|Barked: Mon Apr 22, '13 1:07am PST |
|I taught Alva to pull in husky harness. I started by walking her harness on and then I attached a line with a weigh in its end (water bottles in a bag) to the harness and walked her on grass. So she got used to the feeling. It is very important to start with a weigh that stops as the dog stops - something you can control or that doesn't slide on the ground.
Next I told her to stay and put some treats into a box. This box was some meters away. Then I encouraged Alva to go and eat the treats, I also used the command to pull. At first I walked beside her, but then I left behind her. I wanted her to learn that it is ok that I'm behind her. Then I faded the box. In the beginning she only ran a short distance and started then looking for her rewards but she soon learned to run without stops when I just told her to continue.
I also practiced stop and direction commands on walks.
Alva has always walked fine on leash and she has not confused THE Harness with any leash walk device. Though the beginning of the training was a bit confusing for her because she did not understand that it was now allowed to pull and press against the harness. But she is an easy-to-train dog and soon caught it.
We had to quit pulling for health issues.
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