Serves me right for feeling smug about his lovely loose lead walking - and it was lovely up until about a week ago ...
Now dpup has suddenly started pulling like a train ... He's a 6.5 month old Toller - he's recently had a growth spurt, has got much stronger and much much faster and I think hormones are coming into play (has started cocking his leg). He's now saying 'sod your bit of chicken/sausage - I want to get to the park RIGHT NOW!!!'
I've been standing still until he stops pulling or doing the going in the opposite direction and he's ok for about 30 seconds and then starts pulling again
Training in general has gone to pot a bit . He's happy to spin round in circles, touch and target, rollover etc (i.e. all the fun stuff) but as soon as I try to practise a sit or down stay he pretends he's never heard the word before and looks at me blankly obviously thinking 'just talk to the paw ...'
<sigh> it's all dh's fault - he's taken him out a couple of times and hasn't been strict about not letting pulling get him anywhere and isn't patient enough to hang around going nowhere so my months of hard work have been undone - sniff
Sometimes it can help to turn around and walk in the opposite direction with a canine puller. So you set out with him on the lead, if he pulls, just turn around and walk the other way, repeating as necessary for up to 10 minutes then praise lavishly when he walks nicely.
Can I have a PM too? I have an 8 month old mongrel and am at the end of my tether with heel training. I feel like I stop and say heel 100s of times. He stops, scoots back and then shoots off again pulling. I feel like it is never going to work.
My dog got like this when he grew balls. He was so good, but about six months old, he was like, check them out, I've got balls now and I can do what I like! It's called being a teenager. Had him neautered, and then the attitude disappeared with the bollocks.