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Old 09-28-2015, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I'm hoping you can help me out with some tips here.
Our boxer-mix puppy is a bit over four months and it's very troublesome to teach her to walk on a loose leash. She doesn't really like to walk and always tries to pull back home. Sometimes it goes a little better once we're a bit further away from home, but she'll always start pulling again whenever we're starting to turn back in the direction of home (no matter how far away it still is).

She's a rescue pup and we're guessing her guest home just didn't go out on walks with her.

We've been trying a specific method for over a week now (we stop walking every few meters/steps and wait until she turns around to look at us on her own account), but without success so far (she just starts pulling again - as hard or harder - the moment we start walking).

It's not pleasant for us, and it certainly isn't for her either, so any tips on how to teach her not to pull and walk a loose leach would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: I would like to add that I've checked out multiple ways to train this, including some of the topics on this forum, and they all seem to work fine because the dog WANTS to go for a walk (turning back home if she keeps pulling/doesn't follow/...), but since ours just wants to go back home (even if we just left the front yard) I'm not sure what to do instead...

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Old 09-29-2015, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep ... start here:

https://www.boxerforums.com/training-...ead-leash.html

And ask questions there.

And if you can post a short clip??? I think that would be helpful.
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I will read up on your posted information, thank you, and I will try to get a clip of a walk next time!

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It seems I already read most of the stuff in the thread you posted. Most of these methods are for dogs who don't want to start moving, or don't want to go home though, it seems? Hera walks with us just fine, usually keeping so close to us that we almost end up tripping over her, up until the point where we're heading back towards home. That's when she starts pulling. When she does, we stop instantly and wait until she looks back to see what's going on, or until she sits down or calms down - which removes the tension. Only after do we start moving again - but the moment we do, she pulls. We've done this stop-look-go thing about every few steps, for the last week or more, but it makes no difference and sometimes it even makes her pull harder when we start moving again. We've also tried turning back around to try to show her that we decide where the walk goes, not her (as shown in the first video in your post), but that doesn't seem to have any effect either.

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Ruby had this problem too. Honestly I just kept taking her out for walks and when she would pull on the way home we would turn around and walk the other way. That seemed to help but what seemed to work best for her was to completely distract her by playing with her, and taking her completely out of her area miles away. She is almost 2 now and she heels perfectly at my side and has no more issues walking on a leash. She was just afraid out front and wanted to be back in her safe world/house/yard.
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Ruby had this problem too. Honestly I just kept taking her out for walks and when she would pull on the way home we would turn around and walk the other way. That seemed to help but what seemed to work best for her was to completely distract her by playing with her, and taking her completely out of her area miles away. She is almost 2 now and she heels perfectly at my side and has no more issues walking on a leash. She was just afraid out front and wanted to be back in her safe world/house/yard.

Yes, I do believe that being afraid is the biggest problem. The first few days when she got here she was so afraid to walk at all - her tail would be between her hind legs and she would be visibly shaking! She's a rescue pup and I think she's just not used to walking and traffic etc, because she came from a very big next (probably couldn't have walked 14 dogs easily) and a very quiet town. It's gotten so much better because she DOES walk with us and wags her tail etc, until we're starting to turn home. She even loves the dogpark where she can run loose, even though that scared her a bit at first, too.

When you say you distracted her by playing with her, do you mean you would play with her when she started pulling? During the walk? I can't really take her on walks outside of our area when we do her late night walk though.
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Dog Park ... especially with this dog??? Please read "Three Dogs Who Should Not Be at a Dog Park."
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Still thinking over "walk" issues here.

Wrong conclusion here ... "Most of these methods are for dogs who don't want to start moving, or don't want to go home though, it seems?"


I know it seems that way. I was surprised to! Those just happen to be the dogs that showed up. Working on it!
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I would keep her distracted towards the part of the walk where I knew we would be heading towards home. I had a small squeaky toy that she liked and I would squeak it every once in awhile and toss it within range of her leash. I was trying to help her realize that walks could be fun because she was terrified. But once she would realize where we were headed and started pulling I would turn us around immediately and pull her that way. My neighbors looked at me funny for a little bit but it worked everytime she pulled we turned around. When she didn't pull she got a treat.
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I second no dog parks!
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I will read up on your posted information, thank you, and I will try to get a clip of a walk next time!

Edit:

It seems I already read most of the stuff in the thread you posted. Most of these methods are for dogs who don't want to start moving, or don't want to go home though, it seems? Hera walks with us just fine, usually keeping so close to us that we almost end up tripping over her, up until the point where we're heading back towards home. That's when she starts pulling. When she does, we stop instantly and wait until she looks back to see what's going on, or until she sits down or calms down - which removes the tension. Only after do we start moving again - but the moment we do, she pulls. We've done this stop-look-go thing about every few steps, for the last week or more, but it makes no difference and sometimes it even makes her pull harder when we start moving again. We've also tried turning back around to try to show her that we decide where the walk goes, not her (as shown in the first video in your post), but that doesn't seem to have any effect either.
Ok been giving it some thought!

I'm going to guess ...if you turn and change directions she resist and you stop?? And most likely wait and see what she is going to do??

If that is the case ...don't! If your heading towards home and she starts to lunge ahead ...turn rapidly in the other direction and go that way!! Snatch her off her feet if you have to!

If you have the collar regardless of type positioned "high and tight" doing that should "not" be necessary?? But if she is still giving you flack?? Then it's not enough!

If she lunges in front of you and you rapidly change direction! She will "quickly" learn that it is in her best interest to "pay attention" to where "you" are going!

Give that a shot!
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No. If we turn around and she resists, I keep walking. She walks for a while, but again, once we turn another street back in the direction of home, she pulls again. I have tried doing this again and again, but the result is unchanging.

I don't see why there would be a problem with the dog park. There haven't been any dogs around anyway, she's always alone, she responds when she is called and stays close to us anyway. She doesn't run around wild and do whatever she wants to.
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