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      Help with pulling

      We got lax after puppy class and now he pulls like a lunatic and goes bananas when he sees about anything else with a pulse. Trying the treat in hand method, but hes not really getting it much after a week. Have not tried changing direction. I do stop and make him sit and wait when he pulls, but soon as he is moving its to the end of the leash. I was hoping to see more improvement in a week... he is 14 months. Prong didnt slow him at all so we stopped and use a martingale now.

      Need some tips. many thanks.

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      What is his behavior like around the house? That is, if you tell him to sit... how long does he sit? Will he sit and wait while you go in and out of the door first? Does he sit and wait until invited to eat his food? When it's time to go for a ride, does he jump in the car as soon as the door is open, or does he wait until he's invited to get in?

      If you come to a stop when he starts to pull, what happens next? Does he sit when you stop and wait until you come up into heel position and then only move forward again when told HEEL?

      I think you may be banging your head against a brick wall if you can't get some sort of obedience in less distracting settings around your house. I wouldn't be walking him in public if he is being an ape. It's just teaching him he doesn't have to listen to you.

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      Tell me what you do with the treat/food for training? Is he even interested in it while out walking?

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      Since you already know about it, why haven't you tried changing direction? That's what always worked for me.
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      Try another class. One puppy class won't be enough for most dogs or their owners. It's always easier to teach in class under controlled circumstances and then transfer to the outdoors.

      At that age stopping made no never mind to Oban but changing direction worked wonders. I still have to do it sometimes, it sure wasn't like teaching SIT or DOWN which did take only about a week. It's an ongoing thing. He only pulls to get to something with a pulse? Hah!! Peemail has no pulse, favourite grass to eat has no pulse, wild fallen apples have no pulse and on and on, they all can incite pulling.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TuMicks View Post
      What is his behavior like around the house? That is, if you tell him to sit... how long does he sit? Will he sit and wait while you go in and out of the door first? Does he sit and wait until invited to eat his food? When it's time to go for a ride, does he jump in the car as soon as the door is open, or does he wait until he's invited to get in?

      If you come to a stop when he starts to pull, what happens next? Does he sit when you stop and wait until you come up into heel position and then only move forward again when told HEEL?

      I think you may be banging your head against a brick wall if you can't get some sort of obedience in less distracting settings around your house. I wouldn't be walking him in public if he is being an ape. It's just teaching him he doesn't have to listen to you.
      Kona is pretty dreamy at home. he follows commands, he is very solid with the wait, sit, leave it commands, come could improve. mostly its just walking where he gets kinda wild. If i stop he sits and looks at me for directions. Heel he just doesnt get at all. Jack (our first lab) learned heel super fast.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      Since you already know about it, why haven't you tried changing direction? That's what always worked for me.
      hi, just read about this last night. will try today and see how it goes.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      Try another class. One puppy class won't be enough for most dogs or their owners. It's always easier to teach in class under controlled circumstances and then transfer to the outdoors.

      At that age stopping made no never mind to Oban but changing direction worked wonders. I still have to do it sometimes, it sure wasn't like teaching SIT or DOWN which did take only about a week. It's an ongoing thing. He only pulls to get to something with a pulse? Hah!! Peemail has no pulse, favourite grass to eat has no pulse, wild fallen apples have no pulse and on and on, they all can incite pulling.
      thanks! made me laugh some! Kona doesnt eat anything off the street at all. Its really great. Jack ate EVERYTHING that fit in his mouth...apples, rotten anything dead, etc.

      will definable try changing directions... Neighbors will be entertained - i see myself walking in circles...bahaha.

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      Quote Originally Posted by sandyut View Post
      hi, just read about this last night. will try today and see how it goes.
      I simultaneously say, "no pull" as I turn into the 180 reversal....go a few steps in that other direction and then, with a tight-ish leash, reverse again. At first, you'll need to repeat. And repeat. And repeat. Don't get discouraged. Once the dog figures things out, the need for this should get less and less.

      Sunnie needs reinforcement after my husband walks her, Danny never does. I've had dogs in the past who needed this done maybe a few times a year. (I.e., not headstrong like Sunnie and not as well behaved and smart as Danny.)

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      Oh....I see people doing this at the various parks we go to quite frequently. It's good to see people working with their dogs. Your neighbors will catch on and appreciate your efforts.

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