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From: Sewlite
Date: 04-29-2007, 01:55 PM (1 of 9)
Does anyone know the best way to train a puppy on a leash,I know it takes lots of patience but wondered if theres any secrets to be learned about this.Lots of praise is called for I know.
Plus stop puppy from biting my feet.TIA
User: Sewlite
Member since: 04-04-2001
Total posts: 37
From: Sancin
Date: 04-29-2007, 03:47 PM (2 of 9)
Leash - best thing I have found is a collar called a 'gentle leader'. It has a little part of the leash that goes over the nose so that any time the dog pulls his head is turned to look back at you. The one I purchased from my vet was realtively costly and came with an excellent training video but have noticed cheaper ones in pet stores. If I were to do it again I would see if I could borrow one from someone as they don't usually need for long and a puppy grows quickly.

Feet: If you are sitting, pull your feet up quickly and say no biting or some command you and the dog remember. Don't use the dogs name - use that only for calling dog to you. Same thing if standing - pull foot back quickly and say no.

There are some very good dog training sites on line. Google "dog training tips" or dog learning tips - if you just type in dog training you get too much advertizing. Be prepared for some contradictory view.

Good Luck
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
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From: Sewlite
Date: 04-29-2007, 05:34 PM (3 of 9)
Thank you for the tips on this subject,she is learning the word NO now,I have a halter for her leash, as I dont like collars when she pulls, which was what i bought first.
I have looked at many sites on this also and found some tips I can use.
User: Sewlite
Member since: 04-04-2001
Total posts: 37
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-30-2007, 09:00 AM (4 of 9)
My husband uses the gentle leader on our Jack Russell sometimes when they walk and he says it works very well to keep her from lunging.
User: DorothyL
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From: smessier
Date: 04-30-2007, 11:22 AM (5 of 9)
Another tip for stopping the pup from biting your feet: Wash and dry an empty soda or beer can. Put 5 to 10 pennies in and tape the hole with duck tape. Keep the can nearby. Whenever the pup starts the unwanted behavior, firmly state no and give the can a shake. They don't like the noise and will stop immediately. This also works to keep my cats off the counter. I like this because there's no yelling or hitting involved, and it really works.

Good luck with your new pup.

User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: lendube
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:22 PM (6 of 9)
Tell us about your pup.

Got three myself and love them to pieces. Didn't get them as puppies though. Been a while since I've dealt with that. Did try the gentle leader with one big (125 lb.)boy and it really helped even at that size. He's stronger than I am but I did feel like I had control. I imagine if you get them young it'd be an especially great tool.

Good luck.:up:

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
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From: tiny
Date: 04-30-2007, 06:53 PM (7 of 9)
I love the gentle leads! I have one for each of my dogs (a Schnoodle, 3 yrs and a Yorkie, 1 yr old). I've also heard it suggested that if they tug, you should STOP MOVING until they look back at you to figure out why ya'll have stopped. Frankly, I'm too lazy to be that patient of a trainer.

Foot biting/other mouthy behavior- You could try a product called Bitter Apple. Pet stores sell it. I spray some on my hands, because when I start sewing and the little one wants attention, he'll nip. It tastes gross but doesn't hurt him. (Also, it doesn't stain or make things sticky)
User: tiny
Member since: 04-22-2001
Total posts: 8
From: tiny
Date: 04-30-2007, 07:13 PM (8 of 9)
DOH! I forgot one very important thing- start with a slightly tired puppy. Throw the ball for a few minutes, play tug-of-war, whatever it takes to get the excitement worn off. Burning the anxious energy (like the kind you see when you first walk in the door?) will help him/her focus.
User: tiny
Member since: 04-22-2001
Total posts: 8
From: Longblades
Date: 05-01-2007, 09:08 AM (9 of 9)
I got a book called "Good Owners, Good Dogs" by Brian Kilcommon and Sarah Wilcox. I highly recommend it and you will find it recommended on many doggy sites too. Personally I would not use the gentle leader until you have tried the conventional methods of just a collar and leash. The gentle leader works by restraint on the very sensitive nose so if you use it right from the get go the dog does not really learn to walk properly on leash but is being restrained. You do not say how big your puppy is expected to get but the leaders and regular collar and leash may not be suitable for little dogs. For them you will often see a harness recommended so that you are connected to the wee poochie's body instead of the head and neck.
User: Longblades
Member since: 07-14-2005
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