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CorgiCritter (author)2015-03-23

Cute dogs! I really like the one in the thumbnail image.

thanks

crank_girl (author)2015-03-11

If you leash pull you create constriction around their necks, initiating a panicked response and this will encourage them to pull even more. You really need to keep the lead slack at all times.

You've hit the nail on the head with treats though. Our dog was incredibly anxious when he goes outside and would pull a lot. We got in a dog psychologist who advised us to distract him with treats. Apparently dogs are not good multi-taskers so they cannot be anxious and eat at the same time. So if you get your dogs attention and drop treats every few steps your dog will walk to heel in anticipation of treats. As time goes on your dog will become conditioned into walking to heel and you can slowly decrease the frequency with which you drop treats.

This method has transformed our dog from an anxious puller that was terrified of other dogs into a dog that is calm and obedient. Dogs are really no different than kids in terms of behaviour modification. You reward the behaviour you want to see and ignore that which you do not. If there is something you don't want your dog to do, don't tell her not to do it. Instead give her another task/command. For instance, I don't like my dog to bark when their is someone at the front door. So instead of telling him to be quiet I get him to sit. Works a like a charm. :)

CaiM1 (author)2015-03-10

My dog only barks when she wants attention or tries to contribute to the family, like there is stranger by the door, or try to stop qurarrels between family members.

But there is a problem that my dog usually steal food from the candy shelf.

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