I have a 14 month old choc. Female. I am trying to train her to loose leach walk. She pulls non stop. I tried the click and reward method and she does well however, when she knows I do not have treats she forgets conveniently and goes back to pulling. Any advice on training that has worked?
Like most labs she is very bright and wants to please this is one thing we have trouble on. Any help would be appreciated.
Beaux's Mom Jenn
Front load harness like a halti. Works like a charm when we don't reward.
Libby - 11 Sep 2013
I'm about to start a Puppy 2 class and I have a private trainer coming tomorrow as well to help "fine tune" a few things with our lab pup. Leash walking is one of them. However, we have the opposite problem, our little nine month old is so interested in EVERYTHING that he is constantly stopping to sniff and explore (and sometime eat poop if he can get away with it). He also likes/wants to say "hi" to every person and dog that he sees coming down the street. He'll go into a down stay to wait for them to arrive. So, as a result of this, we find we are constantly pulling on his leash to get him to walk along with us. The trainer I have coming tomorrow afternoon is a Guide Dog trainer for his day job and then trains dogs privately on the side. We've always used Sensa-tion harneses with our dogs, but this pup might need to go a different route, the Guide Dog trainer has recommended a Gentle Leader. I'll let you know how it goes. I don't want to use any kind of a pinch collar so I'm hoping we can get our teenage lab to exhibit better leash walking behavior between the trainings and trying this Gentle Leader out. Good luck!
Took me a year to get that down with my rescue lab Jack. Boy, that was rough work.
Thank you all for your posts. We are going to try a few things mentioned, and hope for the best. She is so smart I know it will be okay. We just have to stick to it. They always test the boarders if you know what I mean.