs to be paid is to change direction any time the leash gets a little tight and the dog begins to set its own pace. She'll quickly learn that any time she's not focused on you, you're likely to do a 180 while giving that little correction MJS mentioned above. Like he said, the correction collar can work wonders if used correctly. It's simply an attention grabber, not some kind of punishment tool.
Also, +1 on building some jumps. Active dogs LOVE agility, and it's not hard to teach at the "having fun" level. It's one of the things I'm planning on being involved with when we get our new dog.
Thank you!
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