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|03-26-2012, 07:58 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Help with his barking and jumping during walks
I need to get my 16 month old dog into a training class but that's not going to be able to happen for a few weeks yet. So I'm looking for tips to help me during walks. Since the weather is so warm out now more people are out walking and dogs are outside.
My dog when he sees someone or a dog will get excited and start pulling, he'll get to the point where he'll start walking on his back legs because he's pulling so hard and then he starts barking and his tail is a wagging.
I will try to cross the road to the other side or turn around and walk in the direction I came from, but if I cross the road he'll still continue his behavior and even if I turn around to walk in the direction we came from he will turn around and try walking backwards so he can bark and try to pull towards the dog/person.
If I pick him up he will squirm and scratch until I have to put him down for fear of him hurting himself or me.
Any tips on how to curb this behavior until I can get him into training class? I don't want to stop taking him on walks as he needs the exercise and I do as well.
|03-30-2012, 01:55 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New Orleans, LA
Have you tried turning and walking him the other way until he calms down, and then going back? This process can take a few time, but if done consistently eventually he will learn that he won't get to where he wants to go until he is calm.
|03-30-2012, 04:15 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
My Gulliver was a lunger too and at 11 pounds would nearly pull my arm out of its socket sometimes, not to mention him coughing and choking even though he was wearing a harness or vest. I found a harness at Petsmart that has totally turned him around, literally LOL. It's one of the Gentle Leaders, only instead of going around the neck and nose like most of the Gentle Leaders you see, it goes around his middle just behind his front legs and low across his chest. The leash attaches to the front, on his chest, so as soon as he pulls it turns him around. It was almost an instant improvement and he is now so much easier to walk.