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Hi all

I do seem to be having a lot of trouble with lead work. Smudge can pull for England and as he gets bigger, this becomes an increasing problem.

My trainer has advised me to stop if he pulls and to only walk when the lead is slack. However, when I stop, as soon as we move off again, he pulls right away. Also, she advised me to click and treat as soon as the lead is slack but when we are out, he never hears the clicker and so I can't reward him when he's doing it right! He wears a harness and believe me this is working 100 times better than a collar and lead did! I tried to take him out on his collar and lead the other day as we couldn't find his harness but it was unbearable! Even with the harness though, it's very difficult. Any tips here would be greatly appreciated.

Also, whenever I go to brush him, he thinks it's a game and starts turning around and trying to play with the brush! I used to have a dog that used to love being brushed and used to sit so lovely and still whilst I did it. Mind you, he was a bit older. At our next training session in 10 days or so, we are going to be doing grooming and I would like to get him a bit better before then.

All the best,
Nicola.
 

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Hi

I cant offer advice on the lead training - 3yrs old and mine are still bad.

But as for grooming mine used to do exactly the same thing and try and bite the brush and have a play. I don't know what I did right but as they have got older they love it and wiggle less. They stand and look like they are in heaven enjoying it so much. I did used to treat them after grooming but mostly it comes with age I think. They used to do the same when I towl dried them and now again they stand and let me dry them for ages.

I am sure someone will have a training method for you on it. Good luck.
 

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I have no problem with grooming with Dylan as he loves it also when i dry my hair he cannot get under the drier quick enough,it's the towels he hates and i have a continual fight to dry him he just so hates it but it's not just me as when Ian is home the same thing happens,i think that maybe when he was born he was dried a little too roughly well thats what i think anyway,any ideas ?oh, and treats dont work either.Lynne.
 

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Hi Nicola,

re the lead walking, instead of just stopping when he pulls, have you tried quickly turning 180 degrees and walking the other way? You need to turn round as soon as he gets in front of you and can't see you, rather than wait till he gets to the end of the lead (a 5-foot ish lead is good for this). Basically you need to be Ms Unpredictable, so that he thinks 'I've no idea where this crazy woman is going next so I better keep an eye on her.' At first you will find you are turning up and down the road an awful lot, so best to set aside sessions that you don't think of as going for a walk, but purely training, otherwise you may get frustrated at not going anywhere! You may also get some strange looks...
Maybe when you actually want to get somewhere for a walk with him and don't have time to faff about, you could use the harness, and just use the collar and lead when you don't mind taking time. With perseverance you should find he improves an awful lot and pays more attention to you as you walk along. I have found it's important to get the timing right and be consistent, then he should start to think that his pulling on the lead causes you to turn and walk the other way.
Good luck with it anyway!
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Hi

Maddie is just the same on the lead, no matter what we have read and the advice we have followed from our trainer it just dont seem to work!! We are now introducing her to a halti.

Regards to grooming we find the best time for this is when she is eating as nothing will distract her when she has her head in the food bowl!!!!

Good Luck :D
 

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Hi Nicola
The key to any training is to take it in stages and never allow them to do something you don't want them to do. Every time he pulls you are teaching him to pull.
Do you practice and does he walk to heel indoors? What about in the garden? or in the street where you live?
The stop, starting, changing directions that swillsy suggests will help keep his attention on you.
An easy mistake to make is to go for a walk, find puppy pulls and want to stop it pulling. Instead, from the minute I get out the door, I am training it to walk nicely on the lead. If I only go 10 yards down the road at first, it doesn't matter, and I never take a dog out that needs training if I am in a hurry to get somewhere, and so cannot give my full concentration to training.
Personally, I teach heel walking off lead - it means you have to work harder to get their attention. (I'm not suggesting you do this except at home or in the garden)
If you're clicker training you could try Kay Laurence's Walk with me booklet
http://www.learningaboutdogs.com/acatalog/Specialised_Clicker_Training.html
HTH :)
 

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Hi all

Thanks as ever everyone for your advice - greatly appreciated. Sophie, I think I will try the turning around thing - have tried once before and it did seem to start working so fingers crossed! I am used to getting strange looks when we are out for keep stopping! lol! And if I had a penny for everytime someone said "taking YOU for a walk is he?", I would be very rich young (no comments Julie!) lady!

And as for being Ms Unpredictable, I think Chris will say I've got that down to a fine art!

All the best and thanks again for your advice,
Nicola.
 

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Hi Lablover

Just saw your reply as I had posted my last one! lol!

Many thanks for the link and the tips. Smudge does walk pretty much to heel around the house and I think you're right about the garden too. We should be able to do quite a lot of work out there.

All the best,
Nicola.
 
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