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PostSubject: Let your dog pull!   Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:44 pm

Just finished reading this interesting article ( http://dogstardaily.com/blogs/let-them-pull ) about letting your dog pull instead of trying so hard for loose leash walking.

...Well sorta. Heeling is still important to have on cue for instance when you are in a busy street or in the vets office but overall the author makes a good point in letting her dogs do what they like to do most: pull! Here she explains that she has her ACD pull a wagon when they go on walks.

If you think about its a good idea because A. The dog gets to do what it wanted. B. Its tiring for the dog and a common cause of pulling is too much energy and C. The dog has a job to focus on and isn't so easily distracted. The author goes on to say that her ACD which is a bit reactive to other dogs almost ignores them now as she pulls the wagon, that job helps her focus and not worry so much about bickering with other dogs.

Pretty intersting concept, take look you guys and see if its something you'd ever consider doing. I'm thinking this might help loads with Junior's pulling too!

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PostSubject: Re: Let your dog pull!   Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:30 pm

I think its great to give a dog a job to do, and I agree with the points given in your post. As long as the job has a "point in focus" it is fine.

The problem I have with "pulling" is that WAY too many ppl just hook the leash to the dog's collar and let the dog pull then down the street and thru people's yards and flower gardens. That does ABSOLUTELY nothing for the dog or the dog/human relationship.

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PostSubject: Re: Let your dog pull!   Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:17 am

Tracking is almost the same. The dog takes the lead, but for a purpose. It's great for them, something they almost always do well. I have two harnesses but would like to get a cart. In the past, I've let the dogs pull kids on sleds, and they love that!
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PostSubject: Re: Let your dog pull!   Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:44 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
I think its great to give a dog a job to do, and I agree with the points given in your post. As long as the job has a "point in focus" it is fine.

The problem I have with "pulling" is that WAY too many ppl just hook the leash to the dog's collar and let the dog pull then down the street and thru people's yards and flower gardens. That does ABSOLUTELY nothing for the dog or the dog/human relationship.

Your post got me thinking of something else too, its common sense but still worth mentioning. You need a harness for this kind of pulling, if you clip this on the collar and thats it you could have some serious damage to the trachea!

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PostSubject: Re: Let your dog pull!   Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:21 pm

there is a time and a place for lead pulling....and a harness is much better and safer for the dog if it is going to do an activity which is going to involve being allowed to pull. Lucy is a strange dog! she does not go to the toilet in her own garden! she has to be out somewhere, usually on the field at the back of us, and she pulls like mad in a morning in an obvious hurry to get there! i think this is the only time i allow her to pull. after all....i wouldnt like someone telling me to slow down or stop or worse still sit when i was in a hurry for the loo!!!!! she was once a terrible lead puller but i have found that apart from toilet time in a morning she is much better since i started playing tricks on her. i will alter the speed and direction i am walking several times if she starts pulling. this encourages her to stay by my side to see where i am going next! she is rewarded with a "nice heel" when she is by my side.
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PostSubject: Re: Let your dog pull!   Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:32 pm

I totally agree Gilly, there is a place and time for everything. Its especially important to be able to have control over your dog and teach it heel when pulling can be a danger to him/her or even other people such as in streets with heavy traffic or a vets office. I think this idea of letting a dog pull is good in that it gives a dog a job to do (which sometimes owners may not see the importance of) and at the same time burn off extra energy...but it wouldn't be practical to let them do this 24/7! Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Let your dog pull!   Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:53 pm

I'm still training mine not to pull so much...it's kind of rediculous. I have recently learned some better methods of not allowing him to do that when we go for walks and its starting to work...lol..
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