It may startle strangers when he bounds towards them, but you know he’s all soft inside. He’s your big, lovable dog and you wouldn’t swap him for the world. His size does mean, however, that he can’t sit on your lap while you watch TV. It also means he eats a tremendous amount of food each day. But the real drawback of his size is that taking him out for a walk can be somewhat of a nightmare. He’s so strong that as soon as he sees another dog, he pulls you half way across the street.
Training him not to pull will only bring benefits. No longer will you have to worry about being pulled to the ground and injuring yourself. Also, you won’t have to worry about him charging into a road and causing a serious traffic accident, maybe even losing his life. Not to mention, instilling this discipline into him will make it easier to teach him a range of other commands too.
Training any dog not to pull is difficult. But with large dogs, it is particularly challenging. His size and strength mean retaining control is simply not easy. Therefore, you will have to be strict during training. You will use obedience commands to bring him in line. You will also have to appeal to his rather large belly to motivate him not to pull. In addition, you will have to take steps to prevent him from pulling in the first place.
If he’s a puppy he should be keen to please. This means you could see results in just a week or so. However, if he has years of pulling under his collar, then you may need a couple of months before training proves successful. If you can get this right, walks will become leisurely strolls with your canine companion, free from stress and shoulder injuries.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few items. Due to his size, a body harness is a good idea. This will reduce strain on his neck while increasing your control. You will also need a short training leash.
Stock up on mouth-watering treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. Cheese also works well. You can conduct all training when you are out on your daily walk.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!
Hello, I'm having a problem with this large dog jumping - while teaching him to walk on a leash or while playing. He does a lot of damage with his nails and teeth and stops lessons prematurely
Yes, I can see this happening as the Great Pyrenees is a strong dog. Look for a dog trainer near you and start lessons as soon as you can. Group lessons typically are not expensive and well worth the time and effort. Shane will benefit from the lessons because he needs direction and leadership and will be a happier dog when he has it. I would turn his walks into fun but structured training sessions. Try the Turns Method here:https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel. Shane will learn a lot and be well behaved on walks. As for the jumping, try the Step Toward Method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump. Work on these until you find an obedience class to join. With training, you will enjoy Shane so much more. Good luck!
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