Being a Tree

Wow.. I must say working with Faith is a lot of fun. I took her out on a leash today to see how she would be. My husband says that when he took her to the vet (he had them look at her spay scar, it was oozing puss and looked red but it was just a reaction to the sutures) she was a nasty puller on the leash. And it’s hard when you must get somewhere and you don’t have the time to work… but we had some time to walk up and down the block.

She would pull, I would stop and be a tree. She would let the leash go slack, and I would walk with her. Tight… tree. Slack… walk. She got the idea really fast? On the way back she hardly pulled at all. I think just a few days of that and she’d be all better.

When I tried to do that with Chase, I could have been a tree for a whole day and he still would not have stopped pulling. He needed another method, and we found that. So it’s really fun to find what works for the different dogs!

12 thoughts on “Being a Tree”

  1. Mum’s tried everything with both me and Gracie – the only thing that works for us, is if she has food right beside our noses; and if we’ve walked a ways and just wear out, BOL!!! Gracie wears a harness now…..maybe when she gets a little more mature….

  2. Mum's tried everything with both me and Gracie – the only thing that works for us, is if she has food right beside our noses; and if we've walked a ways and just wear out, BOL!!! Gracie wears a harness now…..maybe when she gets a little more mature….

  3. Hi Rachel, I wrote about it here:

    Sorry about the long URL.
    Basically I throw the treat bag on the ground, and when he does look at me I click, have him touch my hand, then we go run to the bag. That way giving me attention still gets him a goodie and I don’t have to carry it around. We also do this with the toy instead of the treat bag. It’s the only thing I’ve found that works really well with Chase my goofball boy. 🙂

  4. Hi Rachel, I wrote about it here: http://wordpressmu-201160-605220.cloudwaysapps.com/2007/06/05/tuesday-night-t… Sorry about the long URL. Basically I throw the treat bag on the ground, and when he does look at me I click, have him touch my hand, then we go run to the bag. That way giving me attention still gets him a goodie and I don't have to carry it around. We also do this with the toy instead of the treat bag. It's the only thing I've found that works really well with Chase my goofball boy. 🙂

  5. Johann that is just how Chase was, too. Read my other comment reply to see what we have done with Chase. It has been working so very well!

  6. Johann that is just how Chase was, too. Read my other comment reply to see what we have done with Chase. It has been working so very well!

  7. One things that works with Gracie (and me too) is Mum teaching us ‘look’; and we have to look her right in the eye to get the click/treat. If Mum uses that on our walks, at training, at the agility trial, etc., we do pretty well. But when we want to walk – we want to walk!!! BOL! I think if Mum really worked on it more, we’d be better…..

  8. One things that works with Gracie (and me too) is Mum teaching us 'look'; and we have to look her right in the eye to get the click/treat. If Mum uses that on our walks, at training, at the agility trial, etc., we do pretty well. But when we want to walk – we want to walk!!! BOL! I think if Mum really worked on it more, we'd be better…..

  9. Yeah I am trying to have him understand when we just walk for fun, and when we walk with me. 🙂 I think it’s helping!

  10. Yeah I am trying to have him understand when we just walk for fun, and when we walk with me. 🙂 I think it's helping!

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