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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling on Lead! Please everyone reply!

Hi peoples,

My Vis is 8 months old now and hes a nightmare on the lead. All he want to do is pull, **** his leg and sniff everything.

Please can everyone tell me what they found the best way to stop there Vis pulling and at what sort of age.

Many thanks!
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 03:49 PM
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Hi there richmond,

I have a 9 month old girl Vizsla and she was the worst at walking on a loose lead.. All through training she was the worst in school... But I stayed on it and now at nine months she seem to be getting the hang of it....

First of all I put her in a harness and the lead attaches at the front beside her chest. then the painful bit comes every time she pulled on the lead I stopped I mean every time the slightest pull and I stopped until she came back to heal some time only moving 2 paces it was really painful... I would walk her on the lead for about 20 - 40 minutes then let her off for about an hour...

It seems to have worked so far but I spoke to a few trainers and they said this was one of the best ways to do it... Some people say to put a choker lead on but I did not like..

I am no expert this is just what worked for me and Amber...

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You are at the point where you need to teach the "Walk at Heel".
I've copied a previous post i wrote;

The heel can be tough. I know that people erroneously believe it to be one of the easier commands, but is isn't. The heel is control, and it is a command that really needs to be instilled. It is what keeps a dog safe and under control.
If a dog comes when called, and heels properly it's almost enough by themselves if the dog learns no other commands.
The end result is that the dog should heel naturally without command or use of a leash, and be commanded to move off, or released from the heel without a leash.

Put them on a 9'-12' leash and keep a loop in your off hand. when they begin to pull on the leash, or move in a direction you aren't, drop the loop and immediately change direction, 90-180 degrees. Don't pull or yank on the leash. Drop the loop , change direction and keep walking at an even pace. They will be momentarily off balance from the release of the pressure when you drop the loop, and will have to move in the new direction to regain their balance. Keep a loop in your hand and change direction every time they exerts pressure on the leash. When they yield and changes direction walk backward encouraging them. Give them the come command and kneel and praise them. There has to be reward
Each time you change direction give them a short whistle cue. I use two quick whistles when I change direction. It means to the dog, Pay Attention to me! It's not the "Come here" whistle, it's one where I want there attention on me. When you change direction in the woods grouse hunting, this is the same signal you will want to give them to move in the same direction as you are, even though you may be a couple hundred feet apart. All of my Vizsla's have been very communicative. I communicate with them constantly during training and hunting, either by voice, whistle, clap, or slap on the thigh.
I like to use the longer lead, 9'-12'. I keep a section of the lead in my left hand ,and have the remainder sort of loosely looped in my right hand. There is enough lead in my right hand though to twirl the excess lead in front of my dogs nose. If they start to move forward they get a little"bip" under the jaw. Nothing harsh just the weight of the lead.
When you do the heel to the left, expect that they won't pay attention. You are going to purposely run into them with your knee, once again no rough stuff like purposely kneeing them. You are just going to "walk through them" and keep going. It's very planned. Work them in a "square" to the left a few times and then the right. Eventually you put everything to together in a random sequence. Don't let the dog pick the direction. Walk them up to the house, or car at th eheel. if they start to anticipate ans pull towards the objective, do a 180 and move them off in the opposite direction and then bring them back until they stop anticipating and pulling.
At some point they will just sit down, or refuse to move. They are confused now,and don't know what to do. When this happens take a Big Step back on their training. Talk to them, soothe them, and then gently move them off in a straight line at the heel. They're done for this session. finish on a positive.

The end result is a dog walking at your left knee. His shoulder should be even with your knee, and there should be slack in the lead. Vizslas will pick this up very quickly. They "generally" pull because they've been allowed to get away with it. Once they're no longer allowed, they change their behavior fairly quickly and adopt the new behavior.

As for the leg cocking, when he's on that leash. He's on your terms, not his. He starts cocking that leg, pull him away unless you've commanded him to do his stuff.

You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.
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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 04:11 PM
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Andy,

Gunnr is giving you the best advise!! I was at my wit's end with Reba, but when I used the method described above it "clicked" with Reba. It didn't happen overnight but it did happen a lot quicker than I thought possible. Best of luck.

P.S. If you feel yourself or your puppy getting frustrated go back to something that you know the pup can do, give the command and once it has been obeyed STOP!! Always finish on a high note. You can always try again tomorrow.

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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thats great I will give it a go. Leo is 8 months now, 24 Kg and starting to be very testing.

Thanks!
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Hi Gunnr,

How long do you think each 'walk at heel' training session should be? At the moment Leo has 30-40 mins off lead twice a day and 10-15 mins on lead in the evening.

Thanks agai!

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It's not a timed sessions, at least the formal training component isn't. It may only last a few minutes. Work straight, left, right, reverse, go around obstacles, etc.
Look for the cues that the lesson is going right. You may only get a few steps properly at the heel in the beginning. Make a big deal out of it each time he does something right. Stop praise, and then begin again. Keep your body language light and make it seem as if this was the most fun and natural thing in the world. Always finish on a high note, and then have playtime. I find it also helps to have a playtime session before training. I think they're able to blow off some excess energy and focus their attention more on me.
You can integrate the stay command at the door. Each time he goes in and out the door, command the stay, not sit, and then release him. I had Gunnr, my other Vizsla, on a leash going in and out the door for awhile. That was a drag, but necessary. She'd just about take your feet out from under you getting through that door.
One of my dogs,Tika, pulled like a freight train when I first got her. She'd see that door, and there'd go your arm. She was actually causing me lower back pain on the leash! That's how hard she pulled. One time I remember standing in one spot, holding onto to the truck for support while she pulled toward the door. I thought she was going to choke herself. Finally after about 10-15 minutes she let the pressure off the leash. I brought her back away from the door, and then toward the door and that was it. So be ready to be spontaneus, and flexible and work with the opportunities that present themselves.

Everyone struggles with the walk at heel. It takes time patience and persistence. And of course, lots of praise.

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Andy I can reasure you that gunnr's method DOES work although I did make myself feel sick from looking down at Scooby and constantly changing directions : we still go back to this method when he 'forgets' to walk nicely and he soons learns.
Good luck with it, one tip we were given re getting his nose of the floor is to have a piece of salami in the palm of your hand so the dog smells that and then gradually reduce the treat smell.
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I agree with Scooby, this method WORKS.
We always struggled with Kian and walking him. In the past I tried following Gunnr's instructions but just couldn't get it right.
Now, back up to 3 weeks ago. We had a training session with Kian's trainer, this was to be walking on a leash. Well wouldn't you know it this guy uses the same method Gunnr has written on this forum so many times. Now that we have seen it done properly I can understand what we were doing wrong.
Now when we take Kian for walks it's not on his terms anymore, it's on ours. During his walks we will interrupt the walk with a 5 minute session, either on the sidewalk a schoolyard or a dead end street. This keeps him focused.
Just keep at it, it will click.
When the trainer worked on Kian, he picked it up in less than 5 minutes. At one point he had Kian walking between myself and my girlfriend, the leash was draped over my shoulder. Kian did not leave our sides, always kept looking up at us and checking in.... it was truly amazing that he picked it up THAT quickly. These dogs are extremely smart and willing to please.
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 02:17 PM
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I just bought the Easy Walk Harness at petsMart and it worked like majic.
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