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i have little django, the 9lb 3 year old pup who loves to take me for a walk! i do not have a traditional back yard where i can let him off leash to run and sniff etc. i have to put his leash on everytime i need to take him out to do his business so, our walks are very important, it's his opportunity to smell the world, let the world know he was there, etc. having said that i have never properly trained him to walk nice a leash. is this really something i should focus on this summer? my groomer feels the same way i do, let the dog run in the grass and be a dog. sometimes i get a little embarassed when i am walking in the park and everyones dog is glued to their side and my pup is running around everywhere!
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Dora knows the difference between heel and walk. She has obedience titles and can heel perfectly (well almost she lost 2 points on the last time in the obedience heel on lead!) but I let her be a dog and sniff when we are going on walks. I think it is important to let my dog know when she needs to be by myside. I have words that we use- by me when Dora needs to be on my side but I don't use them when walking and I want her to go pott. You would never know how trained she is when she is running thru the grass! We recently added "street" when we need to cross some where.

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I have to go out with my hav, too. I let him "read the news" but he knows that sometimes he can't do it that we are walking now. I know his favourite spots and there he can smell as long as he wants to and then we walk to the next spot :-) My Banzei is not glued to me, he walks sometimes directly behind me though, that I didn't train. Otherwise he's in front but I don't allow him to pull...
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I got one of those leashes that extend 16 feet so pote can still explore his world and if we're around cars or other dogs/people I can reel him in so he's close. He started wandering and not returning to me when I called for him..(a sure sign that he's getting older and that testosterone is kicking in!) but I want him to be able to run about. It works pretty well..

The downfall is that all that I've tought him with 'heel' and such has flown out the window. He pulls on the leash all the time now..expecting me to give him leeway to roam.
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Cesar is not in favor of flexible leashes even though that is all I used with Asta . He was easy to walk - I agree I think there are times that dogs need some space to be dogs .. They can play in our yard but they do not want to be out there on their own - it is hard as the neighbor complains if Cosmo barks - he is just playing but what can you do - it is not a perfect world .
I walk the boys on a 6 ft leash .. They were walking very well together -
Since the remodel things have gotten a little out of hand - and they take liberties .. the logistics are not that easy right now and they have far too much freedom ..
. Soon we head to Tahoe and there they have to be on a leash at all times .. or else a fine .. More Rules !!
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I had the same problem with Tripp. He was all over the place. We have acreage that we walk all the time but when i started obed.classes the trainer taught me how to walk him properly on the leash & it made a world of difference. So now i can take them both all over and not be embarrased.

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