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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-05-2014, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Prey Drive Building Help

Hello all! I have a 4 month old GSD and im currently building his drives. He loves the flirt pole and chases it all around and goes crazy for that and is tugs. My question is when I put him on his leash and tie it to something and start to tease and play with him with the flirt pole, he runs after it and goes crazy but as soon as he feels the tension on the leash it stops him he turns around and looks at the leash like what the heck and stops engaging in his toy. How can I over come this to where he will come to the endof his leash and just bark and lunge without worrying about the leash? Off leash he goes nuts but when that least stops him and jerks him hard he immediately stops and starts trying to get off the leash etc. Any suggestions would be great..thank you all
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I would try him with a harness. In his mind, when he's on the leash and reaches the end of it, he feels pressure on his air. It's causing him to correct himself. So to stop the correction he stops pulling. If you use a harness, it doesn't put pressure on his throat and he'll stay in drive. Hope this helps!

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I would try him with a harness. In his mind, when he's on the leash and reaches the end of it, he feels pressure on his air. It's causing him to correct himself. So to stop the correction he stops pulling. If you use a harness, it doesn't put pressure on his throat and he'll stay in drive. Hope this helps!
^^Yup, this. Mine is the same way. He'll go nuts in his harness, but if I try to do it with just his collar, he will stand back after a couple lunges and just track it because he doesn't want to choke himself out.
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I would try a couple things.

1.) have the leash in your hand and restrain very slightly while whipping around the flirt pole. Slowly increase the tension until you are holding him back with one arm while you tease him with the other.

2.) Tie him out randomly. I do this with my little pups. I will tether them to random pieces of furniture. Let him get used to being tied out. Feed him at the end of the line causing him to pull a little bit to get to the food.

Good luck. Most dogs get over it once they realize there is nothing to worry about.

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2.) Tie him out randomly. I do this with my little pups. I will tether them to random pieces of furniture. Let him get used to being tied out. Feed him at the end of the line causing him to pull a little bit to get to the food.

I haven't heard this technique before. I like it. I can see this working for a lot of different things.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-06-2014, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your replies. I will def try all of your suggestions. Your guys are the best
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