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Bentley is on my last nerve!

I don't know if it's because he hates going for walks in the snow or what his reason is but last night and today Bentley has been pulling terribly hard on walks. This is what we looked like this morning.....



I tried every trick I know and couldn't get him to stop pulling. He's strong as an Ox so he has no problem pulling me, add slippery side walks to the mix and you have an idea of my morning.

For our afternoon walk we'll be leaving Ky home and I'll wear my boots with the good traction. This dog is going to stop pulling today.
It's so aggravating because our walks are usually fun. I've never met a dog that hated snow as much as Broadway does

He's such a diva!
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Where did you get that picture of Max?
We've resorted to the Halti to be able to walk at all, and so far, it's working. Keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn't get used to it like he has everything else.
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Screw some short sheet metal screws into the soles of your boots for traction on ice. Seriously. You can take them out later, and the boots will be as good as new. I've been doing this for years with running shoes.

The Screw Shoe: The best way to run on packed snow and ice!


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Screw some short sheet metal screws into the soles of your boots for traction on ice. Seriously. You can take them out later, and the boots will be as good as new. I've been doing this for years with running shoes.

The Screw Shoe: The best way to run on packed snow and ice!

Or get yourself a pair of Stabilicers! Totally PREVENTS slipping on ice, for real! I personally have been using the stabilicers LITE for the past couple of years. Just remember to take them off between walks, otherwise if they stay on your boots for a whole year, e.g., thru the summer, and then you wear them in the snow, they'll probably slip off.

http://www.amazon.com/STABILICERS-Stabilicers/dp/B0002Z3G40

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Studs on the stabilizers look similar to screws. I'm sure they both work. I'm confident enough in screw shoes to run on glare ice, and have never slipped. I haven't yet put them in my boots for walking Bella, but I should.

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Try this method, it really does work:

Step 1: take a section of your 6 foot leash in your hand about the length of the dog's back (from the collar)

Step 2: wrap the free end of the leash under the dog.

Step 3: pass the free end of the leash under where you determined the correct length to be

Step 4: pull snug, not tight

Step 5: position the loop around the dog's flanks, with the slip over his back. If you have a boy, make sure it is behind the boy 'puppy part' so not to hurt it.
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Thanks Karen, I will try that. We just spent over an hour and we didn't even make it a full city block. He has sudden'y decided that pulling is fun and I come home with a sore arm.
For our hour long block walk I stopped every time he pulled. We can't get any exercise like that.
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Thanks Karen, I will try that. We just spent over an hour and we didn't even make it a full city block. He has sudden'y decided that pulling is fun and I come home with a sore arm.
For our hour long block walk I stopped every time he pulled. We can't get any exercise like that.
Yup, he's been talkin to Max. They dearly do love to pull
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Because I have another headache starting I took Bentley for his last walk a little early tonight. Fail.
We have been through this and he knows how to walk so going backwards is not acceptable. I see a chiropractor 3 times a week for my back and all this pulling counteracts that.

I'm giving him one week to get it together. That will be 21 walks. I have always been 100% against prong collars but if at the end of a week he still wants to pull, that will be my next purchase.
When he wants to behave he can do it but the decision is not his to make. I don't understand why all of a sudden he has chosen to pull like a horse but I will not tolerate it.
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Bentley is on my last nerve!

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Studs on the stabilizers look similar to screws. I'm sure they both work. I'm confident enough in screw shoes to run on glare ice, and have never slipped. I haven't yet put them in my boots for walking Bella, but I should.
Yaktrax work well too.


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