I seem to have trouble with my GSD pulling on the leash while walking him.It seems when I am teaching him in an area with pavement he actually listens once we head for the street where there is grass on the sides he goes nuts and has to sniff everything in site poles ,Hydrants, dried dog urine.etc.He pulls with such strength even my long departed Huskies couldn't compare I had used Halti's,Cesar's illusion device,with no rewards and sadly the Sprenger prong collar which so far is the best tool .Am I going to far with the prong collar.Open to suggestion to correct this problem.HELP
Did you see us walking? LOL This is the absolute duplicate of me & Frenzi.
She's much better on pavement, but the grass holds SO much of interest for her.
Walking had pretty much gotten so obnoxious I didn't look forward to it at all. She's now 90% better and here's what I did to fix it. I did not want to use a prong collar. I use all three every day so she didn't get it in her head that she only have to behave when one was on her.
1. Tool one is the Sensation Harness. The leash hooks in the front so if the furry little truck wants to pull she ends up spinning around to look at me. This really did stop any lunging because she quickly realized and understood the consequence. I liked it because I didn't really have to give her any harsh correction. Any too severe action on HER part simply spun her around to face me.
2. Tool two is a Sprenger fur saver choke. I do give her corrections with this collar when necessary.
3. Regular flat collar. This is the collar she wears all the time and I will use this only with just a leash for the night walk, mostly to assess progress I've made. My "correction" using this collar is to simply stop and stand still if she exerts pressure on the leash (pulls it taut). I then bring her back to a sitting position and we start all over.
Generally, I have more trouble with her on grass so I usually use the Sensation harness or Sprenger choke collar. I will use the Sprenger and flat collar when walking in the subdivision.
I think the biggest improvement has come from ad nauseam repetition of reversing direction when she pulls, turning her around to a sit position and restarting, and practicing directional walking (walking a large square or rec tangle with sharp corners).
We practice 2-3x daily for 15 minutes up to an hour, if it's a big walk.