Ziggy is a 1 yr old siberian husky and we've been having problems during our walks for quite some time. When she was younger, she would pull, but not as much anymore, now there's a bigger issue. Almost every time we cross a street, she would grab onto her leash, shake her head like a mad man and start barking at me, ALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD! Not only is it annoying and embarassing, it's really dangerous considering how most of the time, the light turns green for the cars before we reach the other side. I'd asked her obedience class teacher and she said have her sit for a longer period of time at the light, however that seems to have only made the situation worse. I've tried walking faster, walking slower, walked in front of her, walked behind her, next to her, had her sit, had her not sit, had treats with me, scolded, begged and who knows what else! This also happens occasionally when we're not crossing the road, right when i start to jog. Has anyone ever had a similar problem?? I've been looking everywhere for help, please let me know!!
Try putting a harness on her, if you have not done so. It sounds to me like she needs a lot more exercise and is taking her frustration out on you, having to stop, wait, etc. Is there a more open area to take her too, or are you close to the edge of whatever town or city you live in? Have you considered putting her into agility, to burn off some of that energy?
No she does not have a harness, I'd asked a few people and some say the harnesses actually break especially with strong pullers like siberians. I'm willing to give it a try though. We live in pasadena, in the suburbs of los angeles. There aren't too many places to go. I do take her to the dog park almost every morning for an hour to play fetch, then we would walk around the block or jog around the rose bowl for an hour and a half or so. I am actually concerned about the amount of exercise she gets. I know siberian huskies are supposed to get lost of exercise, but not sure how much exactly. We walk/jog/run an average of 5-6 miles a day, sometimes more. Do you think burning off more of her energy would stop this from happening? It sure makes a lot of sense. And also, I don't know much about agility classes, what exactly do they do there? Thanks a ton!
I am going to assume you are holding the leash in the standard "obedience" hold with some slack between you and the dog. When you approach a road/street crossing put the dog in the "sit" position. Then move the training/choke collar up to just behind the head with the ring of the collar toward you and right below the dog's right ear. Do not allow any slack to develope as you give the "heal" command and proceed across the street. This will give more control of the dog's head and will prevent it being able to turn sideways and grab the leash. Good luck, it may take a few tries to master this technique, but it is very effective.
Agility classes teach dogs how to complete a course, made up of various obstacles, in the least amount of time possible. There are a few standard pieces of equipment on the course, like poles to weave in and out of, a long pipe tunnel, various jumps, too many to mention...that type of course, similar to an equestrian show jumping course. There are national organizations for you, that sanction competitions, the AKC and the U.S Dog Agility Association, or USDAA. I would look into your local dog clubs, or look for agility classes in your area, there will be somehing for sure in that area. I think you're doing very well with the 6-7 mile routine,it may just be her just being a typical young dog, testing the boundaries. She's young, and you just need to enforce that obedience, and speaking of which, if you havn't taken her to obedience, that would be another great place to start. I also agree with Drogheda,with the leash handling. Remember, Huskies love to run, and run, and run some more. All you need to do is to get her under control, whilst you are walking her in the city, and I think you're doing a great job.
Thank you pen and drogheda for all your input, i'm going to try the proper leash handling technique and definitely look into agility courses, it sounds really fun. Hopefully they'll work! Thanks a million!