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Old 10-02-2010, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hey everyone..I just thought I'd make a plea for some advice..Ok my little girl is almost 8 months old. I have been truly blessed, she had no problems learning were to "potty"..that went like a dream..she knows commands and tricks. Grooming was a little tougher..but I was dedicated to getting her over that and now she is great..still fusses once and awhile but doing great..So I know you guys are probably thinking "ok whats the problem?" Well walking her on a leash is crazy..I know she is trying but she constantly pulls and darts this way and that. Every leaf is a potential toy and the "smells" oh boy she goes fruitloops!!!!! She gets out for short walks several times a day. I have tried everything I know..she just really has a hard time concentrating when we are out in the Great Outdoors..lol I have even tried using her favorite treats (this baby girl is highly food motivated) but she just spits them out! Well if any of you wonderful fellow Yorkie lovers have any hints, ideas, advise, or even have the same problem I'd love to hear from you..My goal is a humble one..to some day have my little girl walking happily by my side....Thank you all in advance...Lisa
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Hi lisaj, Cody is 8-1/2 months old and I took him to a puppy class at Petco when he was about 6 months old. It was more for me than him as I didn't know what to do to train him. A couple of things I learned is "leave it" and "heal". While Cody hasn't completely mastered either, those commands do get his attention. I walk Cody every morning through the neighborhood and sometimes he is still a handfull. I always carry treats for when I need to distract him. Cody picks up (and eats if I don't catch him) lots of things but I tell him to "leave it". Cody will "heal" for a short distance (and I use that when there is something I know will distract him). It's amazing how many words our babies understand -- I tell Cody to "wait" when he starts pulling me. The latest thing for him is excessive barking when we meet a jogger or another dog. I tell him "no barking" and if he refrains from going nuts, I give him a treat or lots of praise.

I guess the bottom line for us has been a little training and consistency. When we went on vacation this summer and Cody didn't get to go on walks as much, it was like starting over when we returned. But after a few days back home, he "got it".

Sounds like you are doing great on all the other fronts, this one may just be a "small hurdle". Good luck!
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There's this EZ walk harness you could try. When they pull it squeezes them in the front and faces them towards you.

Good luck and congrats on the lack of potty training issues
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Hey thanks you guys...at least I don't feel alone!..lol..I have not heard of the EZ walk harness..interesting concept though..Has anyone had any experience using it? ...
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My Maltese-mix does the same thing. He pulls on the leash so much when we're out walking! But what I do, and it has worked little by little, is whenever he begins to put tension on the leash (instead of it being loose) I stop walking, say, "Wait" in a very stern voice and wait for him to come back to my side. When he's back at my side, I take the first step in front of him (to show him who's in charge) and I continue walking. It was frustrating in the beginning because every 5 seconds I would have to do this but gradually the time went from 5 seconds to 10 to 30 and so on. Now I only have to do it about once or twice when we're on our walks. It's all about consistency and patience. I didn't use treats but I'm sure that if I did, it would've made things a lot easier! Good luck to you and your Yorkie!
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Not so sure about this EZ harness. I'm all about the no choke harness. Kasha was actually the opposite until about a month ago. She used to just plop down and look at you like "You expect me to walk? I think not!" We went thru training at PetsMart ... but it didn't help all that much until .... one day me saying "wait" or "leave it" or her favorite " go get daddy!!" and now she walks like a big girl. I think my overall advise is like CruiserCody said ... praise, praise, praise the right things. It comes with time.
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Choke up on the leash a bit so she can't get too far away from you. Then do a bunch of figure eights, being oh so careful not to step on her. This will teach her to watch your feet for direction. You can also do reverses, when she starts to pull, turn around... that'll put her behind you and start walking in that direction (especially if you're getting dizzy with the figure 8's). As she learns to not pull, you can let out on the leash a bit... gradually.

If you have a neighbor that walks a dog, try to schedule a walk together. After they accept each other, she may walk better, especially if the neighbors dog walks well. Like an example... if she sees how dogs are supposed to walk, maybe she'll imitate it.

And lots of praise when she does anything right!
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Great ideas guys...I'm gonna give the figure eights a try. She is slowly starting to get better. I'm taking her out a little more for short little walks...and I do lavish her with praise..but I have to be kinda careful with that to because she gets really excited when she is a "good girl"!!! Now if I can just get her to stop stealin' the remote we'd be in good shape!!lol Funny how a 6 pound pup can carry around a remote...still tryin' to figure that one out!! ....Thanks guys....Lisa
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