|08-20-2013 03:53 PM|
|KateGirlxx||We have a harness on it's way, but I'm not one to think that it will help much. I think it allows them to use more of their body to pull, but we will see! I will definitely look into getting some better treats, or at least ones that she would be more interested in. Thanks, everyone for your input! Much appreciated|
|08-19-2013 10:00 PM|
I have the same issue with my Ziva. She isn't much interested in food on walks. Squeaky toys help redirect her attention back to me sometimes. I still use all the techniques the trainers suggest (ie: stopping, zigzagging, u-turning). She too is a work in progress.
I found the Easy Walk harness to be very helpful. Although she can still pull, she can't pull with nearly the force as with a flat collar. Plus it doesn't cause gagging and/or trachea damage pulling does with a flat collar.
Hope this helps. Good luck with the training.
|08-19-2013 09:16 PM|
For loose leash walking this is what I did with Cinder:
I used a clicker but you can use a marker word such as "yes, good, etc." It's just used to mark the behavior that you like. If you're new to clicker training I believe there's some threads stickied in the training section or you can do a search. It's pretty easy once you get the timing down.
So I started in the house which has the least amount of distractions. I would start walking two or three steps and then I'd turn around. As I turned and started walking the other way I'd say "walk with me" but you can use another command or nothing (the leash tension will be learned by the dog as the signal), but having a command is useful. Then when Cinder turned and relieved the tension on the leash I would click which was useful in bringing her back to me because she knew she'd get a treat. Once she was used to this in the house I took her into the backyard. I never got to the front yard 'cause I only had her for a week and she was very reactive to people/dogs/other animals but for your puppy this should work. The key is to get it down pat with no distractions, then slowly increase the distractions as you go.
As far as treats go, Cinder was very uninterested in things like chicken, cheese, etc. I got one of those food logs they have in the refridgerated sections of the pet store and cut it up into little cubes. THAT got her attention. So I would suggest that. You could also try hotdogs or other high value treats.
|08-19-2013 08:51 PM|
|KateGirlxx||Thanks for the replies. We really don't like to use table food (hot dogs, etc.) as we're trying to keep her disinterested in it. We have three different types of treats now and she likes them well enough, just not enough to really want to work to earn them. I will definitely try taking treats with me on walks, though. Thanks!|
|08-19-2013 10:22 AM|
|08-19-2013 10:13 AM|
|erfunhouse||Increase the value of the treat---lamb lungs, hot dogs, cheese...To teach Sabo to walk (still a work in progress, but getting better) I place a hot dog in my hand, and walk with it at my side, every 5-10 steps it slips out...but for the most part he keeps focused into my hand. Unless another dog comes along.|
|08-19-2013 10:10 AM|
Hey everyone! I'm new here. My boyfriend (kpoage20- he's posted on here before) and I just adopted a sweet 3 month old GSD/Malinois from the shelter. She's absolutely perfect and pretty much the light of our world . We've had her for less than a week and she's already house trained (except for maybe two accidents from us not watching her closely), knows sit, stay, down, and leave it. She's an angel, except that she pulls while walking. It's getting quite ridiculous. I have tried everything: having her sit and wait until she calm before continuing, turning around and going in the opposite direction of which she wants to go.. None of it is going. It's not a big deal now, but I know she will be a lot larger soon and this won't be acceptable. Any kind of tips or advice to stop this is greatly appreciated!
Also, she's not very food or toy driven. She recognizes that when she does something good she gets a treat, but doesn't really care for the treat or toy. Any ideas as to how I can get her more interested?