Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southeast Texas
I have a very aggressive puller. She's almost two at this point and weighs 80lbs...more than half my body weight. I've been trying to correct this problem since she was about 4 months old, and nothing has worked this far. The first thing I tried was a gentle lead that goes over her nose, but at barely 4 months old, it accomplished nothing. I used it for three weeks, but it made walks even more impossible because I spent more time making her get up off the ground...I even tried to leaving it on her in the house and positively rewarding her when she left it alone. After that, we tried a pinch collar, but she's incredibly thick through her neck so she pulled against it like it was nothing. I bought one of Caesar's collars made for pullers...lol. I need to introduce him to my dog. I trained her for call-back using an e-collar, which she does very well, but when it comes to using the e-collar to negate the pulling, she doesn't seem to "get" it, which I know is partially my fault because I'll be the first to admit, I'm stumped. She does everything else sooo well, but the pulling issue makes walks insanely stressful for the both of us. I actually dread taking her out. I've gotten to where I just drive to the dog park, which is walking distance. My worry is if I don't get a handle on this, she's either going to end up pulling me down and getting away from me. It's definitely a safety hazard. I'm currently back to the gentle lead...she now has scars on her nose from throwing herself into the concrete on walks to try to escape from it. Hellllppppp!