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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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HELP: pulling on walks, he thinks he is a huskey

so miller is doing great, no slip ups in potty training for at least 3 weeks ect...
but he is lacking in one area, when ever we go for a walk, he pulls alot, like i mean alot. So i was wondering if anybody has and ideas, i have already tried food, toys and gentile pulls on the leash. he hasn't responded to anything, so i was wondering if anybody has any opinions on the halti gentile leader or choke check collars. also if anybody has had this problem and how they solved them.

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good to hear the housetraining is going good. Most don't LOL . I have a few good articles but read this one lately. It's Miller Time. http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/leash-walking-qa I like the part about smelling the roses. The walk should be fun and mentally stimulating for your dog. Unlike certain TV trainers, that promote regimental walking , there' s more to the walk than walking. Let your dog smell the roses sort of speak. Excercise and discipline are only part of the walk. Your dog wants stop and sniff, that's what dogs do. Could you imagine not being able to read your email. Well a dog wants to read his pee-mail. LOL The walk is primarily for the dog, in my opinion. It also has benefits for us. Dogs are not waterdowned wolves. But if anyone wants to draw an anology, I ask them , have you ever seen a wolf walk nonstop just to get excercise. ?

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Just reread your post. I missed where you mentioned choke collar. Without going into it, I strongly recommend not using one. End of Rant. Check out post called ,Best size harness for puppy . I like the Easy Walk Harness

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be aware that there is a difference between the gentle leader and the easy walk harness.
the gentle leader is dangerous for small dogs and is known to cause neck injuries. the easy walk harness is the safest. just be aware that if you don't take it off after a walk, your little angel will chew on it. premier will replace them at a discounted price, but best to try to avoid replacing it in the first place. i have replaced one.
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be aware that there is a difference between the gentle leader and the easy walk harness.
the gentle leader is dangerous for small dogs and is known to cause neck injuries. the easy walk harness is the safest. just be aware that if you don't take it off after a walk, your little angel will chew on it. premier will replace them at a discounted price, but best to try to avoid replacing it in the first place. i have replaced one.
Well hello. Where have you been all this time. We need more good advice like this.

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Going for a walk with your dog should be about fun for both of you, but especially for your pup,if he is having fun so will you!I found a soft harness to be most beneficial,it taught Dizzie to walk nicely,and it was comfortable for him too,he used it for about 3 months and then the cold weather came and as he was still not in full coat needed to where a coat for warmth so went back to a regular collar and lead,but by then he was brilliant at walking well on the lead.

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Hi Miller, glad Oreo's brother is doing well in the potty dept. Oreo is doing well himself. Started to leave him at home with the run of the house for about 3 hours and no acidents and nothing destroyed

Oreo is generall pretty good with his walk. He sniff ALOT. I generally don't let him sniff around until the end of our walk and let him play. I do let him pick up a branch or leaf to carry in his mouth like it's his mission to carry the thing home hahaha.

If he pulls ahead of me..I stop and wait till he looks at me. Oreo has learned that if I stick my 2 fingers out..he knows he's in trouble and stops whatever he is doing including jumping on people, biting and pulling on walks etc. He also responds to my verbal command..when I make a "shhhhhhhhhttt" sound..he also stops what he does and looks at me.

I'm going to be getting a great harness I saw a few weeks ago. Friend of mine part owns the Bark and Fritz in Coal Harbor and he carries THE easiest harness to put on for dogs. It's made by a local so i'm not sure if it's sold anywhere else.

Will try to post pics if I get the chance to go down and pick it up today.


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Bumping this up so hopefully I will see it and won't forget to answer tomorrow.
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Narci: High five! miller is still being put in the crate when we go out, but he loves it.

J.J.'s mom: i will be purchasing one soon! thank you
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It's NEVER okay of a dog to pull on a leash. If the dog goes to the end of the leash and pulls, it's because the handler is meeting the pressure with a pull on the other end.

Any dog needs to know how to walk on a loose leash close to its handler.

All walks don't have to be the same. Any dog needs to know how to walk on, on a loose leash, with the handler until the handlers says its okay to do something else. Other times its okay for the dog to snoop around. Any dog needs to know the difference.

This is one of those things that they don't do just because you want them to.

The leash is, more importantlly, a means of communication rather than a means of control.

Friends of ours have an 18 year old Jack Russell who had pulled on the leash for 15 years. On night when we were on a walk with these friends and Jackie, Pam asked if she could walk Jackie for a little bit. It took Pam about 50 feet walking Jackie before she was walking nicely beside Pam on a loose leash. Jackie has never pulled on the leash again, because right after Pam taught Jackie, she taught Sarah (Jackie's owner) how to use the leash.

I came up with our own system for teaching foals to lead on the first day after they were born. He retrained horses for years before we started breeding our own. Imagine having a horse that pulls on a lead line. Most do, and it's had to teach a 1,000 lb. one how after learning it wrong.

More later. We're still very busy around here. Reread my first two paragraphs here. Those are hard and fast rules.
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