I have recently adopted a 6 month old golden and we have been going to puppy classes. I don't think his old owners walked him much and when they did he was on a choke chain. I have had him on a longer lead so he can explore and run about and enjoy himself, but on path and roadway pulling him in tighter and controlling him. I have been taking him to puppy classes, and the trainer said he should be on a full choke chain to control him, he is quite a big boy and strong but gradually over the last few weeks i feel he has improved on the lead. I was quite happy with his behaviour in class today, feeling he is slowly getting better
The trainer demonstrated the use of a choke chain on him, i could tell he was confused and distressed, growling and whining, he was being pulled in all directions and even when he was standing still he was being tugged to move he stopped growling and yelped like he was in pain. He generally tries to please and I could tell he didnt understand what was expected of him. I couldn't look it was horrible, and when she let go of him he ran and hid behind my legs.
The trainer informed me i would have to walk him on a choke chain otherwise he would become aggressive. I was very upset when i left the class I feel he is such a good little lad who hasn't had the best start in life and i dont want him to be frightened.
I know i have to be firm and be in control but I don't know what to do, he is easy to train inside the house and never has shown any aggression towards anyone.
Just need some advice really,
Keep in mind we are not dealing with a small puppy here. This pup has had time to establish some undesirable behaviours (bad habits) before you got him. It is a different proposition to extinguish undesirable behaviours and replace them with desired behaviour than it is to undertake starting a young pup from scratch.
First, you must determine what it is YOU
are tying to accomplish with the pup. What are your expectations for the pup? Have you communicated your expectations and goals for the pup to the trainer?
Next, review the trainers credentials and accomplishments. If they have a proven track record of accomplishment, you may want to listen to what they have to say. They may see things in the pup that you don't yet at this point in time.
If the trainer doesn't possess any credentials to speak of, you may want to seek the aid of a more experienced trainer to help you.