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Old 10-22-2012, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Ginger just came to our house on Friday so I'm still trying to determine her needs. How she acts changes daily. She's been taken on a walk twice daily. Watching her this morning, I think I might need to add in an early morning walk. She's a little wound up this morning. I'm curious to know how often people are taking their dogs for walks.
Right now she's doing well on a standard leash but I think I'm going to need to try something with more control as she grows. My two other dogs (jack Russell and min pin) have used Gentle leaders (head halters). Would you suggest this or do we need the halter that goes around her chest?


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Old 10-22-2012, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've used the Gentle Leaders with our first dog Maggie. The concept of those is it sits higher on the neck so you are in control. We've never had to use a harness on our first full boxer as we took her through training & was taught how she is suppose to be walking with us & not pulling. Once we get our 3rd distemper shot, we will start walking with our baby. Good Luck!!!
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Just be sure not to over-walk her as she's still young and growing. The standard is 5 minutes per month of age. At 10-11 weeks, she should not be walking for more than 10 minutes at a time.
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I have used a harness on my White boy he outgrew it. Soon we'll be starting classes in hopes of eliminating the need for a harness or anything. He's quite a puller though. LOL. I take him on a walk twice a day but he gets a lot of exercise by wrestling with my Shepherd mix. He could care less about walking, he'd rather beat up sissy.
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Classes were the best thing we could of done.
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I use a Holt head collar (similar to a Gentle Leader) on Dempsey, but I got him at 5 years old, and he'd had a prong collar used previously, so this is a less harsh alternative, IMO.

With your pup, hopefully training classes can eliminate the need for one, and you can be taught how to teach the pup to walk on a loose leash without a "crutch". I'd rather use an Easy Walker harness on Dempsey, but neither the medium nor the large fits him properly.
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We decided on the gentle leader and she did a great job with it. We also had to buy a jacket for her. It was snowing this morning and she was shivering. She loves her walks. Were working on sitting when we stop and walking when we walk. She's a cutie!


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Interesting Angus, now 20 weeks, pulls with his harness on like his life depends on it. Have been trying to follow Turid Rugaas methods but with limited success thus far.
On quiet streets where we live he will stay on a loose leash fairly well for about 15mins before he gets bored and starts attacking the lead.
As soon as we go the park it's like he becomes deaf or plain hates me as he just has to get as far away from me as the leash allows. Trying to get his attention with his favourite treat no longer works in this environment, he just wants to get around the park as quick as possible, dragging me in his wake! It's not so bad now but he's going to be a big dog and strong with it so it's something we want to get corrected sooner rather than later. Any suggestions on stopping the pulling as it makes for an unpleasant experience for us and Angus I am sure?
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #10 (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!

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