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Big/strong dog owners - Charlearose esp! Advice please.

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OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 06-Jan-13 00:34:13

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OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 06-Jan-13 00:35:14

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OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 06-Jan-13 01:15:06

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tabulahrasa Sun 06-Jan-13 01:21:59

It's ok, I worked out you meant the dogs were big and strong and not the owners, lol.

What are you using to walk her?

Is there nothing at all you can bribe her with?

littlewhitebag Sun 06-Jan-13 09:21:44

What kind of lead do you use? Maybe a halt or gentle leader type collar might help?

Jaynerae Sun 06-Jan-13 09:54:11

Friend of mine has a lab, who used to pull, she got a halti harness and it cured her problem. I have used halti head collar, gentle leader and halti harness for pulling dogs all with success, may be try one of those?

Blistory Sun 06-Jan-13 10:07:04

I tried halters but my girl just pulls more with any pressure against her chest. Head collars didn't work until I got a gentle leader. She doesn't seem to be able to pull on it but it also appears to calm her down.

We've spent months trying to train her to walk without pulling and whilst she's much better, if something catches her eye, I didn't stand a chance so need to stick with the gentle leader.

Your girl is still very young and exuberant so I'd try various head collars and halters as simply training her to walk nicely won't give you confidence to deal with her just yet.

Rosyisgonnabeamummy Sun 06-Jan-13 10:21:02

Have you tried a head collar? Kisi do them bespoke made. You can choose your colour / fabrics. They mail order but they are so helpful, give them a call and discuss your needs.

As with anything new its time and patients. If you do decide to get one, or anything different to what you have now, short bursts of exposure with maximum reward. For example, during the ad break have your dog try it on while you reward with cheese / sausage / something v v yummy. Your dog will associate the harness / head collar with a positive thing.

Next step would be walk around the house with it. Again with a high value treat. Then move out to the garden. And finally a short walk. Should take 10 days to fortnight.

Good luck!!!

I did this with a foster American bulldog who came with no training on or off lead. With a collar and lead she nearly had me over, and my shoulder was hanging on for dear life! We got a headcollar on day 2 from kisi. The difference was amazing. She went from being a nervous aggressive panter to a well behaved heel walking, calm, bomb proof beautiful girl. She has now been rehomed and she is doing really well.

OldBagWantsNewBag Sun 06-Jan-13 14:22:26

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RedwingWinter Sun 06-Jan-13 18:17:52

You've got some good advice here. Have you seen Kikopup's videos on teaching loose leash walking? They are great. (e.g.

My tip applies to big dogs that might make a sudden, unexpected lunge and you have to hang on to them. Tie a knot in the leash, somewhere near the base where it will be handy to hang on to. You'll need a longer leash to do this (a 2ft lead would be too short to have space for a knot). Then if you end up in a situation where the dog starts pulling and you have to hang on to the lead, you have something easy to hold on to. Your hand won't get burned from the lead slipping through it or crushed from having the lead wrapped around it.

Obvoiusly it is far far better to train your dog so it won't lunge like that, but I'm just sayin', as it's a useful stop-gap to save your hand from a burn or bruise.

charlearose Thu 10-Jan-13 14:08:37

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Imnotaslimjim Fri 11-Jan-13 10:16:51

I have an 8 stone rottweiler, and was in a similar situation. I couldn't walk him, he was like a kangaroo on speed. He pulled me over several times and no amount of treats distracted him! The DH bought him a Halti, and OMG the difference - even my 6yo DS can walk him now!

Obviously I can't say it WILL work for your DDB, but I think for the sake of a tenner, its worth a try!

OldBagWantsNewBag Sat 12-Jan-13 19:13:30

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charlearose Sat 12-Jan-13 19:36:57

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