Monday, November 1, 2010

Goooooooooooooooood morning november!

Oops. I suck at life and forgot to blog there for a couple weeks. *whistles innocently*

I have no excuses. I shan't even pretend.

What I want to discuss today though is dogs. Specifically, walking dogs. More precisely, loose-leash-walking dogs. And heck, why don't I just go out and admit that I'm talking about training the Kirbster to LLW.

Kirbs is a terrible walker. We can't take her out on anything but a gentle leader, and even then she's a bossy thang, pulling us down the street. We've taken her to classes, and she's mastered sit, shake and down, but absolutely refuses to be walked nicely. It's to the point where we can't take her on a walk that even goes the length of our block.

So, does anyone have any suggestions for training a dog? I wish we could meander the 'hood like the pups at Two Pitties in the City! I'm always so jealous of their wanderings.

So help a girl out, how do I keep her under control? We've tried treats, reversing direction, stopping, ignoring her and nothing works.

So innocent, sleeping under the table.

2 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I have no idea. Nemo and Molly are pretty good on leash, but Melanie has outsmarted anyone who's ever tried to leash train her better. We actually took her to the same trainer we had with Nemo, and by the end of it he was just letting her eat treats as she wanted ;) She's too smart/stubborn/cute for her own good!

    We do use an easy walk harness with her, that thing is a miracle. I'm not sure if it would be better than a gentle leader, but maybe it's worth trying?

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  2. Thanks for the nice comment! Miss M actually used to be a really wild dog, and I used to dread taking her on a walks--which of course I had to do often since we don't have a yard. She wouldn't pay attention to me, but she's super-food motivated so I would bring the food and treat it like boot camp. Each time she would "look at me" she would get a treat. Then when we would walk and she would sit on command she would also get a treat. I like using the harness, but sometimes the prong has more control. It sounds like you're doing a lot of these things already, but just be tough and diligent. Again, Miss M used to be so crazy that there were times I had to physically lay on top of her on the sidewalk to keep her from biting at the leash. So I guess it just takes time. Good luck!

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