I have never had a problem teaching one of my bigger dogs (samoyed, great pyr.) to walk on a leash...but my poms... gees I put the leash on them and they start running and pulling then they yelp because they think I yanked them but they did it themselves. Im trying hard but Im wondering if they will ever learn to walk on a leash. I have left the leash on them and let them run around the house (for short periods of time) with it to let them get useto it but its not working. My 14 year old poodle had done this too and I just tought her to obey me and I never really needed a leash. But my two poms are so energetic that if we go outside they are ready to run like crazy (which they do every day in our back yard) but Id like to be able to take them to the park to walk etc. Any suggestions would be appreciated..
Do you use a harness. It's easier to control a smaller dog. I have a harness for her car seat and she's use to wearing it when I take for rides. I haven't taken her walking in public yet to due the dog flu. I let her go outside in my yard (1/2 acre) or at my parents house. They just said this weekend that the canine flu came to Reseda Ca. That's to close for confort.
My Corgi is a little terror when it comes to walking outside. She always starts off her walks pulling as hard as she can on the leash. It's as if she just wants to start running as fast as she can and stop only when she's satisfied. However by the end of the walk, I can usually manage a decent walk with her next to me.
I've tried both harnesses and leashes. The leash & collar might choke them, but the harnesses are known to promote pulling. That's because it's not as strenuous on the dogs (ie. throat) as a collar would be when they pull, so they're encouraged to pull harder when you use a harness.
On the other hand, the harness would allow the dogs to be controlled a little better.
In the end, it's up to you which method to use, but the best solution is to obedience train them or get a private teacher to combat the problem of leash walking.
I own a manchester terrier who would pull on the leash, yelp and gasp for air when we would go for a walk. I traded the collar for a harness and have not had any problems. She behaves better knowing she is not more restrained.
Many people enjoy taking their dog to obedience classes or training them in some form of basic obedience. I found this video on youtube and was just wondering if anyone here had any thoughts or additional suggestions?
Heres a really good way to fix your problem, you might think that it wont work I'v done it with a perfect outcome. Take your bigger dog and put the leash on him/her and take the other end and connect it to the smaller dogs collar and while the little squirt is shootin around like a bullet hes going to get pulled back. what this does is it alows the dog some freedom but have an anchor thats hard to move. The smaller dog will learn, when the leash is on theres no pullin it. just connect them and let them go. I have done this with my germanshepheard and my parents jackrussle. It works trust me.
when i say "STOP" you better, my dog cant wait for me to say"GO"!!!