02-06-2018, 12:31 PM
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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.