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Old August 20th, 2013, 10:36 PM
rottysrule rottysrule is offline
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dog crossing behind u while walking

ok need ideas on how to break Nyx of the habit of going behind me n to switch sides. she used to do this once in a blue moon. Since getting Karma its now almost any time she on a leash walk. which is daily until we can get to where its offleash.
It doesn't matter if Karma is walking on the same side or opposite side of her she will all of a sudden go behind me to walk on the other side. Its driving me crazy cause i can't be letting her do that more so if my mom has to walk them.

Karma started to do it a once or twice on the walk but once i corrected her by telling her no and making sure she stayed on one side unless she crossed in front. She didn't do it again.

With Nyx being the 100lbs its alot harder to hold her to one side at times as i can correct her and we start walking again she slows down to walking beside me(which i would want at times) and then she goes behind before i can correct her. I am drawing blanks as how to really correct her on this.I moved her onto the shorter leash and she still does it. so now walk time its as relaxing as i would like cause i have to keep trying to correct her on this.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 07:47 AM
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Would it help if the leash was a shorter? I use to walk Marty with a 6 ft leash but I would keep tripping on the leash and Marty would try to walk on my right side and I have use my cane on that that side . So I how use his 4 ft leash and boy it helped a lot . I do not want Marty walking right next as he is so small and I can't see him and if I lose my balance I could step on his little paw. This has happen before. . I something wish I hand one more hand as it is can be a juggling act hold the leash and my cane and trying to pick up Marty's poop.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 08:27 AM
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BK gives good advice
Curious- what kind of leash are you using, and how long is it?
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Old August 21st, 2013, 11:32 AM
rottysrule rottysrule is offline
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ones just over 3 feet n the other is just over 5 feet.
i using a regular nylon leash, when i walk late at night i have a leash that flashes about that's about 4 feet.
tried the shorter and it doesn't help. she was a bit better late last night as i let them have some free time before i leashed them. (got to love small towns that are usually dead just after 10pm in most areas).
I do have a daul nylon dog leash, i just hate to have to use it as i rather not try and not correct the dog thats behaving, will use it more as they get older and more behaved for some of their walks.

Have tried the shorter leash it helps but not so much as she usually catches my legs a lot faster then with the some what longer leash.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 01:09 PM
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Then you may need to have a dog trainer help you before you get knocked off your feet. There are some self-help utubes on lines , I am not sure how good the dog trainers are but I found something interesting about why we walk our dog on the left side . At one time guns where on the right side of people so they walked their dogs on the left side so it would not get shot by mistake. I wonder if this is true.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 05:56 PM
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another possibility

I don't normally use retractable leashes but have found when walking more than one it's handy because you can keep it short, making it impossible for the dog to leave your side more than a few inches.
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