awful walker

by elaine
(walsall)

Laycee, my beautiful 4 month old liver and white springer spaniel girl pulls on the lead


She is almost walking on her two back legs she pulls so much. It's a trial taking her out when we should be enjoying our time out.

She also goes mad and barks when cars pass us,the advice we had on this site when she was nipping really worked thank you. Shes just such a sweet heart and is so loving just hope we can sort this out. Thankyou.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
Springers are terrible on the lead, this is one area I have really struggled with over the years with mine.

I would suggest keeping up the obedience training several times a day espcially around the heel work. What I have always found to be very good is to really wrk with them after their walk - they are tired and will concentrate more. Keep perservering it will get better if you put in the hours

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Dec 10, 2010
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Walking on a lead
by: Andrew

Two things help.

If, when he pulls, you advance AT ALL, you are telling him that pulling is a successful method. When he pulls, STOP in your tracks. Pulling should get him nowhere. When he is not moving, tell him to sit and give him a treat for sitting. Then say, OK and walk onward. When he pulls again, STOP and do it always. Consistently tell him that pulling only immobilizes him.

Then, there is a harness that has a loop NOT on his back but on his chest. This is great because when he does pull, it twists him off balance but doesnt choke him. We have one for our dog and when we go to Doggy Kindergarten, we use it as Cooper loves to launch like a rocket, forward to play with his friends.

Oct 26, 2010
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PULLING ON LEAD
by: VERNON

WE HAVE A 6MTH SPRINGER WHO IS GREAT OFF LEAD, COMES WHEN CALLED EVERYTIME. BUT HE'S A NIGHTMARE WHEN ON THE LEAD, HE PULLS SO HARD HE CHOKES HIMSELF, SO WE TRIED A SIMPLE LOOP LEAD (FOUND IN ANY GOOD PET STORE) WE TURN THE LOOP INTO A FIGURE OF EIGHT SO IT GOES OVER HIS HEAD AND ROUND HIS NOSE, THE CROSS OVER GOES UNDER HIS CHIN. IT WORKS, HE DID'NT LIKE IT MUCH AT FIRST BUT SOON GOT USE TO IT AND NOW WALKS BY OUR SIDE WITH NO TROUBLE AS HE CANNOT PULL EVEN IF HE WANTS TOO, IT JUST MAKES HIM WALK IN A CIRCLE, SO HE SOON LEARNT NOT TO BOTHER. HOPE THIS HELPS

Oct 13, 2010
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Classes
by: Patti

I would suggest that you look for a training class that uses positive
methods. If anyone is offering a clicker class you may want to try them. I have clicker trained my first springer and now have a new 10 week old girl I am training with the clicker. She is learning much quicker than my male that I did not start out with a clicker. In 2 weeks I have taught her a sit, down, spin, touch, leave-it, and loose leash walking. I have done three 5 minute sessions a day. I have found the clicker to be a wonderful tool for communication.

Oct 12, 2010
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Obedience training
by: Michele

Find a good obedience class in your area. You will both learn the proper dog walking techniques, as well as several other basic skills. Look for a class that is given by a dog training club or reputable kennel. My personal experience is to stay away from classes given at the pet store.

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