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Old 11-27-2012, 07:24 PM
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Thanks everyone. It's just been a really frustrating couple of weeks. Liberty is really starting to test her boundaries and I guess I've just been spoiled so far. She's always been such a good girl and so eager to please. This new stubborn side of her is new to me! Maybe I need to get better (more tempting!!) treats lol
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:26 PM
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Max is five and I just gave in and bought a prong collar. I can't walk him without being in pain for the rest of the day, and much as I hate the idea of the thing, it's working and that's what matters. You are not a failure. If you are, so am I.
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you lady are no failure of that I can assure you! You are trying and that is what matters, reverting back to the GL doesnt make you a failure.

If it helps Jasper is a year now and my husband and I have tried so hard to train him on the lead but he is still husky like and easily distracted and i have a very dodgy shoulder and he really hurts me, not sure how i am going to cope when my husband is away for two weeks.

I have been trying to work on their recall instead and bought some ham and cheese treats which they adore and works like a charm in getting them back instantly, even if there is temptation to ignore me!!
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You are definitely not a failure! We have a gentle leader and we use it when we walk in the afternoon since there are so many people out. Do whatever you need to do to enjoy your walks with your dog . Then make special walks just for training. We do our "heel" walks in the morning when there aren't many people out and our fun "GL" walks in the afternoon when I know there are lots of neighborhood kids out playing. The GL really is great to use to keep you in control and your pup safe and happy!

Cooper and Libbie are about the same age and he just started testing his boundries too . When we were at our obedience class last night, we were doing polite greetings and Cooper did a great job so I gave him treats and gave him the cue to go back to our spot. He decided to plant his feet and gave me the "Andddd what are you going to do if I don't move" look. Sassy pups! I've heard this is just a phase though and they will get through it and turn out to be great dogs with training . I think you are doing awesome!!
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Don't get discouraged (easier said than done). As you've noted she's at that testing stage and things should get better. If she's been a good girl and eager to please in the past, I'm guessing she'll be that way again in the future.

Switching treats from time to time does work. Other things that have worked for me are varying the route for the walk and trying to burn off some of that energy by off leash running in a dog park or other fenced area.
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Don't say that. You're not a failure. You're trying the best you could.
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Thanks everyone. It's just been a really frustrating couple of weeks. Liberty is really starting to test her boundaries and I guess I've just been spoiled so far. She's always been such a good girl and so eager to please. This new stubborn side of her is new to me! Maybe I need to get better (more tempting!!) treats lol
Are you using the GL collar or the harness? I need help too. Vinnie is almost 8 months and its getting harder to walk him. I also worry about when we start getting snow and ice that I may fall and break a hip or something.

If you have a tool to make walks more enjoyable for both of you, you should not feel guilty using it.


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I used a Gentle Leader for mine too. It protects you and your pup, for a more enjoyable walk.
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Cooper and Libbie are about the same age and he just started testing his boundries too . When we were at our obedience class last night, we were doing polite greetings and Cooper did a great job so I gave him treats and gave him the cue to go back to our spot. He decided to plant his feet and gave me the "Andddd what are you going to do if I don't move" look. Sassy pups! I've heard this is just a phase though and they will get through it and turn out to be great dogs with training . I think you are doing awesome!!
Oh gosh! don't even get me started on the polite greetings. Lately she wants to run and jump at every person that comes to our door. She never even used to react if the doorbell rang. I tell her to go and lie down on her mat when the doorbell rings and she just looks at me as if to say "you gonna make me?". I think part of the reason I'm finding this so difficult is that I have two teens that are going through this stage right now as well! LORD help me!
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I've had so many problems with Tayla that having another puppy makes me run screaming, but the only problem we don't have on walks is greetings. She is very polite and never pulls to get to people. If we stop to talk she will sniff the grass, sit down or lay down. People always pet her and I make her sit, but she is not overly excited to start with. A little wiggly, but never jumpy. I don't know why. God knows its nothing I've done right. I'm glad she is that way. One less thing on my list. Good luck to you all.


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