how do I get my 14 week old to not pull and to heel ? i dont like the choak collars. she does well when we first take off but then as we round the corner to come home, she pulls so hard her frt feet don't touch the ground! I know she is probaby knowing the route to get home and wants to get there but no matter if i go different routes we live in the middle of the block and Ii have to round one of 4 corners, to get back home. It is very frustrating . I have tried the loose leash method (the stopping till she turns around at my side and then starting again) and after the first 2 steps she is pulling again.. i stop AGAIN and AGAIN with in the first two steps she is pulling so i stop again and again and again... it takes us 30 min to walk 4 houses home once we round that corner... ...she just can't seem to help herself... I have tried keeping the leash taught the entire walk... (then she pulls the entire walk) I also have tried the put the treat in my hand and hold it at the side of my leg(so she walks along side of me ) but that has taught her to jump to try to get the treat....HELP!!!!!
I have the same problem with my German Shepherd. Mind you, he's not 14 weeks old. He's 3 years old. When he was a baby he would walk right beside us even without a leash (I tried it once out of curiousity) but since about 2 years old, he's been pulling but the difference with mine is it's not just on the way home, it's the entire walk. He's an extremely strong dog too. I tried a harness for him but it doesn't seem to work. I don't believe in choke collars because when I was a kid the dog I had growing up actually got a tooth caught in one when he was trying to get it off. I too, have tried the treat and the same thing happens with my dog, as well as the stopping and starting again. My dog stops but immediately starts pulling again once we start walking. I haven't tried a Halti yet but I have been told even as recently as yesterday to get him one. I was just a little skeptical because I was told to get a harness and it didn't work. To make a long story short...:) I would recommend the Halti too. Everybody I know has used one and it's amazing how well their dogs walk now.
I had a Lab/Dane pound puppy (adopted at about 18 months). Storm would pull like he was out to win the Idiotarod. Let me tell you, an enthusiastic 110 pound, 18 month old untrained dog can do a number on you when you're attached to the other end of a leash! Got a Halti and within 30 minutes the world was a beautiful place.
You see, where the head goes, the body follows. I can't say it will work for everyone or all dogs, but for me, it was a miracle.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown