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After this morning, I'm pretty sure I'm Beta in my household. LOL...

I have been diligently working on Sunny Ray's leash training. If he starts to pull, I change directions. If I stop, he sits and heels. He's gotten to where he walks loosely, but still not beside or behind me. Then came this morning....

We went for our normal early morning walk. When we started to walk past the 3 mini-weenies on our block, they started barking and Sunny Ray started pulling. I changed direction. He did the jumping pull thing and started biting the collar to get to them. I grabbed his collar to pull him back to make him sit. Well... apparently giving him a haircut made his collar much looser. He twisted and out he came. And he took off like a streak of lightning. He ran to the weenie's fence... and then across that yard to the neighbor's house (where there is another dog tied up). There is only about 75 feet between the two, but he was running between them like a maniac. I tried calling him to me. Nada. Tried luring him back with a treat. Food... Play... Food... Are you serious??? PLAY!!! During this whole time, the other dogs were barking like crazy and this made Sunny Ray even more excited. Because of the commotion, all the neighbors had to come out and watch my little helliun having fun with his new found freedom. Surprisingly I was very calm about it.

FINALLY, by going to the dog that was tied up, I squatted down and petted her and gave her praise for sitting so calmly for me. I'm very grateful at this point that Sunny Ray is a jealous dog. He thinks he should always be the center of attention. He settled down and finally sat down long enough for me to put his (now tighter) collar back on. Then I took him straight home and in the house.


Thank God we live on a back street off the main highway. And apparently I need to get help with his training. UGH!

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Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on May 14, 2012 at 4:13pm

Lois, I started taking Sunny Ray for walks later in the evening and earlier in the morning - when the weenies aren't out. I have shortened his leash to about 5 inches and he's been walking loose. The hardest part is that we live in an association... in a circle... and the only way around our circle (without going on a main highway) is right past their house. It's actually a hard environment to try to train him to walk loosely. If we walk down our driveway and turn left - the house beside us has a rat terrier and a collie mix. They both bark and run their fence. If we turn right, it's the weenies and sometimes there are 2 Maltese that run loose. So, we loaded Sunny Ray up over the weekend and just took him to the human park to walk the trail. He did great without other dogs there to distract him.

Marsha, Sunny Ray just turned 1 year old yesterday and he's 76 pounds of puppy. Hahaha! I don't use a prong collar due to preference. At the recommendation of a vet, I bought one once and used it on my Golden Retriever - one time. I just didn't care for it. But like I said, that's just my own personal preference. But I do use a treat every now and then. I can't use them too often because then Sunny Ray abuses it and will stop for the treat and then take off like a bat out of hell. HAHAHA

Comment by Marsha Cochran on May 11, 2012 at 8:33am

How old is Sunny Ray? how big?  We have found that for walks (only) right now - Hank (8 mos, 80 lbs)  does well with a prong collar.  He is very strong and very interested in everything - the prong gently gives him just an extra bit of correction.  Of course, you have to be mindful that you don't use it too harshly.  So far, he's doing well and seems to respect it.  I only give him about 5 inches of leash and keep his head right by my knee - starting out a treat now and then is helpful.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on May 9, 2012 at 9:33pm

Mitzi,  is it possible to go in another direction until Justin knows you are in charge??  Regardless going past the mini-dogs will always be an issue. because they are not balanced...  Justin needs to know you are in charge of where he places his feet...   Shorten your leash without tension, allowing him only 4 or 5 inches.. If he pulls; stop and command him to wait...   Don't start training in the mini-dog area.. as that is where you want to continue home...  just keep walking on shorter leash...  Justin will learn that it is you who are in charge.

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on May 9, 2012 at 3:07pm

Well, the harness has helped in the fact that he doesn't take off without me and I don't lose feeling in my hands... however this morning he started barking louder and grabbing the leash with his mouth and pulling to get to the fence of the mini-hot dogs. Any suggestions? I don't want this to turn into Leash Aggression. I'm almost at my Leash's End... Hahaha...

Comment by Jo Bill on May 8, 2012 at 2:18pm

Gotta love those bells!

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on May 8, 2012 at 12:48pm

Me neither! HAHAHA! Definitely take a picture :)  Sunny Ray will stand at the sliding patio doors... staring at the birds while they hop in the yard... ringing the "potty bell"... whining... then staring at the potty bell like it will magically make the door open. HAHAHA!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on May 8, 2012 at 1:48am

tooooooooo funny Janet,,, try taking a picture..   I've never know any breed to lay still with birds hopping around them..   

Comment by Daryl & Janet's Dyna Doodle on May 8, 2012 at 12:58am

When it comes to the birds that land in our back yard Dyna just lays really still. She has learned if she chases then they will leave and she wants then to stay. They have learned she is gentle so they land and walk all around her so her dad has realize she will not be a bird dog.

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on May 7, 2012 at 2:46pm

We bought a harness this weekend to help with the training. And hopefully this will help keep me from choking him - and not of my own will. When those birds start singing to him, he feels a need to get closer, and he pulls until he can't breathe.

Comment by Stephaine Moctezuma-Hernandez on May 7, 2012 at 1:31pm

Wow, that sounds close a situation I had with Bolt when I first got him. We aren't still that great with a leash, but at least he isn't doing that anymore. You must have amazing strength and patience! I totally lost my cool when Bolt did that. Points for you!!! It will get better and good luck on the training!

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