Every time I walk him at least three people will stop and say "Who is walking who?", I have to smile like I haven't heard that one before. I see people in their cars smiling and pointing at the crazy spaniel, I guess he looks kind of cute on his back legs. In reality it's not good for Dexter to be walking in such unbalanced way and it's not good for my arms!
In obedience class he does beautiful loose lead walking, but in the real world there are just too many people, interesting smells, and other dogs for him to want to walk calmly. I have consulted two different trainers to try to help; we have tried:
- Using a clicker and food rewarding him when he walks to heel. I have been doing this for nearly a year. I try to build up the distance between treats, but if the treats aren't constant he is back to the end of the lead.
- Stopping and walking in the opposite direction when he pulls. He jumps to my heel as soon as I stop, walks nicely for a few steps, then he is off again.
- One trainer suggested checking him, I just can't do it. Same goes for any kind of a control collar.
|Dexter modeling his new harness|