I havea rottweiler called Suki. She is only two, and is already very strong. I was hoping someone could give me advice on how i can stop her pulling when we go for walks. I am currently trying a halty, but not much progress has been made.
Hi and welcome ...have you tried a prong collar ? they work well when used properly . I use them on all mine . Have you taken her to training classes ? If not do so . A dog that pulls wants to be the leader of the pack , when shepulls stop walking and make her sit . It takes time and patience , baby steps ! work with her in your yard at first . Don't take a long walk with her do short ones at first , every times she pulls stop then make her sit ! If she keeps it up go back tothehouse , she will learn that if she pulls she won't go for a walk . Rotts are fast learners .
Well, the simple answer is it takes 2 to pull. If you don't LET the dog pull, she can't.
The key is to never let her get the leash tight in the first place.
There are a couple of things you can do to help.
The prong collar will help a LOT, just on it's own. It will give you
the control you need to manage a large dog out on walks. Get the SMALL
size, and get enough extra links to make it fit the dog's neck. You
will probably need at least 5 extra links.
Next, using a 6 foot lead, with some tasty treats in your pocket, take
your dog out for a walk. Start with the dog sitting at your left
side. First thing, reward the dog with a treat for being at your
left on a loose leash. Once you start out, give the dog the full slack
in the leash. The SECOND the dog passes by you so that she can no
longer see you, quietly and quickly turn about face and go the opposite
direction. Laws of physics indicate that the dog will hit the end of
the lead and get quite a jolt as you are going the other way.
However, when the dog turns around after this "jolt", all she sees is
your back going the other way. So of course you could not possibly be
responsible for this correction.
As soon as she catches up to your left side, smile, praise, and treat
again. If she passes you, same thing. About face, quietly and quickly,
You can also teach your dog very simply to pay attention to you when
you ask by using food. This is a very simple and fun way to learn how
you can shape behaviors with food rewards.
Put tasty treats in each hand. Show the treats to the dog, and then
stand quietly with your hands at your side. Ignore any bumping,
licking, etc the dog might do to your hands. Just stand quietly,
watching the dog. Eventually the dog will look up to make eye contact
with you to see why you are not giving up any of the treats.
INSTANTLY reward the dog, with smiles, praise, treats, etc. Really make a big deal.
Then do it again. Almost all dogs will look MUCH more quickly the
second time around. The dog is learning it can "make" you give her a
treat if she looks you in the eye. Now it is quite simple to modify and
shape this new behavior in any direction you want. Shape for the dog to
look when you say her name. Shape for longer looks. Shape for the dog
looking at you in heel position. Introduce light distraction, and
reward for the dog's attention. You can build a very VERY strong
attention behavior over several months time, so strong, if you are
diligent, that the dog cannot be deterred or distracted from looking at
you at ALL if you have asked for attention.
This is a fun thing to teach, and I have often demonstrated it with completely untrained dogs.
Once you have attention, you can call your dog back to you if/when she goes out to the end of the lead to try to pull.
Thank You Kitty, Redyre Rotties and rutylr. Yes we have tried taking her to the training classes, but Suki only did what she was told at the trainign sessions, then when we got home she would not do the things she had previously learned.
Thank You for your suggestions, they are appreciated. I shall try what you have suggested.
We dont have prong collars here, they are illegal. Where about in the UK are you???
My two are on clicker training and are doing really well. Can I ask if she is 2 now how long has she been doing this because if its forever its going to take a lot of practise and patience to break the cycle. basically if she pulls you stand still until she sits down or the lead goes loose, whichever comes first and then you reward her, sausage, spam, whatever, I recommend food is best option to nip this in the bud quickly. Just keep doing this, she will soon get the message. It does make walks slightly boring and tedious but its definatley worth it in the end. If she learnt things in the class and then doesnt do them at home you might have to think about getting a trainer to do a house call.