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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Pulling help?

I have a very aggressive puller. She's almost two at this point and weighs 80lbs...more than half my body weight. I've been trying to correct this problem since she was about 4 months old, and nothing has worked this far. The first thing I tried was a gentle lead that goes over her nose, but at barely 4 months old, it accomplished nothing. I used it for three weeks, but it made walks even more impossible because I spent more time making her get up off the ground...I even tried to leaving it on her in the house and positively rewarding her when she left it alone. After that, we tried a pinch collar, but she's incredibly thick through her neck so she pulled against it like it was nothing. I bought one of Caesar's collars made for pullers...lol. I need to introduce him to my dog. I trained her for call-back using an e-collar, which she does very well, but when it comes to using the e-collar to negate the pulling, she doesn't seem to "get" it, which I know is partially my fault because I'll be the first to admit, I'm stumped. She does everything else sooo well, but the pulling issue makes walks insanely stressful for the both of us. I actually dread taking her out. I've gotten to where I just drive to the dog park, which is walking distance. My worry is if I don't get a handle on this, she's either going to end up pulling me down and getting away from me. It's definitely a safety hazard. I'm currently back to the gentle lead...she now has scars on her nose from throwing herself into the concrete on walks to try to escape from it. Hellllppppp!
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Two suggestions:

1. Everytime she gets to the end if the leash, turn around and go the other direction. Everytime. This usually forces the dog to pay attention to you and not get to far ahead or they get yanked. You can reward with verbal or treats when the leash is slack.

2. Just stop walking. When she pulls, stop walking. Don't start again until the leash is slack. The second it goes slack move forward. It gets tight, stop.

With both methods you need to realizes that you won't be getting much walking in. And you neighbors will think you are crazy. But stick with it.

A trainer may also help you use the prong collar correctly. You can't just slap it on and let the dog pull. It's a correction collar, which means to work you need to use it properly.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 07:24 PM
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Post 8 has some useful links:


"I" would lose the GL ditch the prong and forget the E collar. You have run threw a grab bag of tools and it sounds like they have all failed!

Start over, look at the video on training your dog to walk on a lose leash.

And also this:

I believe it will help you develop a better understanding between you and your dog.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 07:27 PM
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Try a prong collar but check youtube or google to make sure you use it right and get the right size.. they are very effective

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 07:28 PM
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I utilized both the suggestions cited previously....they certainly work and help the situation. For what it's worth....the stopping every time she took the slack out of the leash...I believe I made it to the end of my driveway in 10-15 minutes the first time with that approach........but it did help.

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