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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!