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Old 12-16-2012, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How did you get your Dog to stop pulling?

Just want to see different methods that were used to get your dog to walk calmy without pulling.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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iuse gental leaders for both. You will hear different on here, just wanted to put my 2 cents in.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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training with a prong was the only thing that worked for us. the gentle leader just yanked him to the ground when he pulled on it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I trained my Dobe almost daily on a British slip lead using the change direction method for 3 months. It was tedious and annoying and I was very dizzy in the beginning but now he is able to heel off lead next to me in the middle of downtown with traffic, cats, dogs, squirrels, all types of people around him and not break.

With that being said, I do use a secret power collar on him when out in public, especially events, for extra control because he's a goofy red boy that gets excited ;p
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A flat buckle collar, a clicker, and treats. Or, occasionally, a flat buckle collar and a very small (fits into my hand) squeaky toy.
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With that being said, I do use a secret power collar on him when out in public, especially events, for extra control because he's a goofy red boy that gets excited ;p
What is a secret power collar? I use a slip toggle collar when walking, but at just at two years old, my guy gets WAY too excited when something fun gets his attention when out walking. Most of the time I can correct him early enough to limit the pulling, but I would like to know more about this secret collar.
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What is a secret power collar? I use a slip toggle collar when walking, but at just at two years old, my guy gets WAY too excited when something fun gets his attention when out walking. Most of the time I can correct him early enough to limit the pulling, but I would like to know more about this secret collar.
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It's a modified prong collar that looks like a pretty collar I found out about it from this forum. It's nice because you can't even tell its a prong collar so it keeps stupid people from pestering you.
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Prong collars for initial training, and then a martingale (greyhound style) collar once they've learned to walk calmly. I use food rewards for walking on a loose leash, and say 'yes' to mark behavior. Clickers are another great way to do that. Both of mine pull out of flat buckle collars. For their own safety, I like the martingales, and they come in lots of patterns for the collar-holics among us.

Let me be the person to caution people about gentle leaders. Gentle leaders, halti's, and other head collars are not a good idea for Dobermans. This breed is prone to neck problems that are often undetected in younger dogs. Gentle leaders put too much torque on a dog's neck, and can cause injuries. If you yank on a head collar, you pull the dog's head sharply up and to the side, putting a ton of stress on the neck. There's better tools out there for breeds with longer necks, and breeds like Dobes that are prone to Wobblers and other spinal problems.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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what worked for me

My doberman was HORRIBLE on a leash. Absolutely horrible. I tried training methods, she's been through a training school, etc. She is well behaved except for on a leash, and with me being so small, it's took everything in me just to walk her. After trying numerous things I bought a harness of all things. It's like having a different dog when on the leash. She walks amazingly now. All dogs are different, but it worked wonders with her. Hope that helps.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What's currently working for Skoll is an EZ-walk harness, pivot and spin when he pulls, and lots of treat lures. I have a head halti but have been cautioned not to use it, used it for my sister's GSD/GSP Titan with fantastic results. Mocha, chow mix, and Baby, pit bull, were both trained with flat buckle collars. Though Baby is currently walked on a normal harness for control; she is dog reactive and some days she must just be pulled out of the situation. Buster, chi x, was trained and is walked in a harness. All of them were with the spin&pivot technique.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Prong collar! Make sure you have a backup collar and lead attached because
prong collars can come apart. Good Luck.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I personally don't prefer prong collar and while Hades never pulls me on a walk except he tries in the very beginning when hes excited. he has dragged me to a fence-line once when there was a dog barking on the other side.... We're working on correcting this behavior :/. It happened once and I immediately started researching options and purchased a sporn harness. Best invention ever. I have complete control over him and can prevent him from dragging me even using one arm and very little strength. I'm 5'8 135lbs. walking an 80lb. Doberman with complete control.

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I've heard that gentle leads work, but I would take into account your dog's personality as well.

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I highly recommend getting a prong and a session with a trainer who can teach you how to properly use it. I did, and am more than pleased with results.
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for one of my dogs I use a prong, the other one a Lupi harness
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