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Scooby is 5 months old but still gets very excited and jumps and licks everyone he meets.

In the mornings when he is let out his crate, he is possessed! I try to keep him down and say 'steady, steady' and stroke him slowly but it doesn't seem to have any effect.

Also when he is out for a walk he just wants to sniff everything and constantly pulls on the lead. I have been doing as I have been told at the obedience classes (take 3 steps back) and keep the lead short and have even tried a lead that tightens (not a chain) but nothing stops him. He is better when you are on a path but if you are on or near grass then he is a nightmare.

Any suggestions as I am only petite build and I it won't be too long till I won't be able to hold him back?
 

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Hi Tracey

Sounds just like Buster ( who is also 5 months old ) I use a Mikki Walkrite harness on Buster , it doesnt stop him pulling completely, but it cushions the pull, which means he doesnt choke and I don't get my arm pulled out of the socket.

I have tried stopping and standing still when he pulls, it took about 20 minutes just to get up the street but it doesnt realy have any effect. I have tried a combination lead ( sounds like the one you have tried ) but he still pulls then starts choking, so I've stopped using that.

He's not to bad (apart from the sniffing ) when there is nobody about , but as soon as someone comes into sight he starts pulling like a tram!

I have heard about the Walkezee Harness yesterday that apparently stops them pulling. This is the website http://www.walkezee.com

Kev
 

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Hi There

have you tried keeping the lead slack when your dog see's anyone in the street?

If the lead is tight then the dog knows it has you to back it up so it pulls you where it wants to go.

Try standing still and putting the dog in a sit position when someone walks toward you let the lead hang slack and the dog should still get excited but it wont be as confident to go toward the person, if it does make a move then give it a tug back and put it in sit position.

Lynne and I have been to a few training classes but found that they were more like socialisation classes for the dogs and we were not really learning anything, we decided to go to a guy who stays near us who trains search and rescue dogs and gun dogs and learned more in 5 minutes than what we had learned in the first 10 months of Jess's life.

Were learning more how the dog thinks now and its made an unbelievable difference and we have only been for an hour in total.

i think learning more about how your dog thinks helps more when trying to train them but thats just my point of view.

HTH anyway

Gordon
 

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I can only say what works for me. Harvey dosent walk perfectly to heel but I have developed a method of holding a treat in my lead hand which I only drop when the lead is slack, his head is where i want it to be and I have eye contact. As long as his desire for that treat outweighs the desire to charge ahead then it works reasonably well. For this I use high value treats such as pieces of Ocean Bites which he loves!

Years ago I would use a choke collar, because it was the accepted method and I didnt know any better. Thankfully those days are gone, the treat way is not only less stressful for me and the dog, but it works better as well!

A common mistake i see people making is hauling on the end of a lead while the dog is straining to get to Lands End shouting "Heel!" All this teaches the dog is to associate the word "Heel" with pulling. Only use the word when the dog is in the Heel position, combined with a "click & treat" most dogs will eventually get the message

Patience and consistancy .. :wink:

Cheers
Nigel
 

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Hi
Another sugguestion that worked with Toffee (Not Popcorn because she is a raving nutter still!)
Is that when I was out and about with her and someone would be coming towards us and she'd want to jump up at them, I used a trigger word. That I used in the house when she did something wrong. She would then automatically sit and look at me and not even notice the other person. Now she is fine though and doesn't even give another person a second look...unless she knows them!
It didn't work with Popcorn though so I guess it's just depends on your dogs individual personnality.
I hope it all works out for you!
Chris :wink:
 

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Hi Chris, i know you are right there when you say it depends on your dog, it just sometimes gets to me when people who may have read a good book or watched the discovery channel say this is how you should do it ,and if it works for me it has to work for you,every dog and owner are different we all have our own way of doing things and if everything was done the same way by everyone imagine how boring we would be.My dogs have all been different,and i have had so much fun finding out how different they all have been,i'm not knocking the books as i have done it all myself, but im happier to let us do it our way.Lynne.
 

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branwen said:
i'm not knocking the books as i have done it all myself, but im happier to let us do it our way.Lynne.
I know exactly what you mean! I love reading the training books and finding out ways people have trained their dog but at the end of the day it's your dog and only you know how he/she acts!
Chris :wink:
 
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