Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Panama City Beach Florida
Pulls when he wants to get somewhere!
Ok--help needed!!! Blue has been through 3 different training classes. In the last one, even the instructor (DogSmith instructor) could not get Blue to do what she wanted and she's the professional! Blue will literally pull me over to get where he wants to go. I've tried the gentle leader (he still pulls although not as hard), a prong collar (ha!--he just ignores corrections with that and will just about choke himself out trying to get where he wants to go). He ignores treats and has actually spit them out during training if he is more interested in what he wants to get to. We've also tried the NILIF method but without much success. And I've tried the "turning around so he doesn't get to go where he wants" method too but he just pulls even harder when we turn back around to go in the direction we were originally headed. He is 2 years old, 100 pounds and soooo strong! He's very friendly and thinks that every dog he sees is a friend to play with even though I do not allow him to go up to every dog we come across. If we are out somewhere like Petsmart or the beach, or at the local outdoor concerts, etc. he pulls and pulls until my fingers hurt from trying to hold him back. My husband is a bit better at controlling him since he is bigger than I am, but usually this is done with a harsher correction and a stern tone. The Dogsmith instructor wanted us to use the high-pitched happy voice and honestly, Blue just ignored that...even when she tried it on him herself. Any ideas of what to do to get him to be a normal dog when out in public instead of pulling me around like he's a draft horse? I'm at my wits end! I wish there was a doggy bootcamp around here for issues like this--I think I would seriously consider sending him! He's good with basic commands, like sit, down and stay, but heeling and walking on a loose leash in public have been so challenging! If anyone else has had success with a particular training method of making a dog stop pulling on the leash, please share!