So many of you that dropped by yesterday commented on my retractable lead that Mommy and I though we would take a few minutes today to explain.
My problem has really never been pulling on walks. In the beginning, when I was just a little puppy, I refused to walk. No matter what Mommy did, I would take a few steps then just sit. Collars, head collars, harnesses, treats…. none of it convinced me.
Mommy and Daddy did not give up. The spent a lot of time just waiting me out. They did not give in. They would walk a bit and when I stopped and stood still, they would wait till I moved then praise me a lot. I finally got the idea and off we went.
I have been walking on a head collar with a 4’ leash for quite a while. But I started having some behavior issues. I started putting my teeth on Mommy. That is why we tried the two-point of contact leash and all the other techniques. But things just kept getting worse.
This is what I started doing:
We also played fetch in the house and both Mommy and I did a lot of things wrong. Here is a day where things went bad:
I was just so frustrated!!! This is why Mommy and Daddy took me to see Nancy. She is the one who told them I needed more play time and more freedom.
That is when I got my 50’ leash and all the wonderful toys to play in the back yard!!
And I am having so much fun playing. Nancy said after I had played fetch 500 times we could think about walking again if my behavior improved. And it did. So that is why Marta taught Mommy how to walk me on a long leash and the retractable leash.
The long leash is really hard for Mommy to use in the neighborhood. 20’ of line is a lot for a 5’2” person to hold and walk. But it is great when we are in an open field. The retractable is for the neighborhood walks.
And, truth be told, I still don’t pull on walks. I tend to lag behind to get all the smells before I move on.
Squirrels are fun, but Mommy has the tennis balls and the treats. I want to play with her!!
Thanks, everyone for stopping by and commenting yesterday (and everyday!) I love to share ideas with you and help each other. This is a great way for us to connect. After all, Mommy does not like it when I stand outside and bark to get your attention.