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April 08, 2005



We plan to start walking our friend's dog again, now that the weather has improved (we're cat people, and must resort to "rent a dog"). Jake is a big yellow Lab and also needs to take off some pounds. He pulls like crazy on the leash; am going to try your trick. Do you literally start walking in the opposite direction, or just turn and face that way to get their attention?

Cop Car

Bogie, I think that you should let your readers know the name of the business that you have on the side. I'm sure that they have read of your pet-sitting duties, but is there any reason not to let them in on the name of your business?

You have such a great understanding of animals. I'm always freshly amazed when you write about working with them. Your "Ho" is like my "No" from your childhood. After observing other mothers of young children who said "No" to everything that their little ones tried, I decided that "No" should be reserved for life threatening situations--to keep you and Dudette from dashing into a street, for instance. "Don't" worked for the more mundane things that I just preferred that you not do. I cc'd your posting to HH--AGAIN.


Jackie - it depends upon how hard they are pulling. If they aren't pulling too hard, I literally start walking the other way (I let my hand trail back a bit, while keeping up the pressure, so as not to jerk their necks).

If they are pulling super hard, I will just stand and face the other way - if I have to, I will make a noise, like clearing my throat, to get them to pay attention. Once they start my way, I will start walking the way I am facing. After jsut a couple times of that, they are more aware and lessen the pulling so I can use the 'turn and walk" method.


Cop Car - Actually, just as with my real name, there is no reason to bandy the business name around. My customers know how I am with animals and ask my advise on things from health care to training. Hmm, maybe that is an idea for a post.

I wish I could take credit for being an animal genious. However, much of my knowledge comes from reading about other's experiences (from novices to dog trainers).

Sometimes I have found that good old common sense is the best way to do things. Of course you have to look at it as common sense from the animal's point of view, not a humans. Fortunately, pets are very forgiving and tolerant of mistakes when we try to teach them as if they were human!

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