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    I like to use the word yes every time my dogs are doing something right. You will find lots of websites on clicker training and such that will show you how, I just replace the clicker with the word yes so I don't have to fiddle with clickers and I can mark the sort after behaviour at any time.

    I take treats and if the dog is on a loose leash I say yes and reward. If the dog pulls out in front I left about turn and we retrace our steps, if the dog pulls again I left about turn again. Dog soon gets bored retracing steps that it's already smelt and travelled over.

    So I would be taking them for two separate walks, Kelpies are dogs that are bred to work out in front of you and away from their handler but are very capable of excellent heeling, I know I bred them for years.

    Be consistent, expect to get no further than about two or three house lengths for about a week, walking twice a day.

    Join an obedience club they will give you lots of help and tips as not all training methods suit all dogs and handlers

    The left about turn is turning on the spot and almost pushing the dog out of your way.

    Good luck.

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    Oh and I forgot to say you might still like to get the harness that Hyacinth recommended and do the left about turn thing.

    I progress to holding a treat in my left hand with my thumb hooked into my front pants pocket this sometimes helps keep the dog by your side, the second its back to your side and looking up at you treat. Slowly wean off the treats and expect to get a sore back bending over a lot.

    Try some focus work, lots of websites out there outline it much more eloquently than I could this also helps with heeling.

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    I was at Pet Stock today and managed to get to talk to a dog whisperer that over heard me asking the Pet Stock staff about this walking problem.

    He, Mum and I had a good chat about how Max just won't walk on the lead without pulling. He gave us a couple of options and the one we selected, was perfect for us.



    This was to purchase a 30 cm lead, which is about a hand to elbow or a bit longer. There was also a 45 cm lead which you use if you are taller, 30 cm is for the shorter people

    We purchased one and tried it out on Max tonight when we went for a walk to test it out and it is brilliant! He only pulled at the beginning of the walk but calmed down at around 5 minutes into the walk, amazing I know

    He overcome the pulling as we stopped, told him to sit and we gave him a soft smack before hand so that he knows that the pulling is wrong.

    I suggest you buy one of these leads. Prices are; $13.90 for the 30 cm, $17.90 for the 45 cm. Leads come in various colours, pick up from pet stores, Pet Stock etc.. And they are made out of cotton therefore they are so comfy to hold in your hand as you walk, even if they do pull...

    I tell you what, I am so glad that this dog whisperer over heard us as Max would continue to be in strife until he learnt his lesson!


    I hope you still visit the forum and check up on this thread as I belive this would help you over come the pulling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    we had great success using this idea from the dog star daily
    Walking in Balance with TTouch | Dog Star Daily
    This is fascinating, thanks for sharing!

    I think I'll try it on my friend's pup who I'll be looking after in September. They use a halti on her at the moment and I believe she is better but still not great. I'd love to have her walking nicely by the time she goes home! I can't stand pulling!!

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    Or a gentle leader harness? (as opposed to halter) The lead attaches at the front of the chest so in theory if the dog pulls it will be brought up short. Haven't tried it myself but have one in the mail so I'll keep you posted!
    Oops, no pun intended

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    Quote Originally Posted by meegsndogs View Post
    Or a gentle leader harness? (as opposed to halter) The lead attaches at the front of the chest so in theory if the dog pulls it will be brought up short. Haven't tried it myself but have one in the mail so I'll keep you posted!
    Oops, no pun intended
    Let us know how you get on, we have been thinking about getting one for Teddy.

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    I've got a front attach harness for Frosty ("sensible" from softouchconcepts.com), it doesn't pull her up short, it uses her own effort to pivot her around that front attach point. The Easy Walk harness works the same way.

    So dog pulls, dog ends up being rotated to face you, not what dog wanted so dog stops pulling.

    I have a horse lead with a knot in it about 75cm from the clip which I use for "short lead", probably does the same thing as the guy in Pet Stock was talking about. My main objective is to stop Frosty lunging in front of cars and it gives me better grip especially if I haven't put the harness on. Don't need it all the time now, cos she's pretty much learned not to pull like a sled dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I've got a front attach harness for Frosty ("sensible" from softouchconcepts.com), it doesn't pull her up short, it uses her own effort to pivot her around that front attach point. The Easy Walk harness works the same way.

    So dog pulls, dog ends up being rotated to face you, not what dog wanted so dog stops pulling.

    I have a horse lead with a knot in it about 75cm from the clip which I use for "short lead", probably does the same thing as the guy in Pet Stock was talking about. My main objective is to stop Frosty lunging in front of cars and it gives me better grip especially if I haven't put the harness on. Don't need it all the time now, cos she's pretty much learned not to pull like a sled dog.
    Seems like it worked like a charm?

    Will suggest this to Mum on Sunday night.


    Oh by the way, do you happen to know the costs of the front attach harness?

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    Hi Belle

    Mine was about $30 from Home*- Adelaide Pet Dog Training (Adelaide based) she might be able to point you at an interstate dealer or send you one.

    Maybe mention "Frosty" sent you.

    I think the Easy walk harness can be got from the same shops as the Gentle Leader nose halter thing - it's made by Premier Pets in the USA. Again somewhere around the $30 mark depending on what the shop does with the price.

    And there is black dogs sell variations on the theme, they're based near Melbourne.
    Their version is called the "balance harness" with a front attach point.
    Black Dog Wear - Harnesses

    They also sell car harnesses and tracking harnesses which will allow your dog to pull sleds if you hook one up to the loop on the back ie not what you want to stop a dog pulling, so make sure you get the "balance" harness not one of the other sorts.

    I notice that Adelaide pet dog training also on sell the black dog stuff. All good if you live near the parklands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Belle

    Mine was about $30 from Home*- Adelaide Pet Dog Training (Adelaide based) she might be able to point you at an interstate dealer or send you one.

    Maybe mention "Frosty" sent you.

    I think the Easy walk harness can be got from the same shops as the Gentle Leader nose halter thing - it's made by Premier Pets in the USA. Again somewhere around the $30 mark depending on what the shop does with the price.

    And there is black dogs sell variations on the theme, they're based near Melbourne.
    Their version is called the "balance harness" with a front attach point.
    Black Dog Wear - Harnesses

    They also sell car harnesses and tracking harnesses which will allow your dog to pull sleds if you hook one up to the loop on the back ie not what you want to stop a dog pulling, so make sure you get the "balance" harness not one of the other sorts.

    I notice that Adelaide pet dog training also on sell the black dog stuff. All good if you live near the parklands.
    Thanks!

    Will be showing Mum tomorrow night, fingers crossed she will get one.

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