> I'm typing six-fingered after my 40-pound terrier took off after a poodle
> yesterday and seriously sprained the little finger on my leash-holding hand.
> She knows she's not supposed to do this but she does it anyway if there's
> something really intersting to chase, like another dog, a new kid, a bird.
> Since she's on a leash she never catches them but it doesn't matter.
> Sometimes she's going so fast that she gets to the end of the leash and
> actually flips herself over backward -- which is surely a harsher
> correction than anyone would recommend. But it doesn't matter. She's
> like my kid with attention deficit disorder -- she's doing whatever she's
> going to do before she ever stops to think about whether she should.
> We're starting dog school (round two) in two weeks, but in the meantime
> I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions. How do I reward her for
> *not* being impulsive, or what correction would be more effective than
> the ineffective full-body-flip she does to herself?
> My finger wouldn't have been sprained if I'd been ready for her, by
> the way. I saw the poodle, but since my dog didn't immediately bolt
> I thought she wasn't going to, so I didn't firm up my grip on the leash.
> Turns out I just saw the poodle before Sandy did. Also, Sandy just wanted
> to play -- she wasn't being aggressive.
> -- Nancy
1. Try a flexi-lead. When she starts running hit the button. It will
stop her dead in her tracks.
2. Try a Halti or Gentle Leader- Either one will prevent her from
going into a flat-out run.
Try finding a place where dogs can play together.
Ruth Mays, owned by Josephine and Benjamin
Cinnaminson, NJ USA 08077