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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I've been doing some work with my dachshund pup Dexter. He's had his last needle now so I can start taking him on outings. The main things I'm trying to focus on to start with are recall and walking at my side. So far he's doing pretty well, he's been out probably 5 times so far to various places. I always try and pick somewhere quiet with few or no people so there's not much in the way of distractions.

    It's not too much of an issue but as I'm walking and he's at my side where I want him to be, I try and feed him treats as we're walking, but because he's so little I have to nearly stop walking to get low enough to reach his mouth to give the treat, and he's taken to launching at my hand to grab it and I quite often end up with a pointy tooth dragging down my finger. Any ideas on how I can stop this?

    Also with recall, he's pretty good so far. I got him running about 30 meters between my partner and I several times. But is there anyway to get their attention when they find an interesting patch to sniff? I understand your treat has to be awesome for giving up whatever was so interesting for them, but if they don't know that you have a really awesome treat, how do you convince them to stop what they're doing and come to you? For instance, I had him at the dam and chose a spot with a large patch of grass and the nearest people were a while away. I was using pepperoni and bacon as treats which he likes, and he was doing really well until he found some kangaroo droppings, I had to go and get him because nothing I did could get his attention away from it, I even had to chase him briefly to get it out of his mouth because he was eating it. He's obsessed with eating droppings! I don't know what the appeal is, but he loves it! I keep ducks and they're rather messy with their droppings and he just runs around munching on it, it's disgusting. Anyone got any ideas for treats that going to be more appealing than poop?

    Teach "touch"..Just like using the word "yes" or click, get the dog used to touch.....So if the dog is in the correct position it gets to touch. Touch to the dog means a reward is coming. With a little dog, you can use a wand or the special ones you can buy for dog training.

    To my Katy the hand is just as rewarding as a treat now, she gets a real positive out of touch, initially a reward always came after touch, now touch itself is rewarding to her. very handy in the Obedience trial ring, because it is still allowed..maybe not for long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I know you didn't ask me, but unless it is a front attaching harness you teach dogs to pull with harnesses..My dogs do not pull, as soon as they are in a harness they pull. Which is allow

    ed, because they are allowed out front in tracking and drafting. Front attaching harnesses hve to opposite effect.they attach on the chest and are especially designed to stop pulling..
    Kumalong is one brand..I will look through my equipment for some more names
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Pawfectionist + just wondering what are your thoughts on dog harnesses. While my dogs are good on individual walks, together they pull. I have cavaliers and have found they do not do well with collar and lead as any, even a small amount of pressure causes them distress..breathing etc?.
    I don't normally advise the use of harnesses, but if I had to choose one I'd say the SENSE-ible dog harness.
    Google Image Result for http://www.softouchconcepts.com/images/stories/softtouch/harness_overview_sense-ible.jpg

    I don't know if that picture link actually worked but we'll see one I hit post.

    I have found this works the best, as it works using pressure points in the shoulders and moves/stops the dog quite easily. In saying this, as with ALL harnesses, they are only effective if fitted correctly. With this one, if the strap is too high on the shoulders it loses it's power of control. If the strap is too low, if you pull too hard, it can actually pull the dogs leg from under them.

    I have found it to work the best, but if you get one, you should really get someone to check it to make sure it's fitted correctly. Don't trust the picture on the box (I've actually seen product pictures for other products, mainly head collars, on the boxes fitted incorrectly).

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    Ty pawfectionist and newfsie, will have a look.
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    I used the sensation with Frosty when I was teaching her loose lead walking. It gave me power and control if she saw something really exciting "over there" like a cat. These days - she's got a lot more self control. Most of the time. She still has difficulty ignoring a treat handout between friends and their dogs.

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