|04-06-2014 02:05 AM|
|04-04-2014 02:42 PM|
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 03:46 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 03:32 AM|
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 02:37 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 02:07 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 01:50 AM|
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 01:25 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 01:17 AM|
|03-07-2014 12:36 AM|
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