Lead training a Springer Spaniel


(Saddleworth, UK)

My 14 month old Springer Spaniel is terrible on the lead. I have tried a number of leads from the Halti, which he pulled so hard on his eyes were being squashed, the harness, which he broke in 24 hours and now the rope, which he pulls really hard on. Ive tried treats and positive commands, which he ignores, as he is so intent on persuing whatever is around him, cats or birds. He spends most of his time off the lead as we live in the countryside and he is brilliant, always comes to my command, but as soon as he goes on the lead he pulls. He is extremely strong, so crossing roads has become very dangerous and I am becoming exasperated and quite scared. He is a fantastic dog and companion in every other respect. Please help.


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May 01, 2013
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Sniffing Springer lead pulling NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I've an 8 month old springer who never stops pulling. She is constantly sniffing so its difficult to get her attention. Anyone know how to discourage a springer from sniffing while on lead?
Cheers.

Mar 16, 2012
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Lead NEW
by: James

Hi if it helps try walking close to a wall or hedge. My Springer immediately slowed down when space was limited and although he still pulls, especially when crossing a road, in town or in the village it is much more pleasant to walk knowing that by placing your leg close to a wall and with your Springer in between he will slow to a steady pace and not pull. Good luck!

Mar 06, 2012
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springer pulling NEW
by: Anonymous

we have a 12 month old and he is exactly the same, pulls like a sod but off lead fantastic. we tried everything to and have now resorted to a slip lead around his nose, he does try to scratch it off though but we dont have far to go till he goes off lead. my husband walks him mostly and has now got him to walk and cross roads off lead but i am a bit scared to do this lol. think if your springer doesnt like haltis he wont like the gencon or anything around the nose as ours keeps trying to get them off but we just pull him up and say no

Feb 29, 2012
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Lead training NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks everyone so much for the advice. Im going to try both training him at night near the roads and the gencon lead. Thanks again.

Feb 28, 2012
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Gencons are great NEW
by: Heather


Wouldn't be without our gencons, our dogs are off lead most of the time so consequently when they had to go on pulled dreadfully. Someone recommended gencons and after a couple of walks while they got used to it they walk perfectly next to me, no pulling up over the eyes like some of the other products and with the all in ones no need for a separate lead too.

Feb 26, 2012
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Try a Gencon! NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you tried a Gencon? They don't ride up into the eyes. My boy is 9 months old now and is pretty good when I'm walking him on his own (Unless there is a pheasant in the vicinity!) If he does start to pull, I stop and don't move. But obviously when walking another dog with him, or walking with friends, it isn't very practical! So in those circumstances I pop the Gencon on. I have the all in one version that fits anything from a Jack Russell to a Great Dane. It's great. The only time he attempts to get it off is if we stop for any reason, otherwise he is happily trotting along wagging his tail.

Feb 23, 2012
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Clumps of hair behind ears NEW
by: Niall Ireland

Our 14 months old ESS has clumps of hair behind ears but if i gop and try to snip them with sissors, she goes nuts yet she is constantly shaking her hear and scratching her ears at night. I am going to try showering her down tonight and maybe add some cod liver oil to soften them up - any suggestions please?

Feb 22, 2012
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thats springers for you lol NEW
by: Anonymous


Hi, all our Springers are exactly the same, we tried all the different leads and yeh they burst and broke every one. we're also quite rural so just keep them off lead just about all the time now.

with the roads i spent weeks going out in the middle of the night crossing roads back and forth over and over while there was no traffic about. plenty of praise and occasional treat and they soon get the message. now if i take them out, even if they run infront they stop and wait at the curb.

hope this helps :)


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