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leash pulling
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:49:08 AM »
Resources for teaching a dog or puppy not to pull on a leash.  It works best if you start on the first day you get your puppy with these techniques:

Here are some anti-pulling training programs that work: 

http://www.clickertraining.biz/nopull.htm
http://ahimsadogtraining.com/blog/leash-walking/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZarFGdcj8s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MkG0XHKzLQ
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Re: Sticky: leash pulling
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 09:38:25 PM »
Still searching for the first article.
Second was moved here:  http://grishastewart.com/leash-walking/
Unable to recover YouTube videos.

I have certain authors and techniques I like to recommend on this topic, so it shouldn't be too hard for me to come up with alternative articles.

I particularly like SueEh's "penalty yards," for example.  And not surprising the Grisha article is there because I'm a fan of her as well. 

I'll bet the YouTube videos were demos of penalty yards because an awful lot of people seem to misunderstand the concept and execute them incorrectly.  For example, my current dog is of moderate drive.  Certainly you can wind him up if you put any effort into it, but his default is not to be Mr. Super Drivey dog.  So I handed him over to a visiting guest and I took my reactive dog.  I figured it would be good for Tar to deal with working for someone else while he saw Ruby get my full attention.  Not surprising, he tried to forge.  And this person pulled back on his leash, pulling him back to what she figured was a starting line.  Um.  That's not how penalty yards work.  I didn't see it happening because I'd gone on around the van and thought I was making things easier for the handler by not being visible.  And then I heard my dog's voice change pitch and I knew she was in serious trouble, that he was about to hulk out into Mr. Super Drivey Dog.  Sure enough, she'd wound him up like a toy car and he was ready to burst forth with visceral power.  So, yeah, you don't do penalty yards by pulling on the leash.  If the dog has a pulling problem step one is that you cannot pull on the leash yourself because that will always make it worse.  Also a tight leash on a dog who wants to reach something generates a huge wave of frustration that can make him so focused on getting what he wants that he loses the ability to hear you or know you exist.

So I'll see if I can find a nice representative video for penalty yards.
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Re: Sticky: leash pulling
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 09:55:42 PM »
Sue Eh's Penalty Yards:  http://www.clickersolutions.com/articles/2002/pulling.htm

Not coming up with a really good video demo on this one.  Anyone else know of one?
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"The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world -- the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous -- is his dog." -George G. Vest