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Old 07-23-2018, 11:57 PM
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Tips for dog that tugs on leash?

Hey there again it's ya girl, asking ANOTHER question about walking dogs. So recap on my situation, I have a now 5 year old Rottie mix that I adopted with my sister, but I was young when we got her so I didn't really have to do much. Recently however my sister's been busy with life so she's asked me if I could lighten the load by helping her walking Mina (our dog). Thing is, my sister had a very hippie style of teaching where she sort of let Mina do her own thing, as a result she's not very well trained and that just does NOT fly with me. I'm a sufferer of anxiety (getting better every day &#x1f44d so that means I like to be in control of the situation. Mina however also likes to be in control so it sort of feels like we are fighting for dominance every time I walk her. She tugs ALOT and though she's strong I can sort of hold my ground against her but when she wants to go sniff at something she WILL SNIFF IT and will try and drag me all the way over there desperately even though I wouldve let her sniff it anyway if we would've calmly passed by. I do this thing where I hold the leash up so she has less of it trying to make her understand that the more she acts like that the less space she's have to roam around but that seems to make her frustrated and be MORE of a rebel. I also tried treats but she actually takes them and then spits them out (LOL!)and Iknow she does it because she's mad at me because she takes them any other time. We go to an old empty basketball court where I let her roam free and she takes the treats there and listens to me but as soon as the leash is back on she tries to rebel against me. So, Yeah Thats pretty much what I'm working with here, tips or methods that you guys use? I saw a guy walking his golden retriever so peacefully today and I couldn't help but envy him LOL
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:17 PM
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If you are really at the "end of your leash" (couldn't help myself) then you might consider a pinch collar. I know these are controversial. So do your research first. Otherwise, obedience training is probably in order.
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Hi! From my experience, it’s helped using a choke collar (the rope collar with the metal rings that slips over the dog’s neck). Make sure the collar sits high on the dog’s neck. You will have more control this way, even with a big dog. Also, be sure your dog is walking right beside you. If he starts to walk ahead of you, give a short quick tug on the leash & adjust the collar to make sure it’s still high on his neck. Another suggestion would be to keep the leash short until your dog gets used to walking right beside you. You don’t want to feel the leash tugging. Just give him enough lead to walk beside you freely, but not too much freedom that you can’t control the situation if you need to. He will get used to this. The key is to be consistent.
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For leash pulling... I use the STOP method. Very simple, but you have to have LOTS of patience and be consistent.

When my pups pull on the leash or are walking too fast I simply STOP. I say nothing. That is the trick. No yelling or nagging or begging. Within a few seconds my dog will generally turn to look at me as if "What the heck?? Why aren't we moving?"

I then proceed in our walking. No words needed but some times I still give tons of pos reinforcement with praise and some treats as needed. I am teaching her that her own good choices (walking at a reasonable pace) will get her what she wants (to keep walking and exploring)

The method works, but you have to be willing to put in the time and work. Lots of patience while the dog is learning your preferences. If dog pulls too much, you both STOP. Simple.

A dog doesn't pull to be alpha or dominant or any of that nonsense that some folks want us to believe, the dog pulls because it can! It is fun to be out on a walk and smell stuff. And personally I am a HUGE fan of letting the dog sniff a lot on a walk as this helps them learn about their environment. If I have to get somewhere fast I sometimes walk my dog closer to the middle of the street, not at curb, (if it safe!!) so they aren't tempted to sniff every blade of grass

Most times I let them sniff as much as they like. I equate it to the parents who take their kiddos into a store and immediately say don't touch anything. Whaat? What kind of teaching (or fun) is that for the kid? Let em touch some stuff and just look at some stuff. Same for dogs, a time for walking at your pace and a time for sniffing pleasure!! Readin' the peemail.
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