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Old 01-01-2013, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two days ago I put a regular collar and lead on Lisl and we tried our first walk.

Picture a bull coming out of the chute at a rodeo.

That didn't go so well the first day. It was more of a drag than a walk.

Day two, yesterday. Tried the training collar and things went a little better. She was still trying to show me who the master was and who the dog was. At least I got her to poop while wearing it.

Last night and early this morning it was as if something in that little head of hers 'clicked' and it was as though she had been walking on a lead out of the womb. I can't believe how fast she picked this up. I had to check to make sure it was the same puppy.

She's walking at my left side watching my feet without pulling or lagging. I don't understand how a dog can pick up on this as quickly as she has. Other dogs I've lead trained have taken a week or more to teach not to pull or lag and stay at my feet.

I think I have a really special puppy here and I'm just beginning to discover how intelligent this dog is.

I'm now training her to sit if I stop walking. She learned sit in an afternoon.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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don't go to fast with your training. training has to be reinforced and
proofed. i taught my dog to heel on either side with or without
a leash. if i lead off with my right leg my dog heels. if i lead off
with my left leg he stays. how old is your pup?
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I'm w/doggie dad, don't push the 'obedience' training with a young puppy.

Much better to focus on. -->

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Congrats on having such a wonderful pup.

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Picture a bull coming out of the chute at a rodeo.
LOL, perfect description, I think a lot of us have been there one time or another.
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Thank you for the tips. Lisl was eight weeks on Sunday.

This is my first GSD from working line.

My other dogs were rescues with unknown pedigrees or American bred.

This isn't the first dog I've ever trained, but it's the first dog I've had that catches on this quickly.
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May or may not "stick". Beau was perfect on lead at 11 weeks and a demon at 6 months. Took us awhile to get back to solid loose lead walking outside of obedience ( you know just casual walking without pulling - he could still do a formal heel and then be a bear when we were just chillin')
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My pup it was feast or famine.

At times he'd heal perfectly and walk like he was born knowing.

The next second he forgot EVERYTHING.

Hopefully yours won't took me awhile to understand that he's a puppy they have good days and bad just like us
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She's doing really well on the lead. I'm still very surprized at how she's taken to this. At first, it was as though I was leading her to the gallows and the next day it seemed like she'd been walking on it since she was born.
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My pup pretty much caught on the same way rather quickly..The first time he did not like it at all. After that he saw some other dogs heeling and walking on the leash and he caught on quick. I was told by a K9 handler an easy way for him to learn to stay by your side is let him walk on your left side and have the leash come behind your legs to your right hand. If your pup pulls forward the leash will hit your leg and not allow him any slack. My 9 week old is doing great by this method.
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