when i walk my dog, golden ret., she pulls the leash. it is not as bad after a good run in the park, however, it is very difficult in the 1st 10 15 mins of our walk. she is 8 mos. old. is this ok and will she out grow it????
We raised and trained Golden Retrievers for years and she will not outgrow it, it will only worsen and reinforce this poor behavior. How does your walk begin? Are you in a hurry and very excited? The beginning of the walk is the most important, as it will set the tone of the walk. If she gets excited and jumps around the house, I don't put the collar and leash on until they are calm. A quick way to calm them is to turn your back to her. When she is calm, she gets her leash on and you exit the door first with her behind you. You are the dominant one (pack leader)and should always walk through a doorway first when taking her out for a walk. Walk with your leash about 6" in length. Your dog should always walk right next to you or behind you. If she pulls, give her a small tug, then loosen the leash. Everytime she tightens to pull, tug again. If it gets to be too much. Stop and make her sit. Make her wait until you are ready to continue walking. The walk is an important training component and will carry over in to many other aspects of his/her training. If she has a strong neck, buy a gentle leader or a halti collar. This will redirect her face and make the focus on you, not on what she wants. I have very strong willed dogs and they were taught within a week how to "walk". When I see a dog walking an owner, I know that there are many behavior issues at home with the dog.
I also do the pull training. My 2 pits are about 5 months old. They tend to do good now after a few walks where if they pulled I would immediately stop make them sit and not go until I was ready. Being that I had 2 to walk at the same time I wanted to make sure they got this one right away. It does work fast as they realize quickly they wont get to walk if they dont walk the way you want them to. Good luck!
"Hopes to change peoples minds on the pitbull breed"
Wow, I must have really stubborn dogs then, ha ha, since I have tried all those training tips and none worked. I finally got the Halti collars and they are like completely different dogs now! I love it!. I am pregnant and my fiance works out of town half of each week, so it is up to me to walk both dogs and before the halti's, I was not able to do that. My male was the worst! I was so afraid they would pull me down or I would lose my grip on the leashes. Now I can walk them both at the same time and not worry.
No, she meant 6 inches. A 6 ft leash should be used but she was speaking for having the dog walk in the heel position. 6 inches is just about right to have instant control if needed. Otherwise, your dog has control at the end of a 6 ft leash whether he's behind you or beside you or out in front.
The split second BEFORE the leash goes taunt, snap the lead and give a command to slow, heel, whatever you use, snap to your right (leash being held with both hands) Look up how a leash should be held. It's timing. Before the leash goes taunt every time, not sometimes, most of the time or maybe.
Hopefully, no one is using an extendable leash. They should be banned The poor dog has no clue what his perameters are, no control by the owner, tangles up into everything with the distance of the leash DO not use an extendable leash. This is another tell-tale sign of newbie owner.
Whoever is using the haltie. Be absolutely sure that it fits correctly. Have someone who knows how to fit them get fit the right size for you. I've seen more dogs with halties pulling out front and the owner having not a clue the haltie was digging into an eye. One was so bad, big dog, I stopped the owner to show her what was happening.
The walk: There should be 6" of slack in the lead. The slack should look like the letter "J". Just enough to allow your dog 'some' freedom of movement yet you will KNOW that he is going out of position. You can instantly correct rather than being a second or 2 behind the action.
Just-a-thought: Dogs live in a 2 to 5 second world so we have to "TAG" the behavior IN THE SECOND IT IS TAKING PLACE, not 1 second later. Your dog will not know (exactly what) he has done to deserve the correction if you are too late. He will know he has done something, but may not associate the correction with the incorrect behavior. AND, dogs don't awake and decide-"At 3 oclock today I will destroy the living room". They act instinctively, on impulse. We can train them to ignore some of those instincts with proper substitution and reward techniques.
Consider this: You come home to find your dog sitting on the coach drinking a beer. The house is a shambles and you are upset about THAT. You profusely scold him over the destruction he caused. Now, your dog has already forgotten that, 3 seconds ago he finished tearing up the house and had just sat down to that beer. HE thinks you are mad at him for sitting on the coach drinking your beer but doesn't get your TRUE meaning.
"Timing~ Motivation~ Consistency~ Reward!"
Timing(tag the behavior as it occurs), proper motivation (just enough correction to change what he is thinking about), consistency (ALWAYS THE SAME CORRECTION from you) and an adequate reward (very small treat, touch, or a couple of seconds play with his favorite toy). The reward is dependant on the behavior you are trainig. Obviously, walking on lead will be rewarded differently from sit or down or(?)
The (2) most important are TIMING (Tagging the act as it is happening NOT 2 seconds later) and CONSISTENCY (Always the same corrective action from YOU, NEVER stray from this). Memorize and practice this correction/ reward sequence and you will have success!
rescued...I found your four step process very close to what Ceasar Milian has referenced in one of his books. Would you mind expanding on the four step process with some examples esp. when the dog pulls the leash?
As previously mentioned I volunteer at the Humane Society and there is this one dog that has soooo much energy that he is just awful on the leash and pulls to the point he has trouble breathing. He's an amazing dog otherwise with a huge heart but I would love to be able to work with him and walk with him better on the leash. Examples of this four step process when the dog pulls the leash would be great for me to reference with this one pup.
Otherwise, your dog has control at the end of a 6 ft leash whether he's behind you or beside you or out in front.
I know a dog is in control when he's walking in front of you, but how does he have control when he walks beside you or behind you? Doesn't make any sense. My dog walks on a gentle leader and always to the side of me. Never in front.
I love my Flexi Leads, especially when we are walking in the woods. The dogs love the extra freedom to go off into the woods or the streams and swim without me having to be in there with them. They are a kind of hazard when walking on a street when cars are going by, but like with everything else, it has its uses.
***Edited By: scout1 on 3/3/2010 10:02:40 AM*** Reason: ??
I have the same issue, I have 2 Great Danes, that are 15 months old, when I try to take them for a walk they pull me. I do the stop, sit, start again and they start pulling again, I stop, they sit, I give them a treat, start walking again and they pull again. I did get a different leash and now I see that I have been letting them walk in front of me, so now I am going to get them to walk next to me. They are both male and not nutured, plan on doing it but not yet. They are Blue Merle Great Danes. Thanks for listening...