Patience and perseverance. We use a prong collar, (not everyone agrees with this so there could be a debate). It doesn't hurt if my boy does not pull, and even then it is just uncomfortable. I don't pop it during walks. I just let him "self correct". He pulls it gets uncomfortable. He stops pulling it feels better. And I don't let him get ahead of me if I see another dog. I've taught him that I expect him to be by my side and to keep on moving. If you dog spends more than a few seconds looking at another dog, they will want to go over to the other dog and when they cannot they might get frustrated and start barking, pulling, etc. If he turns his attention away from the other dog and looks at me instead, that is when I treat him. If he is focused on the other dog, I could drop an entire roast beef in front of him and it wouldn't matter.
I also took a class with about 8 other dogs and handlers and spent the entire first class in the corner saying "look at me". My boy already knew the obedience commands. I wanted him to see that we could be near other dogs and he didn't have to go and greet them. Was he perfect by the end of the class? No, and he still isn't...but he is much much much better!
And watch the timing of the dropped treats! You don't want to reward the wrong behavior. The time to treat is BEFORE he gets ramped up or after he calms down. Not during, otherwise me may think "I bark at the dog, I get a treat".
Patton CGC BH
Chief one and a half years old
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.