Hello everyone I'm Jimmy I recently baught a Border Collie from someone that couldnt give her enough time due to work/family. My issue is I dont know how I can give my dog her daily walk when she just keeps pulling I have been trying to train her not to pull and walk beside me pretty much everyday without success. She follows me in the front yard but as soon as we step onto the footpath outside the house, I am invisible to her.
I read online that I need to be consistent and don't give in with the pulling.. I have tried to but it seems like its not working at all and with all that stopping, waiting for her to be calm again every second step, its just not enough exercise for her (all the stopping it sometimes takes me almost an hour to just go down the street)and most of the time I feel that shes not getting her exercise so I end up allowing the pulling. I just don't know what to do, it has been so frustrating lately its getting the point that I've been thinking to give her to the pound (something I never thought I'll ever do) I really want to walk properly and give her plenty of exercise but with all the stopping when she pulls, it just doesn't work.
The pulling isnt over the top like charging at something, its not too hard but I guess shes not really a big collie..my hand does hurt after a while.
Another problem is most of the time when she sees another dog she either tries to charge at them or when she sees someone interesting she just sits and stares at them (Calling her doesnt work. I gotta pull her and even though I'm doing it gently it looks really bad since it looks like im dragging her)
But my main problem is the 'Daily walk' I'm having trouble fulfilling due to the pulling, and border collies need LOTS of exercise
It's killing me please help!!
she is 11 months right now, I got her from the previous owner when she was 9 months with no training or discipline from the owners
Also is there any good trainers that you guys have had personal experience with and could recommend, I am from Melbourne(Werribee) I havnt signed up to any yet as I'm afraid of getting one that isnt that good ( I read a couple reviews here and there) I cant really afford to spend my money on one that doesn't work