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04-06-2014 01:05 AM
LouCastle
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No matter the breed I would seriously laugh out loud and demand my money back if a trainer told me to increase my pace to fix loose leash walking
If you walk slowly the dog has time to look around and that makes it more likely that he'll find something to distract him. If you walk quickly and correct when he's out of position by giving a correction and making a right or about turn, he has to pay more attention to you to avoid the correction. Correction can come from just about any source. Using my methods with the Ecollar, the recall becomes loose leash walking in a matter of days.
04-04-2014 01:42 PM
jjk454ss We have been working on this a lot. While walking I intentionally will walk arounfpd things like signs, benches, trees so that he will watch me. It seems to help a little, but he always is just that one step ahead of me, not recalling pulling, just having to be at the end of the leash.

Now I decided to try the prong again the last 3 days, and he is so good with it. It's so much more enjoyable when using the prong because I never even have to correct him, he just walks so nice.

Anyone have tips for transitioning so he will walk nice without the prong?
03-07-2014 02:46 AM
Harry and Lola Absolutely agree with you about being clear and consistent.

However your comment "If you tell the dog no for walking ahead one time and then let him walk ahead another time then you are just creating a confused dog" does make sense unless you have trained them to do so.

For example on our daily walks I give Harry and Lola the command "ok go" they can loose lead or off lead (depending where I am) in front or behind me as I am giving them permission to and I have trained them to recognise this freedom. When I give them the 'heel' command, they will fall into my left and heel properly.

By differentiating the two on our walks means Harry and Lola understand my instructions on both allowing freedom and expecting them to heel, if you did not train your dog to this, then yes I agree with you that by only doing a training exercise every so often as opposed to consistently will create a great deal of confusion for your dog and frustration for the handler.
03-07-2014 02:32 AM
boomer11
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
Boomer have you trained your dog in obedience and to what level?

How many years experience do you have training dogs, any breed.

In terms of obedience trialling, your dog must be able to heel at both a slow and fast pace. However, when exercising your dog or just walking for enjoyment, picking up your pace for some dogs enables them to move better than just meandering along, it is also good for the owner - gets the heart moving.
I don't really have any experience, I just watch a bunch of videos on YouTube.

There are many many ways to get loose leash walking. You can use treats and a happy voice or use a prong and a mean voice or use an ecollar and not say a single word. Do what you are comfortable with as long as you are clear and consistent. If you tell the dog no for walking ahead one time and then let him walk ahead another time then you are just creating a confused dog.

Loose leash walking isn't about walking, it's about getting the dog to pay attention to on you or at least keep your movements in the corner of their eye. That's why when people first start out they make a lot of random change of directions so the dog has to pay attention to them. Or at least that's what they say on YouTube......
03-07-2014 01:37 AM
Blitzkrieg1 When my dog is on a heel she moves at MY pace however fast or slow that may be... Adjusting your pace for the dog covers up a training failure unless there is a physical disability.
03-07-2014 01:07 AM
Harry and Lola Boomer have you trained your dog in obedience and to what level?

How many years experience do you have training dogs, any breed.

In terms of obedience trialling, your dog must be able to heel at both a slow and fast pace. However, when exercising your dog or just walking for enjoyment, picking up your pace for some dogs enables them to move better than just meandering along, it is also good for the owner - gets the heart moving.
03-07-2014 12:50 AM
boomer11 I actually own a little Chihuahua.

No matter the breed I would seriously laugh out loud and demand my money back if a trainer told me to increase my pace to fix loose leash walking
03-07-2014 12:25 AM
Harry and Lola Boomer I am interested to know how many years you have with training a German Shepherd.

You come across as very young?
03-07-2014 12:17 AM
boomer11
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I have discovered that by me picking up my pace a little more, he is better - he just needs a faster pace from me.
Lol not sure who's walking who if you're going at his pace. I guess you also stop when he decides to stop?
03-06-2014 11:36 PM
jjk454ss
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
I had a similar problem with Harry.

I have discovered that by me picking up my pace a little more, he is better - he just needs a faster pace from me.

I also did the following for a little while constantly :-

Used a martingale collar, picked up my pace and kept lead loose. Every time he went slightly ahead of me and the lead tightened, I stopped, called him back to heel position and we started again - every single time.

Also, imo you don't have make him heel at your side all the time when on walks, using a 6 foot lead or off lead if you can, sometimes allow them to wander as they please enjoying the smells and sights etc. As long as you can call him to heel when you instruct.
Thanks for the reply. I have tried walking faster, it definitely works, but I don't always want to have to hurry to feel like I'm trying to keep up. And I agree with the loose leash, I'm not to concerned about a perfect heel.
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