Words of Woofdom
My Sammy is now an adolescent and has started to follow his nose and as a result, he pulls on leash. My sweet boy has an unbelievable drive to chase things including leaves, rabbits, prairie dogs, and the infamous squirrels that love to tease him from the trees in the backyard. He gets so caught up in chasing, that he would probably run off a cliff trying to catch something. Needless to say, I am working with him. In working with him, I realized that, at times, I was losing my patience with him and not responding to him in a way that would help him understand what I was trying to teach him. As a result, my actions were hindering his learning of new behaviors. When I approach his training with focus and the intention of training and without emotional response, we accomplish great things. When I would feel his pulling has “ruined my walk,” my frustration impacted my ability to effectively teach him. The lesson here is take the emotion out of the training so you can teach your canine companion in an effective manner!