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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-02-2008, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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mugsy will not poop on his pad. when i get home from work the pad is wet and he cannot get outside fast enough for his poop, yet he had no problem with using the rug.
is this 'normal'?

and, i have noticed that on some of the tv dog training shows that i have seen that the trainers do like or use the extendable flexi type leashes but they never say why.
anyone know why?

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Can't help you with the pad, but most trainers think that the flexi leads give a dog too much freedom and most people don't know how to use them properly to be safe.


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Joe, some dogs don't like to pee and poop on the same pad. That can very well be why Mugsy won't poop there. Try putting an extra pad down (if you have space, of course) and see if that helps.


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had not thought of that lina, i wonder if a second pad might make a difference, might try it on the weekend.

i don't see that the longer leash offers all that much freedom considering the dog is wearing a collar and a harness.
do most folks here stay away from the flexi type leashes?

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The trainer I worked with said that the retractable leash made it more difficult for the dog to learn not to pull on the leash because most people let them pull in and out, in and out, in and out so they don't learn that they shouldn't pull.

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Joe, I've been using the Flexi for quite a while now and it works well for us. When Pablo was younger I made sure we have at least one walk per day with a regular (4 ft) leash so that he learns how to walk on a leash without pulling, etc. When we walk him on our apartment property, he can pull the leash in and out as he pleases. When we walk near or by a street, we lock the leash and he knows the 'click' very well and just adapts to the shorter leash until he hears the release 'click'. BTW, I still walk him on the shorter leash on a regular basis to make sure he doesn't forget that the flexi leash is only a 'privilege' for certain situations.

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mugs is not a puller unless he wants to play, there is a young cat that walks with us sometimes and they run after each other. i have a variety of leashes (not a fetish, really) but i mostly use the flexi.

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Guapo will not poop on the pad in his pen. We never questioned it, but we do have an extra pad outside the pen since we live in an apartment and we find it easier for those 5:30am poops. Some people think the extra pad is confusing, I guess only time will tell whether that's true for mugsy. Good Luck!


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Joe, I've been using the Flexi for quite a while now and it works well for us. When Pablo was younger I made sure we have at least one walk per day with a regular (4 ft) leash so that he learns how to walk on a leash without pulling, etc. When we walk him on our apartment property, he can pull the leash in and out as he pleases. When we walk near or by a street, we lock the leash and he knows the 'click' very well and just adapts to the shorter leash until he hears the release 'click'. BTW, I still walk him on the shorter leash on a regular basis to make sure he doesn't forget that the flexi leash is only a 'privilege' for certain situations.
This is interesting... Roxie doesn't really walk well on a leash (her training got seriously interrupted with the broken leg and not started back yet ) and when we are just putzing around in the yard or street in front of my house I just let her wander, setting the direction. I feel sorry for her to always have to go my direction! I'm glad to hear they CAN learn the difference in walking on a lead and just being on the lead. I was worried I might be getting her so confused she'd be hopeless!

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and, i have noticed that on some of the tv dog training shows that i have seen that the trainers do like or use the extendable flexi type leashes but they never say why.
anyone know why?

thanks.
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You don't have much control over the dog with a flexi leash. A lot of the time people don't know how to lock them to a short length, and the handle is cumbersome and people can't get to the treats as easily. And the big one is that if you're walking your dog down the sidewalk with 4 feet between you and the sidewalk and you give your dog 16' of room to roam, they can go right into the street and get hit by a car. Almost forgot another reason....YOU can get hurt by a flexi also. My dr wouldn't listen to me and used one and has pins in his hip to prove it. The flexi got caught around his legs and he broke a hip when he fell.

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