Hello all!! It's been quite some time since I've been on...my dog Lucy, listens well inside!! BUT, when it comes time to walk or toilet she is crazy!! will not listen! It's embarrassing and almost exhausting just to stroll with her anywhere! she is strong being a pitbull of course! She whines and yelps when she see's other dogs/animals!! Pulls me and jerks I swear she gets tunnel vision everytime! How can I help her with this problem without shelling out a crap load to take her to a class/training! I can't even walk down the block all the neighboring dogs are barking she's acting nuts!! I have a harness but she practically walks on her hind legs!! I paid $20 @ the vet place for this halter thing but she does what I call this fish with it! constant jerking her head from side to side when encountering another dog! She's a sweet heart and doesn't mean harm but scares those who we pass as they are walking there WELL BEHAVED dogs!? PLEASE HELP!!!
You need to high collar her. Take a choke chain, loop it and position it on your hand so it looks like a "p",with the ring to the left of the loop, put it on your dog, and don't let it slide down her neck, you want it under her jaws and up high right behind her ears. This is a sensitive pressure point on her. Keep the chain taunt up high like this, and her own pulling will cause enough uncomfortable pressure, she will learn that pulling means owie, you may have to pull her back with a correction cue, "NO PULL". If this doesn't work, you're not keeping the chain up high behind her ears constantly. Try it in the house, then in the yard to get the feel of it. Don't let the chain slide down her neck or you lose control. Do not take her out of the yard for a few weeks until she learns. And it's ok to give the chain a little snap-jerk to let her know YOU are in control or she gets an owie. Google high collar training, it might have a picture. Good luck. This is how the showdogs are trained, especially the big strong breeds.
I have an American Bully and talk about being dragged down the street even with an easywalk harness. Took her to the Petco training courses which was SOOO worth it. What they told me there is to get the stick raw hide or something that they really like and do the "leading a horse with a carrot". It worked wonders!! Plus it's cheap and easy to try. So while walking your bully keep her head even with your legs, NOT in front or behind you. When she is walking next to you the way you want her too let her chew on it and take it away as soon as she goes else where. Another thing to do is try different paths to walk. Dogs are like small children they will get bored lol looking at the same things all the time. Also when walking just change directions at any given moment. By doing this you are letting you dog know that you are the boss and she goes where you want her to go. Most bully breeds don't respond to pain at all when it comes to discipline it's all about asserting that you are the ALPHA dog GOOD LUCK!!!
My dogs are high collar trained, as we show them, but out in the neighborhood, I still use a Gentle Leader. That way, I have control over her nose and eye contact. I NEVER walk my dogs with more than a 30" leash. They must be right next to me and not a nose in front of me. You must lead, you must walk through the doorway first, with her following you. Practice at home with you walking through the doorway and give her "permission" to follow you. When you walk up stairs, she should be behind you, letting you lead.
A harness on a working dog gives the dog the signal to work, and she will work you. Harnesses are good on toys, miniatures, etc., but never on a working dog or a sporting breed. With strong willed dogs, a gentle leader or Halti is great.
Another option to a walk is to train your dog to walk on a treadmill. It will take a few times, but they will learn to like it.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
"Halti" or gentle leader type collars used to be more pricey, but I found them at Big Lots the other day for $2! I bought one even though Manson never pulls, just because it was so awesome to find one for $2.