Yes those eyes get me
Honestly the boys so cute, the head on one side, one ear raised slightly higher than the other, tip of tongue just peaking out and THAT LOOK
Will do as you say, that way we're BOTH satisfied. Poor Rakins, he must think I'm the biggest dope on the planet and he's so smart and willing to learn too
I must have confused the chap no end.
One question. When he doesn't do the right trick and I change to one he does like - do I 'wait a moment' BEFORE asking for a new trick - or just change tack immediately?
Oh dear, having lived in so many countries I get confused as to which country uses what expression.
//grabbing the lead// means to me BITING at the lead like he would a tug toy. HE thinks it's fun but 'fraid I disagree on that score
. So help is needed on that one BIG TIME!! It was suggested I use Vicks vapour rub on the lead but I am VERY reluctant, in fact RIGHT AGAINST using that, or anything else, which will cause him pain and Vicks sure tastes vile and stings, tried it just to see what it did to me - NO WAY would I use it on *my* boy.
However, he does also pulls forward. This is very interesting too - I first started him with loose lead training, as I was taught way back with Zeus and Tiger Lily and he was fine. Then the wretched dog school
had a real fit and we were 'made' to make a young pup walk on a 'tight' lead in fact expected to 'drag' the dog into 'full heel' (what the woman did with one very nervous white designer fluffy made me feel literally sick)
- and THAT's when the trouble started only took three weeks to wreck a good dog, actually to be strictly correct, 2 and a half, I walked out in the middle of class never to return.
After watching the videos (both downloaded to be watched again and again until I GET IT to retrain) I understand FULLY why dogs will pull more etc. My own instincts tell me that a tight lead causes tension in the dog - I relate to what I would like and having someone hold me tightly on a lead would make me pull away. Plus WE TENSE UP WHEN NERVOUS, UPSET ETC so a 'tight' lead will give the dog that feeling - silly me common sense when you have it explained and THINK about what you're being advised. Also, when lunging a horse, if the horse pulls out no way can a human hold them, so we let the leading rein go COMPLETELY LOOSE - horse stops pulling out immediately - no resistance. My personal feeling on this is that DOGS are some what the same, least restraint and they stop - add MORE restraint i.e. tight lead and they'll pull against it. Videos were VERY INFORMATIVE thank you so much
Working INSIDE THE HOUSE - house here is VERY small but will take a look around and see what I can move/rearrange as this will be the VERY BEST option. If that's impossible, will see what I can do, then the garden/driveway (he cannot see the road from our drive way) will be next option. Long drive way so plenty of space there to put all the video says into practice without tripping over furniture/cats or banging into walls
I too have the same problem as you have Tiger Lily. Partner OCCASIONALLY bestirs himself to walk the dogs, especially Ra Kismet, and I always KNOW without being told when that happens as Ra is FAR WORSE. Partner doesn't know the difference between LOOSE LEAD and 'HEY DAD I CAN GO WHEREVER I WANT WHEN I WANT AND YOU WILL NOT DO A THING TO STOP ME =YEAH'! Then back with Mom - 'HEY DAD LET ME DO WHAT I WANTED - YOU'RE SOOOOOOOOOOOO MEAN
Feel better that you've also had //tons of trouble with that one// and you've made it through
New training session:
Work inside, as per video, on loose lead training (or outside in driveway if that proves totally impossible).
Then, when we've corrected the naughty things, move out to the street and surprise neighbors by walking along like a 'true gentleman'
Which he is at heart
Ra doesn't pull to the extent my arms are outstretched and I'm being 'dragged along' but he does pull. So - as per above woooweee with the clicker - new dog coming up
When do you think I should do the 'heel work with him? I don't want to rush him and would rather he walked along outside like a gentleman first
Thank you, I feel such a fool when I make mistakes with the clicker and I KNOW Ra wonders what I'm about - but hey that clicker is AMAZING. ONE session and another 'side benefit' so far today he's COME IN WHEN CALLED without star gazing around YEAH! LOL will see how tomorrow goes he may 'test me' and back slide a little
Now advice PLEASE on the lead biting - as now Zeus has decided to do the same thing and he NEVER did it before he hurts too as he misses the lead and gets me - a few yowls of pain have been heard at times
Thank you so much for all the time and effort you give so readily to help *my boy* become the very best doggy around town. Believe me I shall be recommended this forum to others as there are a quite a few dogs around this area who are worse than Ra on the lead. In fact, he's been praised for being good - LOL I smile sweetly and keep stum - as he's not always good