My dog broke my finger

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My dog broke my finger

Post by Ruth or Bill Ma » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00



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> 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

Two thoughts:
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

 
 
 

My dog broke my finger

Post by Diane Blackm » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00



: > 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.
: Two thoughts:
: 1. Try a flexi-lead.  When she starts running hit the button.  It will
: stop her dead in her tracks.

Hmmm, well if it were I, I couldn't use a flexi lead in this
situation because I can't hang on to one well enough, especially when I
am surprised.  I am very comfortable using a retractable lead with my
non-maniac 65 pound dog, but use it only with extreme caution, and a
pinch collar, on my hyper dog.  Perhaps a person with large or strong
hands can use this more effectively than I.  Not saying there is
anything wrong with the advice, just another factor to consider :-).  

: 2. Try a Halti or Gentle Leader- Either one will prevent her from
: going into a flat-out run.

Yes.  Until training control is achieved, real physical control is a
safety must.  Be prepared for people who become afraid of your dog
because they think it is a muzzle.  Just smile sweetly and explain.

: Try finding a place where dogs can play together.

Great, if possible.  With a very hyper dog I suggest frequent time outs.
Don't, however, call your dog out of an active play unless you are in a
position to enforce it. (That leads to the ha ha ha ha I'm off leash
and you can't make me problems later)  The reason for the time outs is
that the play can get so intense that it gets out of control.  It seemed
to help my dog learn control when he was interupted and made to sit it
out for a short period.  I'm not sure if I'm explaining this well,
perhaps someone with greater experience will comment.

--
Diane Blackman  

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My dog broke my finger

Post by Twzl & Sligo heh heh h » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>1. Try a flexi-lead.  When she starts running hit the button.  It will
>stop her dead in her tracks.

A big enough dog (and 40 pounds is big enough), can put you on your
butt, if he hits the end of a flexi at a run. I use flexi's to exercise
my dogs at dog show sites or when travelling, but I have wound up flat on
my back at times, when my dog took off after a squirrel, and I was
remiss in the attention department. If the dog
already has a problem with walking on a normal leash, giving him 26 feet
of leash is not going to help matters any.

Ann, Twzl & Sligo
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My dog broke my finger

Post by Teij » Wed, 03 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Congratulations for attending a class again.  I would strongly recommend a
Halti headcollar (or Gentle Leader), or a pinch collar.

Also, work on a very steady SIT or DOWN-STAY and practice around fast
moving objects.  Make the dog responsible for its actions.

I would leave the flexi leash for later, when you have more control within
a 6 foot leash radius.  

Teija