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OK, so Kane is now well enough to go for walks! hooray!

Except he is a puller (like all dogs I guess until you train them). At home he is super receptive to treats and has learned a lot of tricks with food as a motivation but outside in the big wide world, he just isnt interested in treats, he is interested and overstimulated by everything around him.

I just watched a YouTube video which endorsed the use of a slip collar and another with treats as the motivator . How do I even begin??

 

I plan to take Kane to obedience once the classes open back up but in the meantime I don't want to reinforce pulling behaviors but I do want him to be able to get out and see the world. He has been very minimally socialised due to his surgery and delayed vaccinations.

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Tassie   

Good to hear he's well enough for walks.

Think of the walks as a training exercise, rather than thinking of getting any distance at this stage..  You can use tools like front attach harnesses, or head halters  = one that connects to the collar at the front as well as the lead at the back .. helps to prevent accidental jerking.'

With both of these tools you need to condition the dog to like or at least tolerate them first, and practise using them in quiet situations... using your treats.

There are lots of force free methods … best practised in quiet environments .. an empty sports field for instance,, where you can do lots of 'doodling' short distances .. as in a few steps, with lots of smooth turns .. you just change your direction, reward dog as he responds to you and catches up with you .. rinse and repeat.  If he starts to pull you change direction .. the idea being that he gets the idea that he's going where you go, rather than pulling you where he wants to go.

YouTube resources you might find helpful .. look for Zak George,  Kikopup, and Glasgow Dog Trainer. 

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Dogsfevr   

I would buy sports witches hats or cones .

Set up in the front garden and start doing weaving ,walking to a station (aka cone) asking for a task /trick then back inside.

Walking out the door I have never taught the let me out first stuff but my dogs are taught before going out the gate or door to acknowledge me as more fun .

With puppies I often take my chair and just sit out the front ,we live on a quite street but it’s about me and chilling .

My puppies carry there teddies when learning to walk that’s there job .

 

My guys are showdogs so I don’t want pulling nor do I want a Velcro heel,I want attitude and carriage in the ring but there 30/40 kg and I will not be dragged around .

 

My dogs are taught I’m more Interesting than the world 

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I’m rather partial to the circle method - lunge then around in a circle like an over excited horse but dont go forwards until they lunge loosely. 
 

or lunge them towards something to m reward with. 
 

I find all the practice in circling - they get very practiced in recognising when the lead tension is tense enough to start turning back to you . And when they start turning - that is a movement into following you over pulling. 
 

gentler on both your bodies too. 
 

their are YouTube videos showing it and the like. Just search: loose lead circle method

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Awesome thanks guys!

we had a private training session with a dog trainer tonight. I got some tips on lead training but I am discouraged about not going for an actual walk for Sometime ( trainers advice). Good to have some other skills to add to our repertoire.

other things we are working on are a solid recall and “leave it”, those rocks are a risk to his wellbeing if he gobbles them. 
I am so happy with this little guys personality, he is sweet and unusually calm for an Amstaff pup.

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Tassie   
17 hours ago, NikkiandKane said:

Awesome thanks guys!

we had a private training session with a dog trainer tonight. I got some tips on lead training but I am discouraged about not going for an actual walk for Sometime ( trainers advice). Good to have some other skills to add to our repertoire.

other things we are working on are a solid recall and “leave it”, those rocks are a risk to his wellbeing if he gobbles them. 
I am so happy with this little guys personality, he is sweet and unusually calm for an Amstaff pup.

Don't be discouraged about that.  There are years of happy walks ahead of you.   This is a perfect time to be playing relationship games with him, in short sessions, which will build up the value he has for you, over other things.. like rocks! .. in the environment.  There are lots of games - which hopefully your trainer will sow you .. that you can play indoors or out, and just for a couple of odd minutes.... but many times a day.   Think of it as one trainer described it, as coffee break training .. or things to do while the kettle is boiling.  Hide and seek is a great one for building fast recalls, and most dogs really enjoy it.

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sheena   
21 hours ago, NikkiandKane said:

Awesome thanks guys!

we had a private training session with a dog trainer tonight. I got some tips on lead training but I am discouraged about not going for an actual walk for Sometime ( trainers advice). Good to have some other skills to add to our repertoire.

other things we are working on are a solid recall and “leave it”, those rocks are a risk to his wellbeing if he gobbles them. 
I am so happy with this little guys personality, he is sweet and unusually calm for an Amstaff pup.

I don't see why you couldn't still take him for short walks In a front attached harness (properly fitted) or a head halter

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