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Halting Halti fussing
I'm a first time GSD owner that needs some advice please. We got one and a half year old Dingo from the pound 2 months ago and we really struggle with her walks. She's has a strong prey drive and is quite aggressive toward other dogs. We've tried walking her with a harness, command collar, prong collar and about a week and a half ago tried a "Walk n train" which is similar to a Halti. When she doesn't fuss with it, it's a miracle worker and is fantastic. However, she just doesn't like the head collar and at least once a block, puts on her brakes and tries to pull it off with her paws or bites at it. Should I just be patient with her and keep trying it or switch over to something else. I would really appreciate any comments, we're both about at our wits end!
Thank you so much!
Be patient. She'll learn that balking and fighting the halti will only result in providing a correction from the halti itself.
My 4 year old GSD has used a halti since he was in his first OB class as a youngster. He would balk every once in a while, but I ignored him and continued on. So if we were walking, I'd continue to walk. If he was at a sit or down and he tried to rub the halti off, I'd ask for a 'heel' and we'd continue on as if nothing happened. I never tried to correct the behavior - he was correcting himself.
He now walks perfectly on a leash. When out in public, I still put the halti on him because he isn't a social butterfly and everyone wants to pet him. Seeing the halti, they think it's a muzzle and stay away.
Every once in a while he'll rub his head on my leg when we are just standing there. But it's rare. When he sees the halti, he knows we are going somewhere and he gets excited.
Personally I would take a few steps back. You haven't had the dog for that long. If she could not be controlled wearing a prong collar, I would be reluctant to suggest any sort of head collar. I would focus on obedience, control, and respect at home. She needs to learn these things under a lower threshold where she is successful first, or it's never really going to translate. You don't want a walk to be a physical struggle. There's no reason a dog that is dog aggressive and easy to stimulate needs to be going on walks. Can she get exercise playing fetch with you, doing agility training, swimming? I would do something like that and then work on obedience and control so that she is rewarded and successful *before* throwing in a lot of distraction or things that obviously arouse her aggression or prey drive.
Post 8 has a lot of links I think are helpful. :)
And add these:
Wheres my sanity: Sit on the Dog, aka: The long down
Thank you so much for the replies. I'm going to take a step back and hold off on the head collar for a while. She's still getting used to her new environment and taking walks so I'll focus on having good experiences and slowly introduce to the head collar over time. I appreciate your help!
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