I wrote in another post about my puppy being aggressive and not being able to walk her despite trying numerous harnesses. This included the halti among them which she sliced through all three we replaced in three days! Well, it seems things have changed for the better. I thought after reading some advice I would give the fourth Halti another go. I was very apprehensive at first so I put the check chain on her incase she bit through it and i had nothing to lead her with.
I am pleased to report that it worked like an absolute dream!!! ( :. I dont know what was different other than maybe DH didnt tighten it enough last time or she grew into a bit better. All i can say, with much glee is no more check chain!!! Sorry to those who swear by it, but i found it to be a useless and cruel contraption. She use to hark up at absolutely everything and it didnt matter what i did to control her, she would jump up and go crazy. I couldnt walk her alone she was too strong. As previously mentioned, she would rather cut off her circulation than pay any form of attention to me. With the Halti, I found that as weak as i am, she can hark only up just a little. I barely have to move and she pulls into line. Actually, she sort of Heels better. The best thing is, no dragging, no pulling and OMG, NO SNIFFIIIIIIIIING!!!
She still has a lot of work needing done to make further improvements but i'm amazed that in one session she was so good. She still hates those two collies up the road. But even with being kept into line a little more, she is not nearly as bad with them.
As far as the sniffing goes and the need to roll on the ground, can i ask for some advice. My old dog trainer said that sniffing for dogs is like reading the newspaper and it is just something they have to do so let them go. I get this. Its a dog thing. But seriously, Tia (her name BTW) would sniff everything she could. I really mean- everything! We would walk about 30 centremetres and she would need to sniff. It was so bad we would have to drag her to get anywhere. So, now i have the halti I control it. Very well too. I have not been letting her sniff a thing. Is this wrong? Should I still let her sniff a bit? And if so, what is too little or too much? I let her sniff if i think she needs to go to the loo but she always just urinates every few metres. Its not going to the loo as such. I think it is a territorial thing.
Also, what about the rolling? She loves it? DH said that I should let her roll if she wants to roll and i'm being mean by not letting her. But she always wants to roll on her terms. I want her to respect me, so i want to let her roll when it suits me. Am i being cruel not letting her roll when she wants? Have i gone a bit control hungry? When should I allow her to roll in a fav patch of grass if at all?
Also, can i have some advice on call backs. I actually let her off the lead on the way to the beach the other day. She didnt go far I admit and she wasnt out of control or anything. She was quite good actually. There were no dogs around which made it easy. But no matter how many times i called her back, she wouldnt come. At home she comes to her name. Its just when its important she wont come. I have read that you should always call your dog in every now and again when off lead and before re-leading them and giving them a treat so they dont make a bad association to being called. I tried the treat thing, didnt work. How do i get her come when called more effectively? How do i get her to listen to me?
Just one more thing. Sorry for the epic post. Another person on the forum asked to see a pic of Tia. How do i attch it to this post?