First time springer spaniel owner with pulling problems!!!

by Rhiannon Roberts
(Wales)

I'm 17 and got my very first springer, Pansy, for christmas 2010 as my little beshion/yorkshire terrier sadly had to be put to sleep the august before.


It took me a while to accept her as being mine for a while as I was still greiving and wasn't used to owning such an active dog, mum however thought it would be a good way to get me out more.

Now we've started to bond more and we've just started obedience classes, only problem with her she pulls, she's only 8 months and it feels like I'm getting no-where! I tried a choke-chain (although I HATED it!) and now I'm trying a gentle-lead. Is there any advice or techniques I could use with this gentle-leader as she's still finding a way to pull, help!

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Try this technique

as soon as she pulls, turn in the opposite direction, she will soon learn that pullin means she won't get to where she is going.

Good luck

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Jul 17, 2011
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by: Anonymous

loose lead walking back excellent idea,i sometimes find it works for a while and then they forget,i hate the choke chain method,each to their own,
found a wonderful idea called the gencon lead can be found on ebay,i went direct to the manufactors they took time to explain the benefits and how to use it,,,
I still continue to use the clicker method and together with the above lead i know have two attentive springers ,

Jul 17, 2011
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by: Kay

Our springer is 19 months now and still loves to pull on the lead. Like all the previous comments I have tried most methods, but she just likes the freedom of being off the lead. However, I have found the Halti to be the kindest method of slowing her pulling. Normally, we find she pulls most at the beginning of the walk once she has had a good run, she much more responsive on the lead. Maybe you could try the walking to heel method after the dog has burnt off some energy.
Although I can take our dog for 6 miles plus, and she still has loads of energy. The more you walk them the stronger they get!

Jul 17, 2011
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re spaniel pulling
by: Shara Halls

Agree with the comments re loose lead walking. Choke chains and other techniques are ways to try and stop the dog doing it forcefully but patience and dedication and bonding with the dog with using a lead , such as 2m long with ordinary collar, with the dog getting used to the lead being losses, and then once it goes tight, then turn and go the other way , clciking to encourage and treating, if when it does and turn again, if it starts to go tight. the dog will then be used to the lead being loose , without it hurting its neck and will begin to enjoy wanting to follow and be in tune with you. It takes time and yes frustrating at the beginning.practice at first in a place, where less smells, for a spaniel to be distracted. Don't pull and yank the lead back- that creates more tension in the lead and dogs can be tempted to yank further forward too. There are books about it. apssing at the class isn't priority but you and the dog doing this togehter and going at your own pace.maybe someone could show you, what we mean, as so much easier then and less disheartening.

Jul 17, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Get a harness stopped our little monkey pulling as much!!!

Jul 10, 2011
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by: annette

buy a halti, i have 2 springers, brother and sister, 2yrs old now, i had the same problem, but! the minute i put a halti on, no pulling! they walk great to heal now, best things i ever bought , annette.

Jul 10, 2011
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by: Patti

Loose leash walking is probably the most difficult behavior to teach your springer. Have you heard about clicker training? I train all my springers with the clicker and have had wonderful results. There is a wonderful easy read book called Clicking with your Dog by Peggy Tillman. We use it in the obedience classes I teach at the Humane Society of Missouri. You may want to explore this method of training. It wil teach your dog to CHOOSE to heel because it's FUN!

Jul 05, 2011
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by: Rhiannon Roberts

thank you for replying and approving my question, I tried this technique for a while before and she just didnt seem to get that we weren't moving anywhere, if anything it was driving me more nuts than her! haha

She goes to obedience classes also and is now preparing for her bronze award, but she can't pass until she walks in a calm manor with me. Any other ideas? She's 12 months now and am getting worried she's never going to learn.

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