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Old 12-29-2012, 03:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Go out with Angus on leash and as soon as he gets to the end and starts pulling, just stop and stand there and ignore him
Stand there until he stops- it might take 5 minutes or so, but that's okay. He will eventually either sit down or turn and look at you
When this happens say "let's go" and head off in the opposite direction that Angus is facing. It will take him a couple steps to catch up (maybe only a second or two) and he will go past you and start pulling.
Again just stop in your tracks and wait it out.
Repeat "let's go" when he is calm and go in opposite direction again.
You might spend quite a bit of time not walking anywhere (just back and forth) and your neighbors might think you are , but that's okay.
It will take some time and you need to be consistent, but Angus will learn he gets nowhere if he's pulling. Have some treats with you for when he starts to get it, so you can reward good behavior!

This is great advice. I'm going to try it when my two decide to pull, mind you they've been pretty good lately. Does anyone have any advice on walking more than one dog at a time? Right now my dogs are 39 and 24 pounds. I don't think Nikki will go over 50 pounds so I can control them easily enough. I am going to be getting another boxer puppy and would love to hear how people taught their dogs to walk nicely together.
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I am still working on walking the girls together. I am trying to walk o e on each side of me & not have them cross and get tangled up.
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My problem with the gentle leader it loosens itself and also, it's very uncomfortable for him so he hates it and it doesnt really stop the pulling, i trained him to walk by my side on it but adter a while he will go back to pulling too much. I just bought the SENSEable harness, I meant to get the one that had soft lining so it wouldn't chafe him but so far no chaffing.. It was extremely hard to fit and also doesn't stop the pulling. I'm so tired of "taking him back to kindergarten" we will get through it eventually :/


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Oh! And the walking and stopping thing! I tried that but I think it's still reinforcing to him because he just sits there and smells the air like a goofball and he's just happy to be outside I guess lol.


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I am still working on walking the girls together. I am trying to walk o e on each side of me & not have them cross and get tangled up.
My girls do this too. They walk loose leash full length minding their own business one on each side of me. Then Nikki decides hailey is too peaceful and decides to jump her and I nearly trip lol.


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Yup, that is my girls. Or they think the stuff not on their side is better to look at.
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I guess I just got to be more patient with the stopping, Angus is already strong and pulls my partner against where she wants to go. I was hoping for some miracle solution, should know better owning a boxer 😍


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Use a front clip harness and then they aren't able to pull. Instead of stopping, try changing directions quickly, then turn and move back to the direction you are going in. Its important to do " watch me " exercises also.. this way they learn to focus on you! Keep it positive
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I've been spending a lot if time with loose leash walking. It takes a lot of time, patience and practice.

I have 2 puppies, Karma is 8 months and Destiny is 4 months. I walk them seperate and together. I have a pocket full of treats all the time.

Karma is a puller but getting much better. We start out by doing potty in the yard as it reduces the urge for her to stop and squat on our walks, because our walks are exercise and not for her pleasure. On the sidewalk now, i have her sit. I say yes, Good sit, and give a treat. Then, Karma, look at me, and when she does, it's yes, good look at me, and treat. Karma, lets go and on the word go i will step off with my left foot. When she starts pulling ahead it's Karma sit. Only once do i say it. If she doesnt sit and by now i have stopped i will give a few quick tugs on the leash. Repeat sit and usually she does. I will not give her a treat this time because she didnt sit the first time i told her to. Then its look at me, and when she does, she usually does first time, i then say lets go and we go. The entire time she walks well with me i am constantly talking to her trying to keep her attention on me because when shes looking at me shes doing what i want. Every 25-30 feet she will get a treat. It wasnt always like that. In the beginning if she took two steps and was right with me she would get a treat.

Destiny is a dream to walk. The beginning is the same and 99% of the time we walk shes looking at me. We can walk half a block before she gets a treat.

I have started using a coupler so i can walk them together. Its taking some time. We start out the same, but its trickier because you need to have both their attention at all time. But the concept is the same. The first time was an experience all in itself. They thought it was playtime! After some treat luring and reinforcing good behaviour i got them both sitting on the sidewalk looking at me. We ended it there after lits if verbal praise and treats and headed back in the house. We always end any training on a positive so they will be always think positive when training.

There were times we would just walk the front of the house on the sidewalk. I tried the turning around a few times but it just seemed to excite the two of them too much. It works better when they are solo though.

The hubby and i can walk together with them quite well. I have Karma and he has Destiny. Both are loaded with treats. The last couple days they did excellent. After we got outside they realized those funky feeling things on their paws had a purpose in the snow. I bought some of those pawz to try. It takes 2 to put them on but they dont seem to mind them once we are out in the snow. They get better traction on the ice and their paws are not caked in snow and salt. Im going to try real booties after that success with them.

Just keep practising and be positive!


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It does take a lot of work. I still carry treats when we walk as rewards for the girls. Pheona has been through training but Murphy hasn't other than us working with the paperwork we got as Pheona was going through classes. Changing direction is another good idea. We had a harness on Murphy but now that she's outgrowing it, I refuse to get another one. I want her to walk without one as Pheona never used one. I would recommend some training classes with your pup.
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