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  1. #31
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    I like walkin on the left side were the grass is so she can pee and poo on that side but I better change

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    I walk my dogs on the left side mostly but sometimes switch to the right depending where we are walking and whats around. When we bike they both go on the left side of the bike (differen tbikes lol)

    In regards to pulling, I let my small dog pulls. She weighs 6 kilos and even if she is straining her hardest I barely notice it.

    However, Barney weighs 40kgs and has once dragged me across a round in his excitement at seeing the beach. The only reason I didnt face plant was because as we got to the other side I braced my self with the gutter LOL. I dont like him pulling because he is too big and it stops the walk from being enjoyable. If he wants to go somewhere, he can just pull me along beside and I dont really get a choice so he is not allowed to pull (not that he always listens) - unless we are going up hill and then he is encouraged with a *kssssksss* sound. He generally pulls out of excitement though so the pullign doesnt bother me, its just a size and strength thing

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    Walking is a pack activity in dogs. The pack leader controls the walk, that means the pack leader leads. Dogs who are allowed to pull and drag their owners where they want to go are being given inconsistent messages about who is the leader of their pack. Exploration out to your sides, or behind is acceptable behavior for a pack member.

    In terms of teaching heel- first teach the position ( beside your leg ) and use rewards. When 'heel' is recognized by the dog as being by your side, progress to one step forward using treat as lure. Build up number of steps as your dog progresses. Dogs cannot sustain the formal heel for too far a distance, always good to teach a social walk, or loose leash walk as well.

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