my dog keeps pulling on the lead i have tried the stand still technique and the walk backward technique short lead long lead choke chain semi choke chain so far and no real massive improvement some days when hes full of beans he is just a determined puller and their is no stopping him also he is very aggressive towards other dogs ! how can i stop the pulling and also is their any way i can help him with his aggression to other dogs ?
Hello Jade, For the aggression I suggest looking online to see if there is a G.R.O.W.L. class within driving distance to you. A G.R.O.W.L. class is a class for dog-aggressive and dog-reactive dogs who all wear basket muzzles during the class and work on being desensitized and socialized with other dogs in a structured way. That class will likely also give you an opportunity to work on his heeling around dogs. For the heeling check out the videos linked below: Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo I generally do not recommend back clip harnesses or choke chains for pulling dogs. A back clip harness can actually encourage pulling (think about sled dogs) and a choke chain can damage the trachea because the majority of the pressure is on the front of the neck - choke chains are also difficult to use effectively. You want to use a device that either clips to the front of a harness so that when you pull back on the leash the entire dog's body has to turn, a gentle leader that turns the dog by turning his head to the side, or a correctly fitted prong collar which evenly distributes the force all the way around the neck (making it much safer than other collars even though it looks intense). If you use a prong collar look up how to fit it properly. they should be worn high on the neck behind the ears, with all of the prongs gently touching the skin but not digging in. If the prong collar is too loose it can hit the front of the trachea and is not very effective. Correctly fitting and using the collar lets you use minimal pressure with it. Also, a prong collar's prong should have rounded ends and never blunt. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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