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Old 07-04-2009, 05:35 AM
 
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We're 'trying out' a dog for a couple of days ( lab mix) who seems gentle and intelligent. Unfortunately he has not been walked regularly and is not good on a leash. Since we eventually want our kids to take part in his walking, please recommend a leash ( there's many on the market ) to stop him from pulling!! Also how do you get the dog to stay by your side while walking, instead of pulling ahead?
thanks in advance, you all always come thru!
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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Just a 6' nylon leash will do. You don't need any choke chains or none of that.
Why?
Because when you start to move forward there must be no tension on the leash (new rule).
When there is, it's like applying pressure to a brake peddle and you stop.
Pulling = stop.
No tension = move forward.

LAbs are super smart and will learn this in no time flat. Keep the dogs head up while walking, not sniffing. Don't let him steer you to trees, poles etc for now until he has this down.

Every 15 minutes of good walking, let him sniff around for a few minutes.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Get a haltie. My nine year old walks a rambunctious 200 pound dog with ease with one; without it he's impossible to control.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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Leashes don't train the dog. Humans do.
Leashes may give more control should the dog take off running but it is not a substitute for training the dog to walk nice on a leash. This is a safety concern too. Teaching the "heel" command is also valuable and there is no type of leash that will teach that command.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Obedience training for you and the dog is the best answer.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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While training may be the better long-term solution, the OP is in need of something that works immediately.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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Cesar Millan has a web site with leash info on it....that is the route I would go.
..there is no immediate fix...everything take a bit of time, patience and time to learn. Its not the dogs fault that he has never been taught to walk on a leash properly....be patient, I'm sure he wants to go on a great walk as much as you do. Best of luck to you!!!!
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Thanks Mearth, but that looks like the rig weightpullers use. Don't think that would stop an untrained dog from jumping into traffic...
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