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please help, dog pulling

October 16th, 2005, 03:41 PM
Please help. I live in syria and there are no obedience classes.

I found snoopy one year ago as a tiny puppy in the countryside with a broken leg, starving, and it took 4 months of fixing his leg in this country. He just got bigger and bigger at home and I did not allow him out of the house, only to the balcony to poop as he kept breaking his leg on the staircase to outside. Now he is totally well, leg and all. Sweetie too, we love him. We have now moved to a house with a garden and he poops in the corner of the garden and my driver takes him for walks every morning to the countryside (off the leash) with my other dog Luna. I would like to take him for more walks around the neighbourhood on a lead, but it is turning imposssible.

Now he is 45 pounds and is crazy about going for walks. Trouble is, he pulls like crazy no matter how many times we scold him. I have another dog which is small (there are no aspca is syria, so I was the aspca) and would like to walk two dogs at the same time to save time. On my street, there are 1000s of cats and he just pulls and pulls like mad when he sees one, and even when he doesnt see one (he just likes the chase, no killing). He is a sweetie otherwise.

My husband is a big boy and I am a small girl (100 pounds) and taking snoopy out for a pulling walk around here is just turning imposssible, never mind taking two dogs. My husband drags his heels to take him because it is a big production around the block.We still take him every nite, but with great difficulty.

What could I do? We are thinking of a relocation to the US or UK, can we do obedience training for pulling after one year of age? What else do you suggest? He is a mutt so not too clever, only sweet. this is a pic of him when he was a puppy, perhaps you will understand why we couldnt bare to see him on the streets.


October 16th, 2005, 04:25 PM
I've had great results with giving quick little tugs when the leash is taut and praising when it is slack. Also, when they pull come to a complete stop until they stop (takes a while to go for a walk though).

I'll be interested to hear what others do.

October 16th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Get a prong collar!

October 16th, 2005, 07:58 PM
Depending on your dog's build, one quick fix might be to put one leg over the leash, so that it goes from the collar, down his chest, to come out behind his armpit. This way, when he pulls, he actually pulls his head down since the leash/collar attachement is in the middle of his throat, rather than the back of his neck.

Hope that made sense.

If my dog pulls, I stop and he has to stop pulling and sit at my left before I will budge again. It gives the dog power 'cause when he sits, I move forward again.

Another variation to try is to walk slower the more he is pulling until you are stopped (where upon he has to sit) and then start slowly and walk quicker and quicker until he's pulling aagin, then slow down..

October 16th, 2005, 09:53 PM
Snoopy is a total cutie and I am sure he is very clever. You just need to learn how to communciate with him in a way he already understands.
It is never too late to teach a dog and the resources you are going to find in the UK and the US are going to overwhelm you.
Here is our version of starting to teach him not to pull. Begin with the 2-step dance.
Heeling is a matter of the dog not leading the way - you are the leader. He should not be in front of you at all. When he takes 1 step past your toe line then you can turn into him and go the other can go quickly backwards 5-10 steps until he is by your side again and then progress forward with a loose leash, or you simply go in the opposite direction he wants to. It is not where he wants to go it is where you want to go - and for now you always want to go in the opposite direction he does. Then as soon as he figures it out you will continue to walk in one direction for longer and longer periods of time as long as he is being good.
There is a great drill we do called the 2-step dance, which we use a prerequisite to heeling. Have your dog on a loose leash beside you (in the house to start), and you are going to take 1, 2, or 3 (no more) steps away from him, giving him a cue with your leash and your words inviting him to join you. Then make an abrupt stop (you can even stomp your foot a bit), and see if he stops with you at your side or does he blow past you? If he stops with you then whisper - 'good job' and count to 10 slowly before you do it again. If he blows past you then IMMEDIATELY turn a 180 and go 1,2 or 3 steps in the opposite direction he wants to go - and start again. For awhile you might be darting all over the room as you attempt to get him to understand the rules of the game. But then a light will go off for him and he will stop and look up to you. PRAISE! *If he looks at you and creeps to sit in front of you that's okay so long as he is looking at you. The object of the game is to get him to care where you are going and to watch you and not cross your toe line. He is going to think "what is this crazy lady doing?" - changing directions every few seconds? Then he's going to realize that it is related to his actions. If his brain is everywhere else but on you then he gets to keep moving and moving and moving (the pressure) in a thousand different directions, but if he is paying attention and doing well then he gets to relax by your side (the release).

When you are successful in different rooms of your house then take it to the back yard and then the front yard and then down the driveway. Working until you are successful at different more challenging locations.
From there heeling should become a breeze.