Please critique my training method. Will it work?
Cydney is 13 months old now, and only walks without pulling on the leash when there are NO distractions around. If there is a car, a leaf, a toy, anything around, she will pull nonstop. When she pulls, I stop walking immediately and have her sits, or do a sharp change of direction. After she sits and calm down, I give the command to start walking again. If the distraction is still there, she bolts off at a full sprint; I've barely taken one step and we have to stop again. For what its worth, I'm using a fursaver collar.
My new plan of attack and only success, so far, is to place her absolute favorite toy (the end of a vacuum cleaner hose) about 10'-15' away from her. Then completely cover my hand in peanut butter and keep it in front of her, as a distraction, while we walk towards the toy. When she pulls, I take my peanut butter hand away, and we start over again. It take 5-6 tries before we can make it the 10'. Gradually, I'll start increasing the distance to the toy.
This has literally been the only way I can get a single step in, before she starts pulling. Eventually, do you think this will work? Or is it just distracting her, from the actual distraction, and not teaching her that pulling will get her no where? Teaching her not to pull, has been the only thing I can not figure out how to do. In fact, its the only reason she did not pass as therapy dog. Thankfully, we can retest!!
I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks for reading this!
Cydney vom Rebel Yelle
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