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Old 05-04-2009, 02:00 AM
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walking your dog should be nothing more than your dog paying attention to you while he's walking. so criosphynx is right you should work on your dogs attention. but theres a faster way to fix your dogs walking problem. use a prong collar, it does work and you wont need it for long. if you have a waist leash that would really help too. but all you need to do is walk exactly where the dog isn't. change direction randomly. and give her a tug with the prong collar if the leash starts to tighten. if you do this it will give your dog no choice but to always focus on you. even without a prong collar this method will work
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i got my puggle at 5mths from some friends of mine that couldnt handle her. She had the same walking problem. Pulling like a mother and then on top of that Im being told to tug the leash every time she pulls. It seems a bit useless but I think it just takes time. I was walking my puggle 45min every day and tugging that leash every 5 seconds the whooooooole way lol. And after a while she just plain got sick of me jerking her neck around. Now she walks right next to me, even when I take the leash off. Now its on the the next mutt! As I posted earlier in the "training" forum I have my hands full with the new pup. Time to start aaaaall over again!!
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I really dont reccomend using a prong collar at all, creates other issues, A simple training collar will work just fine, preferably a nylon one.
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Everytime my dog pulls whether just to get to a bush, or to greet a dog, i stop and dont even say anything he will turn and come to me and sit where i make him stay until i am ready to continue. he has learned that if he pulls and the collar gets tight he stops pulling. it may take some time and the "walks" in the meantime may not be fascinating but in the long run it will pay off.
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I have a 10 week old duck toller. He likes to pull very hard on the leash to the point where he is chocking himself. He does this throughout the whole walk. This worries me as I dont want to cause perminant damage to the dogs throat. I give the leash a tug to try and stop this behavior, but he isnt learning very quickly. My question is, should I start walking him with a harness instead?

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I have a 10 week old duck toller. He likes to pull very hard on the leash to the point where he is chocking himself. He does this throughout the whole walk. This worries me as I dont want to cause perminant damage to the dogs throat. I give the leash a tug to try and stop this behavior, but he isnt learning very quickly. My question is, should I start walking him with a harness instead?

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Only if its a NO PULL harness...the kind that the ring is inthe front. Any traditional harness will make the pulling worse.



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Only if its a NO PULL harness...the kind that the ring is inthe front. Any traditional harness will make the pulling worse.
Do you mean the ring that you attach the leash too? And do traditional harnesses just make the pulling harder to deal with because the dog can use more of its body weight to pull?
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Do you mean the ring that you attach the leash too? And do traditional harnesses just make the pulling harder to deal with because the dog can use more of its body weight to pull?
Yes. If the ring is in the front it is uncomfortable for the dog to pull, It also pulls them to the side or completely around. A wonderful, pain free tool that I wish more people would use

Think about sled dogs, harnesses are for pulling, or as Ceaser says "adding power" to the dog. Dogs pull or push against oposing forces, its normal (humans do it do) so putting a rear ring attaching harness on a dog is a very primal way of saying "pull me down this street".



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If you have a dog that really pulls and need some help learning to walk i would recommend using a halter known as the Halti, its worked wonders for one of my dogs and she is a sled dog, we've used harnesses and those work okay but this is great a very little amount of pressure to turn the dogs head therefore stopping him from pulling or any unwanted behavior. but we occasionally use a harness and halti together since both dogs are escape artists and when they get excited or nervous they go in a sense crazy.
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