Fuzzy picture, I know. We were walking!
This story is a bit of miracle I must share with you. If you've never had a dog that pulls when you walk, you probably won't appreciate this post.
We adopted Remi a little over a year ago. She had terrible separation anxiety and she is quite bitchy at times. The problem is, she can be the sweetest dog I've ever had on my lap. She is smart and entertaining. And, challenging.
I love smart, entertaining, challenging dogs. And, men.
Over the winter, I took her to a couple of classes to see about getting her Good Canine Citizen's title. We didn't finish the class. To get her in the truck and across the parking lot was a) embarrassing, and b) exhausting. This dog
was is crazy. When I'd put a leash on her, she would pull so hard I swear she could pull a dog sled. Perhaps she has a little husky in her.
Recently I ran across a blog written by a woman who has 5 dogs. She is also a trainer and one of her posts addressed our problem. She suggested a few things I had not tried. I'm not a quitter. I already had a harness. I have hot dogs. I even have a clicker (one of those cricket sounding toys you get from the dollar store). I set out a little over a month ago with my tricks in hand. If I could just get around the block without her pulling my arm out of the socket I promised myself and her that I would get up every day and take her walking.
I am happy to report that for a couple of weeks now we have been walking around just one block. The trick to dog training is to go steady but don't skip ahead too fast or you might lose your dog's interest.
This week, I decided to skip ahead and today we completed our second 2 mile walk. Am I happy? Yes!
Have you had a great success recently? Tell me about it!