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teenage stage - he is testing you to see how far he can go. Hormones kicking in ....etc.
Rose has decided after a week of great bumper retrieves, holding and bringing it right back like a hunting pup that she doesn't have to do it anymore. She is running around me, jumping watching me with the corner of her eye and enticing me to the nth degree. I let her blow some energy and completely ignore her and then stick the bumper in her mouth and make her heel all the way back home. Once we get closer to the house I switch back from the 50 yard rope to the leash and move back into training mode. I noticed that giving her a job like holding the bumper in her mouth has taken her mind off the miss-behaving like puling and jumping.


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Have you tried the Gentle Leader? Works great with Max.
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I've had a pair for years. My experience is that they don't work so well on glare ice. I just tried them again last week. They're better than nothing, but the screws work sooooo much better.

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You should get him a backpack!! That's what I'm using with Diego. It helps TREMENDOUSLY. It makes them focused on a job, and not pulling. I put one or two water bottles in each pack. I always run with my boy first, get his energy out so he's more relaxed to walk next to me. I use the SENSE-ible front clip harness. It works way better than the easy walker. I'm also against prongs, they don't really train a dog to not pull. What I do is basically just treat when he's walking nicely. You can practice this through the house and backyard. Just do what's best for you.

Let us know how it goes. I know it can be so frustrating. Diego's been pulling for 6 years of his life, but with consistent training I've got him walking by my side. I always thought it would never be possible, but it is. Hang in there!

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I've had a pair for years. My experience is that they don't work so well on glare ice. I just tried them again last week. They're better than nothing, but the screws work sooooo much better.
Although.....I did not realize that Yaktrax makes these, with the steel spikes. Mine only have the coils. These are $40 though. Ouch!


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We do the leash trick the kwhit posted except we put it right behind the front legs, so when she pulls she creates the pressure on herself. It works to be able to stop the pulling long enough to get home if nothing else.


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Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, we had our morning walk. Oy vey.
I decided to see how he would walk just on the leash but I brought other things with me just in case.
No, he would not walk on the leash. He acted like a quarter horse pulling again. So I wrapped the leash around his body the way Karen showed me and he turned into a Bronking Bucko, literally.

People that are used to seeing us walk nicely every morning were giggling asking what was up with 'sweet little Bentley'. gggrrr
I was getting frustrated because I'm trying to work with him with my 2nd migraine in a week. I would put him in a sit/stay and he would jump right back up and try to pull away.
We made another attempt at walking and he actually snarled at me! I tied his leash to a fence and walked about 25 feet away from him to calm myself down. He was acting like a bull the entire time trying to pull the fence down.
I decided to try the Halti for our walk home.

When I tried to put the Halti on him he tried to nip my hands. By this time I had HAD IT. I wrapped the leash around him like Karen showed me and I also wrapped it around his snout and we "walked" home that way with him pretty much hog tied. People were laughing thinking we were putting on a funny show for them when the entire time I was ready to strangle this dog.

We walked in the house, I took the leash off and he immediately ran over to the baby gate and started tearing the plastic foot release off of it. By the time I got my coat off the gate was destroyed.

I locked him in jail anyway, I used a bungee cord to secure the gate and that's where he remains.
I'm spoiled. I'm used to getting an adult dog and training them. Once they're trained they stay trained as long as you work at it everyday. Bentley is trained, he knows how to behave and other than his goofiness he behaves well. Until now.
I swear I heard him yell "Shut up, your not my real mother!"

I'm going back into my dark bedroom until this headache passes. Bentley can stay in jail until the cows come home.
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post #18 of 71 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 09:37 AM
ohhhh boyyyy Bentley! You are REALLY asking for it! Please be good to your Mama!

Gosh, I feel for you Joyce. You know, if you do decide to use the prong collar, I'm sure you already know this, but please make sure you have someone who really knows how to use it correctly to teach you. I actually really like using mine. It's like power steering for dogs that pull, and for me it's a temporary solution: first you learn how to get your dog under control, then you can "graduate" to a different collar. I was taught how to use it by 2 separate trainers, both with very similar instructions. You NEVER hurt the dog by using it: it's just a short/quick/strong pull on the leash (as a correction only) and then an immediate release of the pull. You can continue your usual training including heeling, etc., just use the prong for when you're correcting the dog. There are a few YouTube videos out there showing the technique.

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Have you tried the Easy Walker from Pet smart? The Halti was also a failure for Roxy. But he Easy Walker harness is great. If not you can return it( I do love that about Pet Smart). Good Luck:-)
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Oh Joyce,

I'm sorry to hear about your migraine yet again.

It does sound like the teenage phase....what a stinker....I've no words of wisdom on this, our one and only big dog before Sage was just a great dog, she would pull and I would tell her back and she would get in line with me. Her teenage years are a blur, with three small kids and a big puppy I can't remember it all....sigh....We do use the Easy Walker at the moment with Sage and Emma...works great! But I do want to teach Sage good leash manners....

Hope you feel better soon and really hoping this is your last migraine ever....
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