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Male Join date : 2013-04-22
Location : philadelphia pa

PostSubject: hello everyone havent been on in awhile but i need some help   Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:20 am

Hi again everyone,

i have been slacking on my posting for awhile due to being very busy with training balto, work, school and what not. Baltos a very big boy a 4 months old. I take him to training classes every Wed. night and the teacher who owns 13 huskies herself (affraid ) said she was very surprised i said he was only 4 months old.

Training balto has been very easy sometimes i think hes smarter then me lol! . but like every puppy theres things we need to work om. the one that im working on the most right now is trying to keep him from pulling on the leash. we have a harness which seemed to work in the begining but now not so much. iv have looked up some things and found the gentle head halter. has that ever worked for anyone? or is there something else im missing?

ps. ill be posting a picture soon
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Female Join date : 2012-09-22
Location : Chicago

PostSubject: Re: hello everyone havent been on in awhile but i need some help   Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:40 am

What kind of harness do you have that isn't working anymore? If its an easy walk, then you need to readjust and tighten almost everyday because for some reason it loosens with use. It'll be helpful for you to see your trainer demonstrate loose leash walking.  I didn't fully get it until my trainer corrected me after watching me walk her. Basically, by letting him pull you are automatically rewarding the behavior. To correct it, you will have to play what i call "red light, green light." when he pulls its "red light" and you stop walking. As soon as the leash loosens its "green light" and you continue the walk.  If he continues the red light action of pulling because there is a delicious squirrel/stick/other dog/treat on the floor that he is fixating then turn and walk in the opposite direction. Continue to stop if he pulls, but if he gives a loose leash turn around and reward by giving a treat or by just continuing the walk. Personally, I never gave treats for loose leash walking because the reward is sniffing the ground and enjoying the experience of the walk. I do treat for the auto check in, which is eye contact that she initiates or by running up to me to check in at the dog park.
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Male Join date : 2012-11-22
Location : Atlantic City New Jersey

PostSubject: Re: hello everyone havent been on in awhile but i need some help   Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:56 am

For "no pull" training, i never used a harness... in my expirence they make pulling even worse (not to say all of them do, as they do make some harnesses designed to help stop pulling, i suggest getting one with the ring in front, when your pup pulls it moves them to the side... and they cant pull side ways).

What has worked for me is a prong collar, however i dont suggest this unless you are comfortable with using one. if however you do decide to get one... make sure it is a decently made one, look for one with rounded tips on the prongs. they wont hurt your pup at all, it just gives them slight discomfort when doing an undesired action (like, pulling, chaseing that cat, running towards little kids etc).

For me it has worked great as a training tool, however others aren't comfortable with them so if you do decided to give it a shot look into them a little bit and learn how to properly size them up and use them.
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Female Join date : 2013-06-20
Location : Toronto, Ontario

PostSubject: Re: hello everyone havent been on in awhile but i need some help   Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:16 pm

I am dealing with the same thing. Our pup is 7mths old, and thinks that everything is worth checking out! We have him on an Easy Walk harness, and that harness made such a HUGE difference at the beginning. But it definitely does loosen a lot, especially when you have to tug him back often (which I do!). I find he is worse when he is in a new area. I guess the new smells are just too interesting to walk nicely. He does do pretty well when we are in a familiar area though. And i did the red light/green light thing a lot. I did use treats at the very beginning, but have started to use them less and less. If he looks up at me though, i give him a treat or just a lot of praise. I wish I had more advice haha, but I think it just takes A LOT of practice, and maybe some time for them to grow out of their puppy brain where everything is so new and exciting! Razz

I tried the gentle leader head halter at first, but Gus flipped out when we put it on him. He doesn't like things wrapped around his face i guess.
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Female Join date : 2013-02-11
Location : NYC

PostSubject: Re: hello everyone havent been on in awhile but i need some help   Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:52 pm

For Dizzy I'm doing a couple things that help a lot. First off hold the treat in the hand that is the same side as he is, as in, if he's on my left side, I have the treat in my left hand and the leash in my right I show him the treat and walk forward as long as his attention is on me (eye contact with me), he gets a semi continuous stream of treats (especially in the beginning, less so now that he knows the drill). When he looks away or starts to pull I get his attention and walk backwards luring him with a treat and putting his attention back on me. Its not like I jerk him back, its a chase game, and if he comes with me, he's gets a treat, if not he gets pulled back (gently) toward me. This and red light/green light take a lot of practice and patience. He always pulls when he realizes we're going down to the park, so I don't use treats for that. If he walks nicely, we continue walking toward the park, if not, then we don't.
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