|09-03-2013 09:39 AM|
You should also consider a prong collar for her. Have someone experienced show you how to fit it and how to place it on - snug, up high on the neck, the way MadLab uses the flat collars.
You can't have her pull you around, that is a safety issue, and a prong collar will teach her that you do have control and she has to listen. Walking should be enjoyable for both of you - I struggled with Keeta walking her on a flat collar for two years, her lunging and pulling like a train despite have done very well in OB classes. Wish I had turned to a prong much earlier!
|09-03-2013 08:57 AM|
When there is tension on the leash the dog is pulling one way and you are pulling the other way. That is not what you want as the dog is pretty strong and walking becomes a battle.
It also makes a difference what kind of collar you use or do you use a harness. Loose collar and harness give the dog the advantage and shouldn't be used if there is an issue of dog pulling.
I use a tight collar placed under the dogs chin high on the neck. This means I have control of the head and the collar can't slip down. If the collar is lower on the neck, the dog has full power to drive forward and can control it's own head ie, go smell this and that, turn head to check that noise etc.
The collar placed on the close to the head means when I lift the leash the head is immediately stopped from what it's doing. This means it can't really pull with it's shoulders. Also a flick of the leash to the side knocks the center of gravity of the head and the dog acknowledges it and looks towards me rather than ignoring and continuing to pull.
|09-03-2013 06:40 AM|
She is a little madam!
Outside of the house Bella just does not listen to me at all, only my OH. When we first got her her lead training was iffy but my Dad helped us and she was pretty good from then on, but recently she will pull me so much and I cannot pull her back as firmly as my OH can, although she walks tons better on the lead for him. In the house she listens to anything I ask of her so I'm not sure if it is my tone or mannerisms because at times she does listen, what is the best way for her to listen to me on walks? I'm using the exact same tone, I just don't have OH's strength. The issue I have is I'm designated early morning dog walker as my OH starts much earlier than I do so she really has to learn that I am the boss too.
Also, drop! Again, in the house she's perfect! The other day I practised this for 10 minutes in the front room/garden by throwing the ball for her and when I say drop throwing a few tid bits on the floor for her to find which she eats. I took her outside about 10 minutes after this session and repeated it exactly the same way and she would not drop it, at all. I just don't understand!
This is an odd one; she just will not toilet in the garden. She doesn't go in the house or anything but she'll hold it in or whine until we take her to a patch of grass about 5 minutes away? We tried standing outside with her until she literally can't hold it anymore and then making a big fuss over it but it wasn't massively effective. I took home a baggy from a walk and left it in the garden so she could smell that it's okay to go outside and she's only repeated it twice, just not sure where else to go from here?