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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    I've been reading thro dis thread with laughter

    So what if a dog walks in front of it's owner, but isnt tugging etc but being obedient, that mean's to some that da dog is dominating lmfao

    My dogs have always walked in front of me with out tugg'n & i have no probs with that all, as i see it my dog is in front for 2 bloody reason's only, to protect me & cause they like to walk in front & be nosey sniffers etc
    Terry had a big issue with pulling on his lead. We worked very hard to train him to heel. Believe me, it can and does affect other aspects of your relationship with your dog. I'm talking from personal experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Terry had a big issue with pulling on his lead. We worked very hard to train him to heel. Believe me, it can and does affect other aspects of your relationship with your dog. I'm talking from personal experience.

    ohh i forgot that your dog trainer & behaviorist who's had years of dog experience & who's owned dogs for many years

    As if would take notice to the words of a troll "know it all "teenager

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Terry had a big issue with pulling on his lead. We worked very hard to train him to heel. Believe me, it can and does affect other aspects of your relationship with your dog. I'm talking from personal experience.
    I don't doubt that. If I let Dora walk in front, she'll think Im a pushover, since I never let her in front when she tugs. SO far shes pretty good at following commands, the only time she 'doesnt hear me' is when shes playing/fighting with the cat. THats when I have to physically remove her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    I don't doubt that. If I let Dora walk in front, she'll think Im a pushover, since I never let her in front when she tugs. SO far shes pretty good at following commands, the only time she 'doesnt hear me' is when shes playing/fighting with the cat. THats when I have to physically remove her
    Whenever I let Terry happily pull ahead, all of a sudden when we got home he got to decide what to do, he would whine, jump etc. Teaching him to heel really made our relationship better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    I don't doubt that. If I let Dora walk in front, she'll think Im a pushover, since I never let her in front when she tugs. SO far shes pretty good at following commands, the only time she 'doesnt hear me' is when shes playing/fighting with the cat. THats when I have to physically remove her
    Not necessarily. When she is so young, taking it slow and letting her explore (particularly with how afraid of walking she is) would more than likely be beneficial until she's a little bigger. You need to build up her confidence, encourage her to do the right thing, Batty was afraid to go for walks at first but he now proudly and confidently "struts his stuff". I'll explain more when I do the long post later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    ohh i forgot that your dog trainer & behaviorist who's had years of dog experience & who's owned dogs for many years

    As if would take notice to the words of a troll "know it all "teenager
    Floyd, I would sincerely appreciate it if you would stop calling me a troll and mocking me whenever I post my opinion on the public forums. It is hurtful and unnecessary. Please keep the insults to PM if you feel the need to insult me, as I really enjoy this forum and expressing my opinion.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Not necessarily. When she is so young, taking it slow and letting her explore (particularly with how afraid of walking she is) would more than likely be beneficial until she's a little bigger. You need to build up her confidence, encourage her to do the right thing, Batty was afraid to go for walks at first but he now proudly and confidently "struts his stuff". I'll explain more when I do the long post later.
    I am really looking forward to this post! I really need lots of tips and advice for when we get our new pup. Great thread Btw!

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    I let my dogs walk out in front of me, it's very hard for us to all walk next to each other without being taken out by a car because I live semi-rural and there are no side walks, we're on the road.

    If I say heel they come back to heel, if I say gait, we break into a gait. We stop at curbs, the dogs sit, I look for traffic, say Ok and we cross.

    I don't allow them to pull me along in a walk, there has to be a loop in the lead out to them (each dog on 6ft lead).

    When I am training I use a training command "work", I also have a release command "free". I generally train the dogs separately. Our evening walk is for fun.

    I generally say to new puppy owners to tone down the love meter and no freebies but that is because they are normally over the top. But I have come across really strict owners, one Dobe owner comes to mind, dog used to mouth owners hand while doing drops. When she told me how strict she was with her dog I told her to have more fun. No more mouthing.

    Masha, just my thoughts with little Dora, but have more fun, concentrate on her confidence and forget training at this stage. This is just my thoughts, interpreted from your posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Masha, just my thoughts with little Dora, but have more fun, concentrate on her confidence and forget training at this stage. This is just my thoughts, interpreted from your posts.
    I'll second this! She needs confidence before she can excel at training, I'll give you some games and things to play that build their confidence, and above all enjoy her and have lots of fun! Everything (even training) should be a game at this age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I'll second this! She needs confidence before she can excel at training, I'll give you some games and things to play that build their confidence, and above all enjoy her and have lots of fun! Everything (even training) should be a game at this age.
    Yes, I try and make walking fun, sometimes by breaking out in a little run and signalling for her to follow me, and sometimes throwing a treat ahead for a little 'go seek'.
    I might throw in more games once she's OK with the driveway. Hey, I can play some games there! Can't wait for your long post Angela

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