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    Talking Walked Chappie & Suzy successfully together!

    Might seem silly, but walking both dogs over a km to the PO is a small accomplishment for me.

    Suzy is slowly remembering how to walk on a lead, stubbornness is a curse!

    While walking, we met a few tourists who made a big fuss of them, such a good positive experience while on the lead!

    Chappie is used to adulation, but Suzy reckons she could get used to it too.


    Any tips, apart from stopping every time she pulls, or the treat encouragement which she ignores after a while?

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    Is that tips for loose lead walking?

    Remember that any time she gets to pull - she learns to pull more - so there's big incentive for stopping.

    And yes luring with food may long work in the long run. Especially if she joins these dots - pull + act nice = get treat.

    You might want to practice with her. Did I already mention how to train the re-inforcement zone (RZ)? And then only treats for "average or better" eg loose lead + loose lead = get treat/praise, pull hard + loose lead = get nothing (or affectionately mocked - "nothing for that"). And you want to practice in as many different places as possible and when she gets it in the easiest place (eg at home inside with no other dog helping), then try a harder place eg outside in back yard (no other dog helping), front yard, then footpath out the front of the house...

    Eg count five treats maybe or a have a wooden spoon with peanut butter and go play for a couple of minutes (not five, ten or twenty) - just two minutes until the treats are gone or the spoon is clean.

    When she's totally got it in at least four different places (eg inside the house, back yard, front yard, footpath), then try with a dog distraction or a people distraction or a tossed toy distraction or treats in a cup over there distraction...

    build duration (time loose lead and not pulling)
    or
    build distraction (including change of place/habitat)
    but not both at once.

    And remember every time you let her pull - you set your training back.

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    im so tired right now, i reckon you should leave it at home lol

    harness the bugger and be pulled on yer bike.

    Treat the wrong dog. often, for nothing. and dog 'in training' only when in position and not pulling. Repeat.

    All what hyacynth said.

    OR lazy way: get some equipment! harness, halty, martingale collar, a 2nd human walker, with both dogs in correct position to you, and YOU focus on treating when in position, a correction well timed, a sledge?

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    Thanks Hyacinth & Bernie.

    Sledge would be great for Suzy... maybe she's a frustrated sledge puller. Chuckle chuckle.

    Chappie is much larger, but oh so much easier on a lead. All that play & training has paid off. Whew!

    Wondering about buying a treat pouch, what does everyone think of them?

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    Treat the wrong dog. often, for nothing. and dog 'in training' only when in position and not pulling. Repeat.
    ooh I like this one. Dogs do learn from each other. I've seen dogs learn the Its yer choice game by watching other dogs and pretty sure my dog learned to weave watching Susan Garrett's 2x2 dvd

    That's why we always say don't get a second dog until you've successfully trained the first one - especially recall despite distractions.

    But you can use that for good, if you don't want the dogs using it for evil (eg one dog will teach the other one how to bin raid - evil...).

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    When you own a Pohm, you have to be 'as' devious as she is. She has strategy, planning skills

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