Well it's almost been a week since Duke has been here. I wanted him to settle in a bit before I really started training him. Plus, to be honest, with Zira being such a pain with her stitches and vet visits for that.... I've been slacking on training. (I know.. bad owner! Bad, bad owner!!!
Anyway, I have been walking them a lot to get out some energy... especially since that's all Z can really do and it's good bonding time for the two. Zira walks excellent... I trained her well and she knows better. She heels VERY nicely (so proud of her
)! Duke, however, I doubt was ever walked... at least not properly and can be difficult. We are working on the pulling and will be starting 'heel' soon. This is not really my issue, it's just a matter of working with him. However, this dog has a nose that doesn't STOP!
I do understand his lines, and that naturally he is just a very driven dog. I expected this. Though, it gets a bit tiring when we are trying to jog or power walk... I am consistently pulling his head up and telling him to move on.
My question is... How do I get such a nose driven dog to pay attention to ME and have him move nicely without pulling his head down every 10 seconds? Am I doing it right by just pulling him forward and telling him to move on? I do not want to discourage him from using his nose as I want to get him into Schutzhund training soon, so it will be a useful tool for him down the road with the tracking part. I love having a dog that has so much drive and curiosity... but, we do have to find a happy medium here. There is a time and place for that nose and our jogs/power walks just do not fall under that category. Now when we are just loose leash walking around the neighborhood, I could care less if he is sniffing around. That's not 'serious' time.
Any tips from you all with these high drive dogs?