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walking dog on leash, help!!!!

after 5 years of being unsuccessful with this, and it's all my fault, i am asking once more for advice. here's the rundown. my dog does not walk nice on a leash, ever because i have not been consistent in training. here's my issue. our walks are all about doing his business. he walks first thing in the morning and again late afternoon and always, he poops. the few times i have tried training with the "look at me" treat in hand etc. he is so focused on me he will not focus on doing his business! sometimes the above training doesn't work cuz he wants to smell everything and he's pulling like a mule and i can't get him to settle down to start training. now that the weather is warming up i thought about setting up an additional walk in the morning to just train with a nylon leash etc. any suggestions? i need help, now that he's on prednisone, he's soooo wired it's become a bigger issue than ever!
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Oh My, I can so much empathize. My Linus is almost 1 yr, we walk early every morning in the dark (before I have to go to work). He does get his business done--- marks every bush and corner--- pulls like a sled dog to get where he wants to sniff (which is everything). And absolutely does not want to "dance with who brought him" to the walk. I also blame it on my lack of consistency----so will closely follow any advice that shows up for you...
Thanks for asking about this. We tried puppy classes earlier, and will try more classes, but he is so excited to just be around the other dogs that he pays absolutely no attention to me or what I am trying to get him to do at all, and is like a crazy dog to try and get to the other dogs there. (not vicious, just nosey)
And I still love him like a child.
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Is your biggest concern the pulling? Have you tried something like the Easy Walker harness? http://www.puplife.com/Shop/Control/...id/0/SFV/32255 I've heard good things about it.

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I use the Easy Walk Harness and I love it. Max pulls like a mule, also. But when I put the harness on him, the instinct to pull is squashed. I correct Max with a short pull to the side, which throws him off balance and interrupts the instinct to pull. Science or not, it works with Max.

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i have tried all harneses/gentle leaders, etc. nothing works.
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The instinct to pull back on a leash when you're being pulled is great, both in human and dog. The key to leash walking is quick, light, wrist-snap tugs when Fido pulls along with a correction, "no". Much praise is needed when walking is done nicely.

The best thing to do is start with the dog sitting by your side. Say "Walk" or Let's walk" or whatever you want your command to be. I use "stay with me". If the dog starts to pull or walk ahead, stop immediately, back up two feet and start in the sit position again. You may have to do this 50+ times. It's to teach Fido that no forward motion will take place as long as pulling is happening.

So sit, "walk" and immediately stop if he pulls. To encourage the dog to stay at your leg and follow your commands: use a piece of treat, held by your leg, low so the dog knows it's there. Cheese works good, and they can chew on it if they want, as long as they continue to walk.

Consistency is key. Rico walks fine with me, but won't stop the pulling with my DH, cause he knows he can get away with it. Hard thing, but worth the time and effort.

If you are on your duty walk, make sure the dog knows this is his time. Don't confuse duty walks with structured "Walk" walks. A structured walk and just a loose leash walk are two different things.


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I had great success with "halti" collars, but it really breaks Rico's spirit so I don't use them unless I'm doing training.


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We had an easy walk for MacGyver. It worked well for the pulling, but he slipped out of it a few times, so we stopped using it.

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all this advice is good but here's the problem. he gets a whiff of the outside and he goes bazerk! getting him to give me a moment of calmness won't happen. he pulls, running down the drive way with such force, he gags because he's pulling so hard and i can't keep up fast enough with him.
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You need a halti collar! Plus a lot of patience! It can be done.

After he has relieved himself start. Just stand there, command him to sit, give him a treat and start. You have to train him. He has already trained you!


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