Help with walking my dog please!?!?
My boyfriend and I just got a 12 week old boxer puppy about a week ago. So far, she is awesome. She's picking up the potty training really fast, she loves our cat, and she's learning to back off of our older dog. But she will not stop pulling on the leash when I take her out to walk!!! This is very very very important to me because when it's warm I go for walks at least four times a day. I've already looked up a lot of stuff on walking your dog and nothing is helping. I found one that said to stop walking when they start to pull and call them back to you. Doesn't work. I watched a couple videos showing the dog following the owner then when they pull, they change directions. Doesn't work! As soon as I step outside she pulls. I mean immediately. As soon as we get out the door she is pulling. I just don't know what to do. And I really want to get her trained before the summer and before she weighs seventy pounds.
Usually if your constant any of thoese are great ideas and work well. But becuase shes a big dog I would try one of the training collars they have in pet stores that get tighter the more they pull. So if they dont stop pulling they'll feel it. My vets have always recomended them and they worked well with my dog. But she is a small dog. One more thing is make sure you have the right size of leash for your dog. I didnt think it made a difference, but boy it does. I was using a little like 4 ft leash and found out at a training class that I should have atleast 6 feet for my small dog! I upgraded to one of those retractable leashes and just only let it out to 6 feet right before we go out side and even that little change made a huge difference.
Good luck I know how frustrating it can be to train a dog! lol
Def. keep doing the same thing over and over again. If you give up because it doesn't work within the first week then you're just sending yourself back to square one. I'd also probably carry treats to reward her when she is staying by your side and not pulling.
You should consider getting a Halti headcollar...you can get them from Amazon, and many pet shops. They come with a little training manual too, and are really quite successful at stopping pulling.
For a boxer, you should also consider training classes, and you need to be very firm during the first months.
moo used to pul when she was younger, think of it this way, its all new, the smells and sounds, she is just so excited to get going.
maybe hold the leash short that she has to walk by you
also, must see picture of puppy
Treats, keep her favourite treats in your pocket, when you get to the front door before going out, distract her with a treat to stop her getting over excited. Keep one of her treats in your hand and make sure she smells it. Every time she starts to pull, try distracting her again with the treat. Eventually she will associate walking next to you with treats.
I also (after much training) taught the dog that when he pulls, I stop. I will not start walking again till he sits and calms. You can look a bit silly standing in the middle of the street, telling the dog to sit (and normally followed by... If you don't sit, we're not walking anywhere) :0)
It's hard and takes time but is definitely worth it. See if you can find a safe place to let her off the lead to run and start working on getting her to return to you (treats and toys work well here) as she will associate coming back to you with good things. This should help with the pulling too.
Best of luck.
Thank you so much everybody. I know I'll definitely put a looooot of time into this. It's also a little hard to walk her right now because it is only seven degrees out and there are four foot snow piles everywhere, but I will try!! And I don't know how to put pictures in a post(I know, I'm technologically handicapped) so, if anyone could tell me I'll put up a picture of her! Thanks!
I use photobucket, and copy the img link here. I will show you like this
without the spaces
oh shoot even with the spaces, it posted ok I will try again
whitout the space, you get the link from photobucket
Thank you!! I got it now. And I'll see if this will work. Her name is Marceline.
adorable! one other thing to consider is to wear her out some before going on the leash walks, throw a ball play some catch, she is really young and energetic so burn up some of the wiggles first, let her calm a bit then try walking while maintaining that she stays with you, I am guessing from your comments about the snow that she is not getting a lot of run free time outside so remember that she needs to burn up her energy too
Yeah, I've been playing with her most of the day and if I don't she plays with our cat and he bolts around the house a lot. Hopefully it will warm up soon so I can take her out!
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