We’re definitely making progress on the loose leash walking. Today I walked him up to camp to get a top up for my phone. Walked him there on his harness letting him have a good old sniff in the grass. On the way home I switched him to his collar and he did fantastic. He spent most of the walk home by my side and kept glancing up at me. Went through quite a lot of treats but we’re still in the very early stages yet and it’s not exactly a boring walk for a dog since the whole way there there’s lots of grass with interesting smells. As time goes on and he gets more accustomed to what he’s supposed to be doing I’ll increase the time between rewards.
Then later on we went for a wander around the block to practise some more and let him have a pee. He walked beautifully for the most part. Then we saw another dog across the street. Now he doesn’t tend to lunge at them at that distance but he usually does get very pully for about 5 minutes after seeing one. He had a bit of a prance and a whine at this one but there was very little pressure on the leash and I was able to click and treat him the instant he looked away from it. We then continued our walk with a nice, loose leash. So, big progress considering we’ve only been at this for a week. He’s also offering it off leash in front of the flat. Obviously we don’t even try that on the roads though.
We had a horrendous day the other day ending in him diving in front of me and sticking his head down to sniff at something. He got a kick to the face and my not inconsiderable weight landing on top of him for his troubles. Thankfully both of us are unhurt but do you think it’s stopped him doing it again? Not at all. Guess it just goes to show how ineffective physical punishment can be. (I didn’t purposely kick him or fall on him by the way, it just happened too fast for me to avoid doing either)
I think I’ve created a monster though. This morning I dragged myself out of bed at some ungodly hour to take him out for a pee. Well he offered his lovely loose leash walking all the way to the bush and then when he’d finished he offered it all the way back. Coming through the main door he turned and waited for me to close the door instead of darting up the stairs to our door (something I’ve been working on), sat nicely to let my hubby go out then proceeded up the stairs to our door. Once inside he started offering me all the tricks he knows in an effort to start a training session. It’s great that he’s so enthusiastic about training but I am NOT a morning person. It’s about all I can do to get his lead on and get him outside when I first get up!