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Robert TNN    Posted 09-23-2003 at 18:59:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello everyone,I have a young male dog that was dropped at our place. I would like to keep him.I walk him every evening,he will pullyour arm off.And always markinh every thing,if I have him fixed will this help his behavior.Will it help keep him on our property. Thans for your information Robert Tnn

Paula    Posted 09-24-2003 at 05:11:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Having gone through the process of training 4 dogs I
can tell you (IMO) the best thing for a puller is a halti or
a gentle leader. The concept is that the harness goes
around the dog's face like a bridle goes on a horse.
Now when the dog pulls, it requires very little effort to
stop it because the fulcrum is no longer the neck (wich
requries much more work W) but the nose and where
the head goes the body follows. Because of this you
would more likely be inclined to retrain the dog to heel
because a session would not result in your arm being
pulled out of the socket.

With regards to choke chains and prong collars. I
accept that they are alternative methods but without
proper training they just hurt you and the dog and
nothing changes (god help you if you want to walk your
dog and you don't have your prong collar or choke
chain - then you're in the same boat).

For example, my new ridgie is 105lbs of 2yr old
adolescence. He has his CGC but when things are
more exciting than I, like when he wants to meet
another dog on a walk, he will pull. So right now we're
working through this and making good progess. We
start our walk on the halti, go through some excercises
(about face, down, sit, stay, finish, etc) and after a while
I slip the lead to his regular flat collar (leaving the halti
on his face) then eventually remove the halti all
together. These episodes when he's heeling on his
buckle collar get longer and longer. We haven't got to
the point were we start the walk on his buckle collar as
yet though.


ret    Posted 09-24-2003 at 04:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
It sure helped some of our dogs when they were fixed, they stay home now, and N Elkhounds are a natural roamer. And, got to put a newly neutered male in with his dad and brother real soon, ,dad is still a dog. Thinking a getting a cattle prod to straighten them out when I do, cause it won't be pleasant for awhile.

Maggie/Tx    Posted 09-23-2003 at 20:25:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The one thing about it that I know for sure is, if you don't have him fixed you can expect to have him disappear from your place for anywhere from a week to 10 days at least 3 times a year or more. And if he goes out chasing the girls, somebody might just get tired of it and shoot him. So, YES, having him fixed will HELP keep him home. You say he's young, so you might want to hurry before he finds out what all that stuff is good for. ;)

Dave Wi.    Posted 09-23-2003 at 20:07:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nuetering will reemove some aggresivness,but he'll still mark.For walking I would recomend a pinch collar,the collar has 2 prongs per link that will poke the dog in the neck.With this type of collar you dont have to jerk on it to get him to stop pulling,he'll pull on the leash and train himself.Had to get one for our 140# lab-shepard mix,he use to take my 120# wife for a dosey doe.

Willy-N    Posted 09-23-2003 at 19:24:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our dogs that are fixed still mark there teritory. But the fixed males tend not to fight as much with the other males. It will mellow them out some. Helps if they were done younger befor they figured they were a real male dog too. Mark H.

Sarah    Posted 09-23-2003 at 19:13:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes I am sure it will help alot, but I will not promise that it will totally fix the problem, If you havn't did so already, I would ask your vet what he (she) thinks! Alright?
I am glad you are being nice and responsible to takes someone elses responsibility.
I cant believe someone would dump a poor innocent animal out.
But I know it happens.
Thanks again, and GOOD LUCK. Please keep me posted on how it turns out!
Alright? Nite,Sarah

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