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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    May I ask why it is so important they don't pull? Is just a convenience thing? I actually loved Terry pulling, showed he was enthusiastic for a walk and a play.
    To be honest, I rather Mollie be beside me, because I walk her down the street (On the grass) - Cars come up the street obviously and I feel more in 'control' when she is at my side, facing away from the road.
    I dont really know how to explain it.
    If you had an absolutely HUGE dog, would you want the dog full-on dragging you along the ground because its pulling?
    Just because Mollie is a small dog, doesnt mean she should be treated differently to a large dog, in my opinion. Thats how little dogs get their reputation as 'dis-obedient and bratty' because they are treated differently to larger dogs due to their 'cuteness' and 'smallness'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I am gonna get flamed....so what if they pull ahead? If mum's terrier didn't she would never get up the inclines. (am glad he was not a GSD) I am also in a mood, lol. Beware tonight people.
    For us, I don't let them pull (and they pull because of enthusiasm) because I often walk the 2 of them together, and even though they're small they can still pull you along and if they get out in front they criss-cross and I'll bloody trip over them!!!!

    I do let them out in front going up or down stairs though. And at the end of our walks we go to the park round the corner and they have "free time" (on the lead still) were they can run, roll around on the grass and do whatever.

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    No, I just meant it wasn't a big deal for me. I personally believe people place too much emphasis on it. But that's just my opinion.

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    I would like Dora to walk without pulling, with the leash loose. She doesnt pull because of dominance shes just VERY enthusiastic to go home. But she's managed to pull the leash out of my hand a couple of times, which is why I dont want her to pull. I just feel more comfortable with her by my side, not pulling. Oh, and Demi, I absolutely agree with you on your opinion about small dogs. Kudos.
    Question is: how do you teach dogs 'heel'?

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    My dogs generally dont pull away too much, thank god!
    However when walking both Polly and Nero on my own both wear choker chains, much against most peoples beliefs. Very rarely do they pull ahead but just in case i need them on chains, way too strong.
    This also reiterates my earlier statement of having the dogs comfortable on both sides of you, helps when walking tandom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    My dogs generally dont pull away too much, thank god!
    However when walking both Polly and Nero on my own both wear choker chains, much against most peoples beliefs. Very rarely do they pull ahead but just in case i need them on chains, way too strong.
    This also reiterates my earlier statement of having the dogs comfortable on both sides of you, helps when walking tandom.
    I approve of choker chains, or check chains, if used correctly. IMO, ofc. Check chains are wonderful in getting the point across - a nice, quick pinch. Peter, just in case is wonderful - you never know what your dogs will do... Im not saying theyre crazy animals ofc, but just in case.

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    prevention is always better than cure.

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    In obedience dogs must walk on the left, the original reason is that when working a dog in the field it leaves your right hand for your gun.... if you plan to train at a club in the future you may want to start now.... other than that it really doesnt matter as long as your dog isnt ahead of you pulling madly...lol.... also if you wanted to compete the dog must be on the left.. there is no provision in the rules for a dog to be on the other side... even if the handler is in a wheel chair etc..
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    I dont allow dogs Í'm walking to pull as I'm often walking up to 5 at time... depending on how many rescues are here... I think walking the dog should be enjoyable.. nothing worse than walking naughty dogs who stop at every tree or blade of grass or sniff the air... the idea of the walk is to get some exercise... keep moving at a fast pace and don't slow down even if the dog does... they learn very quickly the rules.... and look forward to their walks... I also use a treadmill to exercise the ones who need that bit extra...
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    What a few of the guys said - if you're planning to go to obedience classes, practice getting dog to heel on the left. I found the easiest way is to hold a treat in the right hand as a kind of lure. I have left hand on lead close to dog's head and right hand has the other end of the lead and the treat. Dog only gets a treat when she is sitting nicely next to my left knee. And if that means we back up and walk forward to get a better position - so be it. Though in first lessons - be less strict and gradually make her work harder for the treat.

    If you're planning to do agility - it helps if your dog will heel on either side of you.

    Best way to stop Frosty pulling is the sensible harness. I've been talking her for walks in the flat collar lately and she knows if she starts pulling - she gets the harness - at least - she rarely pulls in the flat collar any more and certainly not after I've worked her back to "heel" position (next to my leg). I don't mind her being ahead of me or behind as long as the tension is off the lead. Where there is a bit of space she actually orbits me - going from behind, around to the front and back again in little circles. I think she does this off lead too but the circles tend to be bigger, unless she's working for treats in which case - I get a perfect competition standard heel...

    I'd work on getting a nice heel on the left, then work on loose lead - where ever and no pulling - depends on what you want. I'd be consistent - at least at the start about where she needs to be to get her reward. Choose one side or the other and stick to it for now. If you're going to use hand signals for sit, stay, drop, stand etc - it helps if you learn one side first and then figure out how to reverse it all for the other side. Though I can be a bit naughty and use what ever hand is convenient for "stay". Half the time - she's in front of me, facing me when i tell her "stay" before "returning to my dog" ie I move so she's in the heel position.

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