Join Date: Nov 2012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanked 21 Times in 12 Posts
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,