>: pay much attention to me, but wanted to meet and play w/ everyone else
>Well you haven't been together long enough yet for him to be really
>bonded. Don't worry - you will get there.
That's what I was hoping. Thanks.
>OK so the Halti worked for you. Did you have to leave it behind or did
>you get to take it home?
I got to take the Halti home. I haven't used it since the class. (He
was miserable when it was on. He went *** for a while then tried
to get it off). But he did listen better!
>: But my problem is when we go out on leash, he wants to play by playing
>: tug-of-war with the leash. He will also try to "reel" the leash by
>: grabbing a portion of the leash close to my hand. I'm nervous that he
>: will bite me, but most importantly, I want to break him of this habit.
I tried the bitter apple on the leash, but he liked it! But hot sauce
>: He started whining so I thought he had to go. We went back out and it
>: turns out he wanted to play tug-of-war again w/ the leash (growling
>: and pulling). I tried the loud "No!" to no avail (sometimes works),
>He probably won't understand "No" right away. He will be reacting more
>to your body language and tone of voice.
He does know "No" in other circumstances, but I think he's so e***d
to be outside and playing, that he just doesn't listen and wants to
play. (He play growls, wags his tail, gets down low w/ his ***in
the air, lunges for the leash -- AARGH! it gets frustrating.).
>: and a quick tug on the ***collar. This did nothing so I quietly
>: turned and walked back into the house and he followed me. (I'm in the
>YES! good instincts. That is exactly right. BUT do get that fencing
>fixed so you can do that safely.
I can't get it done soon enough! It will be great to just "let him out"
in the morning to relieve himself instead of bundling up and taking
him on lead. But also, it will be great to be able to throw a ball
and have him fetch it without being on a lead and me running after him
towards the ball as I do now - looks pretty silly.
>: process of fencing in my backyard, so I can't just drop the leash and
>: ignore him yet.) He thinks he's playing, so I don't want to be harsh
>: to him. He hasn't done anything wrong in his eyes, right?
>Correct. And while that doesn't mean you let him "get away with it" it
>does mean selecting a different style. It takes quite a bit of practice
>to use a slip (choke) collar properly. Some people never master it.
That's why I'm afraid of doing it incorrectly. Jerk, then praise when
>I recommend that for walks away from the house you use the Halti or some
>other style of head halter. That should make it fairly easy for you to
>stop him from tugging. Good timing will help as well. The idea in
>correcting unwanted behavior is to stop it before the dog has the chance
>to derive any pleasure of it. In short stop the dog for even "thinking"
>of tugging on the leash. How? Well you will have to vary it depending
>upon your dog. Watch the dog carefully. You will be able to see the
>little perk of interest in the leash. When you see that give the dog
>something else to do and catch his interest with a high voice. "Hey, let's
>go" and turn and go the other direction - or have him sit, or bounce a
>ball in front of him.
In fact, the "lets go" seems to work some of the time when he tugs on
the leash. He drops it and runs with me. (but it doesn't work all
the time -- sometimes he will run w/ it in his mouth and go for the
part of the leash near my hand). He once came very close and I yelled
"OW!" and turned around to ignore him. He came around to my frontside
and calmed a bit. I think he's learning.
>: What should I do in the future if he does this? I can go inside the
>: house in my backyard, but what if we're in public? His previous owners
>: definitely played tug-of-war w/ him and his original leash was frayed
>: from him tugging. He's off leash in the house. Should I always keep
>: him on the leash even at home to get him used to it? Will it be easier
>: to break him of it while he's in the house?
>Tethering is a method of helping not only housetrain a dog but build
>bonding with a dog. Its kind of a pain at first but you quickly get used
>to it. It involves attaching the dog to you as much of the time as you
>can tolerate then just going about your business. No need to warn the dog
>when you are going to move let him keep his eye on you and figure it out.
>With the leash tugging habit this may be a bit more difficult than usual.
Inside the house, he's great. I tried tethering a little the first
day, but will do it regularly now so he stays with me and watches me.
>I would do it only with the head halter unless you can get some special
>help on correct use of the slip collar. The same rules apply, however, if
>he wants to play tug don't say anything to him - reject him - ostracise
>him, walk away - let your body say not that you are angry, but that the
>game does not interest you and you just don't want to play. The second he
>drops the leash give him a reward that means something. Toss a toy, let
>him give you a kiss, praise.
I will try it that way. Thanks.
>Daily grooming and massage will also help in the bonding.
The past few nights before I go to bed, we've spent about 10-15.
minutes with me just petting and stroking him and touching him all
over (ears, head, paws), and massaging him while he lays by me. I can
see he's feeling more comfortable being close to me. I'll have to try
the brush on him this weekend.
>I'm very impressed that you are actually practicing what you have learned
>in training class. I'm sure most instructors are much more used to
>students that don't practice and aren't honest about it. Keep up the good
>work. Several short sessions a day beat one longer session.
Thanks. That's because I really want a well-behaved dog that bonds
with me. Plus, it's FUN seeing the light go on in his head when he
associates sitting with getting his food, going out, etc. The hard
part is always being patient and learning how to communicate with him
and read his signals and then know the proper action to take to
enforce, or discourage a particular behavior! :-)