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ackmom3
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PostSubject: Walking our husky   Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:33 pm

It's been awhile since I have been here...so bare with me plz. We have a almost 4 yr old husky that is almost perfect in every way BUT he pulls really bad when we try to walk him. It comes out as a drag not a walk. Any advice would be helpful. Also he LOVES to play with his football toy in the house but when we take him to the dog park he runs around peeing then refuses to play with his ball....any help there?
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PostSubject: Re: Walking our husky   Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:23 pm

Sibes are bred to pull Smile I would put him in a harness and teach him this is the time to pull- aka REALLY encourage him. This works best if you run, or skateboard, or rollerblade, bike, anything to keep up with him really Smile Then you can put him on a flat collar, easy walk harness, gentle leader, whatever and he will be more apt to walk nicely because he'll already be tired out from running in harness. You can treat him and tell him what a good boy he is at this point for not pulling- eventually you can wean down on the runs and just walk- he'll get the idea. Another idea is to play with him in the backyard with his ball or whatever and let him zoom around a bit and get some energy out. This will also make walking easier. If he pulls when you walk correct him (say no or whatever word you use,) and turn and walk the other way.. you may not get far initially, but you'd be surprised how quick they pick it up. It's easiest to run them down a little first and then try to walk them- esp. in the beginning when they're still learning- this way, he already got some energy out and will be more apt to walk at your speed and check things out, rather than sprint and check things out at his pace Smile As for not playing with his ball at the dog park- it's not necessarily a bad thing. Some dogs get pretty possessive over toys,food,etc.. and it might not even be your dog! I've seen some pretty nasty fights at the park over a toy an owner brought from home, not always, but possible. So just keep that in mind Smile The dog park is like taking a little kid to the play ground, they don't always want to play with mom and dad Smile lol
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PostSubject: Re: Walking our husky   Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:41 am

I agree with Rigbyjek's advice, and I would also add that if you're using a collar and are trying to train him only to pull while in a harness and he's still giving you trouble in the collar, try making a "half-wrap" with a six-foot leash. I've used this many times as a volunteer dog walker at an animal shelter on some of the dogs who are excessive pullers. You basically connect the leash to the dog, slip the leash over the dog's chest diagonally, go under and over one of the dog's shoulders and bring it back up and pull it through the collar to create a kind of harness. It's amazing the noticeable change in the pulling the moment you start walking dogs like that; the feeling of the leash wrapped around like that feels strange for them when they pull so it stops them from doing it as much. It's especially effective when you use a Martingale collar, which is similar to a choke collar as it tightens around the dog's neck when they pull, but the collar is all nylon (or whatever material the leash is made of) and doesn't actually choke the dog. It also prevents them from backing out of the collar. Example here: http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Pet-Collar-Medium-1-Inch/dp/B000JD1PUW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385785795&sr=8-2&keywords=martingale+collar

It's great to pair the half-wrap with the Martingale because you can just pull the leash through the loop on the collar instead of slipping it under and through the collar. I know it's probably pretty hard to visualize my description without me physically showing it to you, and I've tried looking around online and haven't found any resources that have images demonstrating how to do it, so if you're interested in trying it I can show you how to do it using my puppy. Smile

As for the peeing all over the dog park, it would be helpful to know if he's neutered or not. If he isn't, neutering him should definitely help cut down on those kinds of behaviors.

Hope this helps!
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PostSubject: Re: Walking our husky   Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:11 pm

ty all....we watched an episode of dog whisperer and they said to give him more exercise and do the rollerblading thing...only problem with that is I live in IL and it is winter so can't really ride a bike or roller blade.
The peeing thing does not concern me my point there was that is all he does....he will run around pee on things then just sit. We take him there to work out some energy but that never seems to work.
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PostSubject: Re: Walking our husky   Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:14 pm

There's always training him to do what huskies do best in winter: pull a sled! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Walking our husky   Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:10 pm

Just a couple additions to some really good advice given by all. First, do work out some energy as suggested. This is going to help your dog settle down and concentrate on what you would like him to do. Second, you have to be able to control him, so the right collar is also important. A buckle collar is easy to pull down low and not be very uncomfortable to pull against. A full or semi slip training (choke) collar really does help but they don't work very well unless worn high on the neck and held high above the head (watch the way handlers walk with a dog at a dog show). I have no experience with other collars like the "easy walker" or such because I just never needed one, at least not yet.
Third, it's winter and you can't bike or blade? Come on... I live to the North in Wisconsin and I bike with the dog any time the snow condition does not allow skijoring or use of the kick sled. Layer your clothing and you will stay warm. Attachments from dog to bike are discussed in other posts.
Lastly, If the problem just doesn't get better you can check out "Free Spirit Siberian Rescue" web sight they have two trainers, I think one closer to the city and one in the Rockford area, who are familiar with husky's and for a fee could help solve your problems. Best of luck, there is always a way, it just takes time.
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