This is a good point.I never trust a schnauzer. I also lost my 1st family schnauzer to being hit by a car in front of the house.
The temptation to chase prey is just too bred in IME.
That pic of Ragnar is really cute! Ozzy did/does the same! Those sticks! And their collections lol!
OK, in this case I say, don't worry about it. She is just checking to be sure you are still there, and there's not a thing wrong with that unless you feel certain that she is anxious. Sometimes a person can misinterpret the dog's emotion.She’s stays in front of me the whole time. No need to pull the leash. In fact she likes to lead in front of all of us including Ragnar. She doesn’t hesitate and acts similar to Ragnar (stops to sniff, goes to bathroom, says Hi to people we come across, etc). I thought about paw thing but she doesn’t limp and we have similar ground back at home and she has no issue there.
I think she is worried I may disappear since she always walks in front of me like separation anxiety or something.
I can try the talking although I find it peaceful walking in quiet a lot in the woods. I do talk to them from time to time to encourage them as we walk. I’ll try more next time and see if that helps her. Thanks.Some dogs "worry" about their handler. They want to know you are still with them and still OK.
My Moose-dog did that when our friend walked him. He was so worried that she would disappear that he would trip her up constantly trying to turn around to check on her. She learned to talk to him as we walked. If she was talking to him, he knew she was safe.
I used that innate sense of Moose-dog's to teach his sister how to stay close. I would put them on a double leash and drop the leash. Because they were still attached to each other, when he stopped to check on our friend (he didn't worry about me), she had to stop also. That taught her to check in with me regularly. When I was alone with them, she would check on me and he had to stop. I don't let my dogs offleash, but I do teach them how to walk offleash in case I had to let go for some reason.
Yea I’ve been taking the opposite approach and scaling back. Was asking her if she’s alright and picking her up/carrying her, etc. I’m going to try the encouragement whenever she turns around and see if that helps. Thanks!Maybe try telling her it's ok and she can go? My pup does this when we encounter another dog on leash, or when he's not sure which direction we are going. He's just checking in, making sure it's ok to go. She probably is feeling a little bit uncertain about the unfamiliar area, but she doesn't seem to be fearful or have anxiety.
Honestly, I hate these types of leashes with a passion. There is no control over the dog. If the dog is at the end of the tether, there is no way to get the dog back at your side except calling the dog. You can't grab the small string and pull the dog in without injury. It is meant to let your dog control where it is in relation to you - instead of you controlling where the dog is.I can try the talking although I find it peaceful walking in quiet a lot in the woods. I do talk to them from time to time to encourage them as we walk. I’ll try more next time and see if that helps her. Thanks.
I use this leash:
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Not sure if the dropping thing would work for this type right?