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Loose leash training not going so well.

With all the snow we had, we didn't get to do much leash training. Now it was just beautiful the last week or so, BUT the dang sidewalks are a hazzard still! With the melt and freeze, we have areas in my neighbourhood just covered in ice. Even part of the front of our sidewalk is covered. We keep working on it, but then the huge snowhills we've had to make on our lawn starts melting, then it gets cold enough to freeze and once again we have ice on the sidewalk. It's like this all over my neighbourhood.

Needless to say, walking a pup who pulls and goes this way and that way on the leash is a dangerous endeavour.

She hasn't had much time outside on the leash so everything is new and exciting to her. We tried the leash pops, but she doesn't care. We are probably way too gentle on the pops, but hey, we're only wanting to use them as a reminder to pay attention, not to hurt her. When she did walk loosely, she was praised, but then she still ignored us because it's all so FUN to be walking outside of her fenced yard for once. Those cars, and people and smells are so fulfilling to the senses!

I wish we were allowed to go to the park and schoolyards with her but alas, it's against the law to bring dogs there in our City. I feel it would have fulfilled her need to be outside the yard and probably would have allowed us to get her attention a little more.

Can't wait until spring... which COULD happen in May, but not holding my breath.

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Oh how I feel your pain! We're going through the same thing with Mia.

It's been so cold and slippery outside that we haven't walked her as much as we should. We went a couple of times last week, even with the crazy cold. And this week we've gone twice now. We try to go every day, but it's for very short walks and it's not easy with the big mitts on to try to give treats so she keeps her focus on me.

I can't wait until the weather is milder (April-ish). But I don't want to wait until then to practice because then it'll be harder... which is why we still tough it and try to go almost every day...
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Sounds very familiar Shortcake. We also tried in the bitter cold. We could only train for 20 minutes or so. She was fine, but I wasn't. I prefer fresh snowfall to what we have now, at least then we have a grip on the sidewalks and no frozen ruts to twist our ankles with. Funny thing, I live in this cold climate and I'm the biggest wuss when it comes to cold weather.

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Yak trax.

Best thing EVER for walking on ice. I got mine at a sporting goods store, but you can also buy them online at http://yaktrax.com/. I wear these whenever it's icy, and I'm able to walk the dog comfortably without worrying about falling. They just go on the bottom of your shoes or boots and grip the ice really well. It's worth it to spend the extra money to get the ones with the strap across the top of your shoe. (I lost one of the other kind in a snow bank once and had to dig for it.)


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We tried the leash pops, but she doesn't care. We are probably way too gentle on the pops, but hey, we're only wanting to use them as a reminder to pay attention, not to hurt her.
I think you're wise not to make the leash pops hard and unpleasant. You may get a dutiful leash walker that way, but you'll never get the level of skill or the positive relationship you'll get through clicker or lure training leash skills. The pops should only be what you're using them for—little interruptions and reminders.

Initial leash walking is a drag. Do you have time to train her indoors on some leash skills? You can use treats to teach her to walk right next to you. You basically give her treats almost continuously if she stays next to you and stop treats and change direction if she goes ahead. She'll learn to look to you for cues, rather than running ahead to every little smell.
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I vote for Yak-trax, too!

But they don't help the leash pulling .

Can you sign up for an obedience course? They have them here at out local community college and they are very helpful. Finny still pulls a bit for birds and squirrels, but will stop and come back and sit at might my side when I call for heel. He basically does what I let him get away with. Abby is a great leash walker, perfect, unless we get too close to a passing human, she wants to be petted!

Good luck! The weather does make it difficult.

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Sounds very familiar Shortcake. We also tried in the bitter cold. We could only train for 20 minutes or so. She was fine, but I wasn't. I prefer fresh snowfall to what we have now, at least then we have a grip on the sidewalks and no frozen ruts to twist our ankles with. Funny thing, I live in this cold climate and I'm the biggest wuss when it comes to cold weather.
Yeah, I hate it too! And I was born here! You'd think after nearly 30 years of living here that I'd be used to it??
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Thank you for the yaktrax info. I just did a search for retailers around here, and they have one just down the road from me. I think I'm getting some for myself and some for hubster too. I wonder if it would be dangerous for him to use them on a construction site? I'm always so afraid that he'll slip and fall while at work. Hmmm... I just thought of something, I guess they wouldn't be too stable if he's walking joists and such, probably more of a hazzard then.

Marcy, yes, we're on week 2 of Puppy Kindergarten. Actually we're going tonight at 7:30 again. Our homework this week was loose leash training LOL! Guess my Sophie is going to be behind.

TK, I'm going to do a bit of inside training per your instructions. Let's hope she doesn't get so excited thinking she's actually going OUT for a walk lol. That's a good idea though! Wish us luck!

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Marcy, yes, we're on week 2 of Puppy Kindergarten. Actually we're going tonight at 7:30 again. Our homework this week was loose leash training LOL! Guess my Sophie is going to be behind.

TK, I'm going to do a bit of inside training per your instructions. Let's hope she doesn't get so excited thinking she's actually going OUT for a walk lol. That's a good idea though! Wish us luck!
I didn't realize you had puppy class too! That's great. They should give you some great targeting/luring techniques and practice. That'll be a lot more useful than my short little description.
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