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12-18-2013 03:26 PM
Sunflowers She knows they carry Beneful and Science Diet.
12-18-2013 02:19 PM
wolfy dog It could also be that she is experiencing a fear stage, very common in adolescent dogs.
Suddenly they freak out at things they normally not even looked at twice. I would not work with a prong at this stage to limit negative experiences. Walk her in the area of Petsmart and Petco and play and treat her for doing OK. Do not force issues in this stage. That is, if this is caused by the fear stage. Maybe hire an experienced (gentle) trainer.
12-18-2013 12:47 PM
Blanketback LOL! Or maybe it the Chinese treats?
12-18-2013 12:45 PM
ScousePete I bet it's the prices. You've got one smart dog!
12-18-2013 12:38 PM
Blanketback Yeah, it's that time already, isn't it?
A big Happy Holidays to you and yours too!
12-18-2013 12:31 PM
Jillian1104 Thank you! I'll follow up in a few weeks when we make a decision, etc.

Happy Holidays!
12-18-2013 12:30 PM
Blanketback The only things I would add are: if you go with a prong then get a decent one. I suggest a stainless Herm Sprenger, but the most important thing is that the tips of the actual prongs are smoothed - not pointy like the cheaper models. And be careful with Pierre in a head harness if she's a real leaper because she could hurt her neck in one of those. Good luck
12-18-2013 12:20 PM
Jillian1104 Well that's certainly true! We will see. Another trainer recommended a different harness, which is more conducive to training. If she's that bent out of shape over the prong, then (right now) at least I dont think that's the solution. But we shall see.
12-18-2013 12:15 PM
Blanketback Lots of people don't like the prong, but IMO you have to weigh the alternatives. If you can't walk the dog without pulling, which is better: a prong or being cooped up indoors? If the dog can pull itself out of your grasp, which is better: a prong or the dog rushing across the street? You get my drift...really, don't feel bad. Training the dog to walk on a loose leash and ignore distractions is ideal, but Rome wasn't built in a day, lol.
12-18-2013 12:08 PM
Jillian1104 It was a combination of the pulling and the proper heel position. We have an ongoing problem that she is good for my husband when he walks her, but when I walk her, she pulls. In my opinion she doesn't badly, but given the fact that she is going to be/is such a big dog and I probably couldn't hold onto her at a full run, we're trying different ways to nip it in the bud.

And yes, I know I shouldn't feel bad, but I still do! lol
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