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This is a discussion on Crate(and other) training woes within the Dog Training and Behavior forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Shamas walked yesterday(on my own block) without pulling, fleeing, or tucking his tail! He even wagged it once I have had him on umbillical leash ...

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Old 02-06-2018, 12:31 PM
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Breakthough!

Shamas walked yesterday(on my own block) without pulling, fleeing, or tucking his tail! He even wagged it once

I have had him on umbillical leash for a few days now, and if he pulls or is resistant, I say "come" in a soft voice or "over here" with a treat at my right hip.

On the walk, I have treats in my right pocket and he's on the martingale collar. He's allowed to sniff as much as he likes, but if the Dlinks touch, I stop. "Over here" with treats at my right hip. We start back up again when he's reset to my right side. If I see another dog, we turn around and walk around the block in the described manner. He's got a threshold of 6houses distance before the tail stiffens and head goes up. 4 houses would cause hackles up so I turn him at 6-7 houses. If he hears a dog in a house barking at him, he speeds up like he'd prefer to run away than walk calmly by. Understandable sincse he can't see the threat.

I picked the right side because I broke my arm last Christmas, and it still hurts if he pulls on me. My right side is my strong arm, so I hold the lead handle in my left hand, and the traffic loop in my right. I have two knots in the lead so that I can let him out in a controlled spacing. It's probably hanging loose about 1/3 of the time, when on my own block which is HUGE improvement over last week when he pulled me into a snowbank.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:33 PM
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Crate training is a popular way of encouraging puppies to hold themselves for longer periods of time and of keeping them safe when unsupervised. Some puppies love their crates while others need time to acclimate. Once she is comfortable going into the crate, begin closing the door for a few seconds at a time, gradually building up the duration as long she is relaxed. At this stage you can give your puppy a durable rubber chew toy with some food in it so that she has the pleasure of chewing and eating while she is in the crate. Each time puppy goes into her crate, pair her decision with cue words such as 'go to bed.' This whole process can be used to help adult dogs acclimate to a crate too, but remember that some pups and dogs do not adjust well to being confined in this way and do better in an enclosed pen or a puppy proofed room in your home. Crate training is a popular way of encouraging puppies to hold themselves for longer periods of time and keeps puppies safe when unsupervised. Make the crate comfortable with bedding and safe toys. Leave the door open to the crate so your puppy can investigate inside. Encourage your puppy to go in the crate by throwing a favorite treat or toy inside. Do not close the door to the crate until your puppy is comfortable and relaxed in the crate. Begin closing the door for a few seconds at a time, gradually building up the duration as long as your puppy stays relaxed. At this stage, give your puppy a durable rubber chew toy with some food inside while in the crate. Do not rush this process gradually increase distance between yourself and the crate.

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Old 02-07-2018, 07:02 PM
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I added a Dlink at the front of Shamas' harness today. It's not pretty or a perfect solution, but I plan to wait until spring to buy him the expensive padded harness so it doesn't get gross and soggy. I the meantime, having a D-link no the front lets me switch Shamas to the harness when approaching roads. I can gently turn him, and if he decides to flee, he's not jerking the collar on his neck. I'm still walking him mostly on the collar as the end goal is loose-lead walking.....but for those times when I know he'll give me trouble, like intersections, walking with the kids(they get frustrated with stopping and starting, and he picks up on that and pulls harder because my attention is no longer on him) and the way home(he'd drag me all the way home if I let him) it's a relief for my arm!
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