|08-21-2013 11:03 PM|
|LookingforLuke||Thank you for the advice everyone, I probably just need to be a little more patient with him. I've been doing perimeter walks around the property and not letting him put any tension on the leash while walking. He's been better, we'll just have to see how it goes next time we go to the dog park.|
|08-17-2013 12:49 AM|
My doberman would do the same thing at first but I corrected it by stopping and standing there. They will give up the fight eventually and then you can proceed. If they are heeling properly, make sure to give them praise or a treat and they will feel good about being where they are supposed to be. They do get excited about being around the other dogs and can smell it a mile away, this is where the focus can be taken away from the scent by offering a treat.
If they don't respond to normal conditioning, you can always go for the Halti dog collar. It leads them like a horse, by the head. They won't pull because it would make them loose balance and tip. It's also a lot less pressure on their neck for correction. Once you use the halti for a while, you can go back to your regular collar.
|08-12-2013 09:14 PM|
6 month old, go for the prong. If you are uncomfortable with it get the plastic one. Start focusing on the heel. Don't expect perfection right out the gate, but its time to start giving small corrections.
For the barking, issue a correction if they do not quiet on the first command to do so. Mine had real issues with barking at other dogs, but we corrected it using a spray bottle.
|08-11-2013 09:52 PM|
|skier16||I live 500 feet from a dog park. problem is its down a steep hill and she loves to pull/leap down it. when my girls is over stimulated I drive so she doesnt form bad habits. sometimes she will simply not calm down. it takes many repetitions.|
|08-11-2013 09:43 PM|
|1sttimeforgsd||I don't know if a 6 mo old is too young for a prong collar or not, but that is the only way that I can handle my two when we go out in public. They learn to self correct theirselves almost immediately, it may not be the answer for everyone but it sure was a lifesaver for me. Good luck with your boy.|
|08-11-2013 02:13 PM|
don't depend on a collar or a leash when you need to train.
when you get close to the dog park and your dog starts to pull
use that time for training him not to pull, to heel, etc. a dog park
is a great training tool. i used the dog park a lot when i was training
my dog. don't wait untill you're going to the dog park for your dog to
run around. go to the dog park several times during the course of a
day and train. you could let your dog enter the dog park as a reward for training.
i use to train in the dog park parking lot. as my dog learned i moved closer and
closer to the enclosure. i trained along the fence of the dog park.
as my dog was getting stronger with his commands working along the
fence of the dog i started going into the dog park for training. when we entered
the dog park i only gave him a few commands. as he learned i gave
him more commands and from a distance. his reward was always
a release and praise and then being allowed to run around.
|08-11-2013 01:39 PM|
Pulling and barking on way to dog park
Well, Luke is now 6 months old and we started bringing him to the dog park to help socialize him with other dogs and people. He's fine when we get to the dog park but we have to walk down a path through the woods to get there and that's where the trouble is.
He's very excited to get to the dog park so he'll try pulling on his leash. At home we use a standard, flat collar collar with a 6' leash which I realize offers no correction but at home it's not an issue since he doesn't pull in the yard with us. Before we go to the dog park, we switch his collar to a martingale collar with chain like shown in the picture below. The chain section of the collar will be all the way choked up on him and he's still trying to pull full force and breathing very heavy - he acts as if he's pulling us on a sleigh. We stop, say "no pull", bring him back to us and say "with me" as we start walking again. As soon as we start walking though, it's back to him all the way at front pulling as hard as he can. We slow down, stop, etc. but sometimes we just want to get to the dog park and get it over with.
Is there a better choice in collar that we should use? Is it the collar, our training or a combination of the two?
The second issue is barking. When he sees another person, dog or kid along the path ahead he'll start barking. His barking is more continuous if it's another dog. We've tried different techniques such as stopping and making him sit, trying to get his focus on us. We also tried making a u-turn with him, getting him to calm down and then try coming back but it's the same as if we didn't stop to turn around. We've also tried using collar corrections while saying "no" or "quiet" and/or getting him to sit but by this point he's already in barking mode. From what I've read, we should try to catch it before it starts, right? And finally, we've tried to walking briskly past the other dog and person. Some days are better than others but it's always a little unpredictable and frustrating going to the dog park.
On a side note, he barks on command when we tell him "speak". I was reading online about teaching him "enough" and I just started this in the house with a clicker and treats. I'm going to try bringing the clicker and high value treats with us next weekend when we go to the dog park.
Is this him being a puppy and something he'll outgrow on his own? A socialization issue? Training? Collar? Us and our technique - you guys can be honest with me!