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Old 02-11-2015, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Canada
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If you still had your job (sorry it didn't work out) I would have suggested you take the dog for a car ride to an unfamiliar place and walk her around a few blocks that she's not familair with. She might just be the kind of dog that didn't want to leave her home base.

At least you can give this a try in the future if you have another dog with the same issues.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I gave up today.

I had another terrible walk... I resorted to dragging her to keeping her out of the street, and at one point, from another dog approaching... she would have ran away from me if she hadn't been leashed.

She was just so miserable... I took her home after 10 minutes and gave back the money for today and the rest of the month. I told her that a dog walk shouldn't be so miserable for either the dog or the walker and that the dog needs someone with more experience. I referred her to someone else in our community who has been doing this a lot longer than I have (and charges more ).

I hope it works out better for her in the future. I feel like I let go of a huge burden!
Smart business decision.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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Hey everyone!

I'm back to report the most amazing thing happened with this client. When I quit the client came around the next day and hired a animal behaviorist to come and work with me one-on-one: We got the dog (and I) to turn around in 5 minutes!

What she taught me was very basic, but it has allowed me to remain with the client and improve my walks with many of the other dogs as well.

You were right about the "comforting". Now I ignore her. I was also taught a simple, quick drag on the leash in a upward and forward fashion following by a release. Once we get the feet moving, it means her brain is moving and she's ready to take my lead again. Keeping her alongside me is a simple corrective tug and release... the release being especially important as your teaching the dog the punishment is the tension and the reward is the release.

It's been a week and finally feel like I am a valid and experienced walker.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Hey everyone!

I'm back to report the most amazing thing happened with this client. When I quit the client came around the next day and hired a animal behaviorist to come and work with me one-on-one: We got the dog (and I) to turn around in 5 minutes!

What she taught me was very basic, but it has allowed me to remain with the client and improve my walks with many of the other dogs as well.

You were right about the "comforting". Now I ignore her. I was also taught a simple, quick drag on the leash in a upward and forward fashion following by a release. Once we get the feet moving, it means her brain is moving and she's ready to take my lead again. Keeping her alongside me is a simple corrective tug and release... the release being especially important as your teaching the dog the punishment is the tension and the reward is the release.

It's been a week and finally feel like I am a valid and experienced walker.
How cool is that? Thanks for the update.
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