what you do is pull the chain as hard as you can on the top of his neck and say NO every time he pulls on the leash. Then eventually he will just stop doing it.
Thats what I was thinking, your dog is in a pack, and you and your family is the pack. Right now he thinks he is leading the pack. In my little experience it all starts with small things, you need to be the dominant dog, go through doors first, dont let him sleep on the bed, make him do things you want him to do. And eventually he will follow your lead, and stay next to you or behind you while he is on a leash and follow you around because you are the pack leader. But you have to be concistant. I know there is a wealth of knowledge on this forum so if I am wrong someone correct me.Biscanton said:first off i would surgest not allowing him to be out in front of you
he should be by your side or right behind you
the alpha dog leads the pack and that should be you
you could also try a prong collor
they look mean but cause no pain
and it distributes the pressure equally around the neck
where choke collar put it all right on the throat and could cause damage if the dog pulled too hard
He will do that on his own when you become the Alpha. I guess some dogs will always think they are the alpha, and there isnt much you can do about it. Check this link out.Patch said:We do try to keep him beside us, that's what they taught us in obedience training... but sometimes he still manages to get in front. and even if he is beside me on a tight lead... he still pulls on the lead and chokes himself!
you would thing that gagging and dry-wreaching would stop him from doing it... it's like he doesn't care! he gets so excited that he wants to get in front and who cares if he chokes!!!!
he's good in other ways though, like he stops at corners when we're about to cross a road, etc.
it's just the choking thing!
Patch said:We started walking Patch as a pup with a harness.
Since we've started obedience training, we are using a thing like a check chain.. it's not as cruel as a check chain (my opinion) because the chain part starts at the bottom of the actual leash and the nylon collar thing goes around his neck. Sorry, I have forgotten the name of it.
Basically, when we walk Patch he is constantly choking himself on it! He pulls so far in front of us and he is choking and u can hear the vibrations in his throat, but he continues walking!
Last week, he actually gagged after tugging so hard! I had to stop and rub his neck cos I thought he was going to vomit. It's actually pretty scary!
How can we stop this?
I agree 100%. I use a prong but I did not start using it until Kate was over 1 year (maybe even a year and a half) and had gone through a basic OB classFamily of 5 said:If I'm correct, I believe Patch is about 3 months old?
If so, this is way too young for a pinch or choke. Try working on the obedience aspect with a strong flat collar before moving to these tools. This pup is going to hurt himself because he doesn't know any better(OB). It isn't the leashes problem it's yours.
Yes, most of us use a pinch over a choke but never at 3 months. Your pup is still in the early molding stage and should be taught the correct way to walk. If he won't listen to you and continues to pull then you don't walk. Or try changing the scenario where you become the lead and show him the correct pace. If he won't listen then you don't go any further. Be sure to be very vocal on what you are looking for.
Eventually, your pup will walk properly and this is the time you invest in an extra aide. We don't slap on useless tools for a dog that doesn't know why they are there. We put them on to protect them not teach them.
It doesn't show him that you own him. It shows him that you'll get him to act the way you want by hurting/scaring him. IMHO, hitting a dog is not a good way to earn respect from him. Sure, you may scare him into behaving, but he won't respect you as a leader for it.pitbulllover said:also when he does something and it really pisses you off give him a little smack on the butt. that shows him that you basically own him and if he trys to defend himself put him in the crate for 20 minutes.