Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
My dog is 5 months now and he's so great inside and outside, but when he's on a leash he's jumping, biting, growling. He's goes a little nuts! It's so frustrating! Advice?? I have no idea how to stop this. I've tried a chain leash but he went even more crazy!
Hi Sami Jo-
I had exactly the same issue with Whidbey. Miracle!! I got one of those harnesses (don't remember what they are called) but they have them at Petco/Petsmart that restricts from pulling and jumping. The leash hooks on to a ring on the back rather than the neck, and if they try to pull, they actually restrict themselves.
Whidbey now associates that harness that it's FUN time- that we get to go walking.. and my life is much better now when it comes to her being on the leash! Try it!
Five months is the perfect time to begin some obedience training. Training the dog to walk on a loose leash and follow your lead is a key part of that training. Using a harness is an option, but that's more of a "control device" than a training tool....you can control the dog's body but not the mind. Have you thought about a class or a few sessions with a trainer?
I got an easy walk harness for Finn who is four months next week and it just did not work well for us at all. I think maybe I was using it incorrectly (I felt like I needed a mechanical engineering degree just reading the diagram to put it on. :) But everyone here seems to love it. I searched (on doodlekisses) past discussions on walk correctors before I purchased it and this was by far the most popular. It just didn't work for us. I use a pronged collar for my older dog and that worked miracles. I thought Finn was too young but we had our first obedience class this week and the trainer said I could absolutely use it at four months. It has changed our world and he is walking so much better. I know some people are probably against the pronged collars (as I was too in the beginning) but I discussed it with my vet and he said to put it on my ankle and pull it...that around a dogs neck it has a similar pressure/feel. My vet also said (and after using it for six years with my older dog I have to agree) that it is much more human than it looks and is very effective. The trainer added last night that because it's a "correctional" collar that it will correct bad walking immediately and teach good walking habits where a harness will create a "safe zone" during a walk. I think both are good options, it's just a personal choice on which works best for you and your dog but since I had so much success with my pronged collar I wanted to throw that out to you as another option. ;) Good luck!!
Yes! The Easy Walk Harness instantly changed Chopper's pulling and walking on his hind legs like a circus dog. :/
We use the easy walk harness too. I don't let him walk in front of me, I am the leader. If he pulls ahead a bit a give a very gentle tug back and he walks like a gentleman beside me. I get SO many compliments on my well behaved and happy puppy. He used to bite at the leash when he was younger (he's almost 4 months now) but I taught him "leave it" at about 9 weeks old so when he went for the leash I'd stop walking, say "Darwin, Leave it" and as soon as he let go of the leash I'dsay "good boy *with petting praise*, let's go" and when he started walking nicely again he would get a treat. We worked at this on every walk, every day and he's wonderful now. Maybe once a week he'll get excited and grab the leash but I just say "Leave it" and he drops it instantly.