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    Hello,

    When I'm walking my dogs (Boxer cross and Kelpie cross) the Kelpie has an annoying habit of pulling on the lead. he's well behaved, but I would like to walk him on a slack lead, rather than having him straining. Can anyone help?

    Cheers,

    Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant Andrews View Post
    Hello,

    When I'm walking my dogs (Boxer cross and Kelpie cross) the Kelpie has an annoying habit of pulling on the lead. he's well behaved, but I would like to walk him on a slack lead, rather than having him straining. Can anyone help?

    Cheers,

    Grant
    hey grant,

    you may have to do some indivdual lead training with the kelpie.
    Try pm aussiemyf she has keplies
    But yep you do need to do some training with him without the other dog around

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    I couldn't agree more.

    My dog Max is 7 now and he still does it, we just can't seem to break the habit!

    Anyway, yeah just do some one on one training with the Kelpie. Take treats with you, that will straighten them out once they realise they will be rewarded for walking properly.

    Just keep an eye out here or drop into the vets for some questioning, or any books / magazines.

    Anyways, keep us posted.

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    Thanks Belle, I'll give that a try.

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    Since I have a rottie puppy who is going to be a very big girl I have been very strict on pulling on the lead. If she pulls I stop walking EVER time. I then pull her back next to me and we start walking again. It can make a short walk a long walk. Of course I let her sniff around trees but if she pulls I stop. I started doing this from 3 months and today (6 months later) on our walk she walked the whole way with a very loose lead. Very exciting!!

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    I had this problem with my ACD/Kelpie/Beagle mix. A light smack on the bum fixed us right up. Our walks are now much more relaxed and enjoyable, with lots of verbal praise.

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    we had great success using this idea from the dog star daily
    Walking in Balance with TTouch | Dog Star Daily

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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
    Hey, thanks for the link, I will be sure to give it a try with Max!

    Thanks!!

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    I like this video for training loose lead walking.

    YouTube - kikopup's Channel

    you might have to train the kelpie separately.

    If the technique doesn't work for whatever reason - I find the sensible dog harness helped. Any front attach harness should prevent a dog from pulling by using its own strength against it - rotating it back to face you which isn't what it wants.

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    The tip I picked up from a dog trainer is to turn around every time the dog gets in front of you - that way he/she gets used to walking either behind you or by your side. My kelpie cross has this down to a fine art in the backyard but will start to pull again as soon as he gets out the gate! But if you have more patience than me and don't mind looking crazy in front of the neighbours, you should get some good results
    We did try a halti collar which worked a treat, but it got to the stage where Pedro would run and hide when I got the lead out, so I ditched it!

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