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Pulling on the lead 17 Mar 2013 20:46 #8422

Hi im new to the site so hi to everyone,
I have two akitas a male and a bitch,the bitch is now 18 months and the male is 8 months.
Im having trouble with my bitch pulling on the lead she used to be fine however most recently her strength when walking her is overwhelming.
For the last four days I've been trying to stop her doing this by stopping every time she pulls and not continuing till the lead loosens I can't really see any improvement am I being impatient or has anyone got any tips ?
Thank you- any help would be greatly appreciated as I want to enjoy taking her out not it be a nightmare.

Re: Pulling on the lead 17 Mar 2013 21:55 #8423

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We have recently started using a Halti which has been superb. We have tried a "canny collar" for the past couple of days which also has been very good with regard to me controling where I go and not the dog, I would check out the reviews on Amazon.

Re: Pulling on the lead 17 Mar 2013 23:28 #8424

Hello and welcome to the forum As suggested the Halti or canny collor is very good for stopping bad behaviour, it might take a little while for her to get used to wearing it but it's worth persivearing with it You say you've not seen an improvement in her pulling in the last 4 days even though you're doing some training with her, I think it will take longer than 4 days to notice an improvment and then suddenly you'll start to see a change.

You didn't say if you're walking the two dogs together? I'd suggest doing some heel walk training on her own, just you and her, it will be much easier for her to focus on you and what you want her to do, and you'll find it easier to train her without having to concentrate on the boy dog as well A good excersize to do is this one... as soon as she starts to pull and not respond to you calling her to "heel" you instantly turn and take her in the opposite direct to the one she's pulling towards, eventually she'll learn that when she pulls it gets her nowhere when I walk my Asia I give her treats while she's was walking well but as soon as she starts to missbehave by pulling or looking backwards (which is one her worse traits!) the treats stop coming Please let us know how you get on
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Re: Pulling on the lead 18 Mar 2013 14:03 #8427

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Definatly invest in a Halti, Canny collaretc, if you go to Pets at Home, they will help you fit one and show you how it's done, or if you have a good pet shop near you they can be as helpful as well.
If she is a foodie and likes her treats, then you need to distract her with them. If she starts pulling call her name, show her a treat and when she stops pulling and falls back to get the treat, use a word, such as heel, close, which ever suits you, when she is in the right place treat her and say good girl. I find you do have to get creative at times with these dogs, and what will work with one wont always work with another. !!
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Re: Pulling on the lead 18 Mar 2013 20:24 #8429

hi guys thank you all for the advise, I don't walk them both together it would be impossible they would be walking me lol,
Day 5 of walking and shes starting to get it she did pull however not as much as previously I don't really want to get a canny collar or halti I have looked at them I want to try and train her not to pull with out.
My dog doesn't pull he is really good both complete opposite's like you said though if me and my hubby walk them together she is worse they just want to play.
I will keep it up im determined for her not to pull however long it takes,
I will keep you all posted, ive attached a picture of my naughty puppy
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Re: Pulling on the lead 19 Mar 2013 14:46 #8438

she is soooo pretty

It sounds like you're getting it right, consistency is the answer and one day, out of the blue you'll see a change in her behaviour I can't wait to hear how she gets on
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