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hoppsmom
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my new dog!

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Hey guys! I just adopted a new dog! This is my first dog that is actually my own! (My family has a labrador named Jack who I basically trained, but this one is mine!) He is a brittany/hound mix and he is about 1.5 years old! He has been through a lot and is housetrained and knows sit, high five, lay down, and a basic stay. However there are still quite a lot of things we need to work on together.

for one, he isn't really leash trained. He pulls... a lot. And trust me a 35 lb dog can pull me around when he wants to!

He is still with his previous owner who adopted him from the pound in the first place (she said she would keep him for me til I move into my new apartment). So I have only walked him a handful of times.

I plan on training him to learn to walk correctly. he has a choke collar, but i know that is a little harsh and i know there are mixed reviews on it. I don't want to pull him back on the regular leash because i know he will win that battle. I'm trying to clicker train him with it, but he sort of gets the clicker and will stop pulling sometimes and then ill click and give him a treat and then he starts pulling again. I try to turn around so he comes back to my side, and then i click, but i run out of treats fast! Someone mentioned the halti harness for training them not to pull, but I don't want to always rely solely on that. Is there anything else you guys might suggest?

Also, I am going to change his name from Dudley (which he knows and responds to, but I don't like it) to Hopps. Has anyone done this, and how fast did the dog pick up on the new name? Any tips on that?

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Also, I am going to change his name from Dudley (which he knows and responds to, but I don't like it) to Hopps. Has anyone done this, and how fast did the dog pick up on the new name? Any tips on that?
Welcome and congrats on your new dog! Others will chime in on the training stuff I'm sure, but we just adopted a new dog and changed her name to Pippa. This is a 3 year old and we "know" her name was Daisy because we have vet records. At any rate, we just kept using the new name and giving her little treats and LOTS of praise whenever she responded. I'd say she had the new name down in less than 2 weeks for sure. You might even want to try using both names at first, just to get him associating Hopps with Dudley. Then drop the Dudley part.
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Hi Hoppsmom....welcome!! Sounds like you are about to change your life, and you definitely will be changing Hopps life, for the better. We'll look forward to hearing more :)

For the pulling problem, you might better try the Sense-ation Harness rather than the Halti. Have heard many good reports about the Sense-ation harness, and it certainly makes a lot of "sense" to have control of the dogs body rather than just the head....the potential to do harm to the dogs' neck with the Halti is a consideration for sure.

Dogs don't seem to give a hoot what their name is. And so many of us call our dogs many names, what with all the nick names we employ, I'm fairly sure that dogs figure it out pretty fast. I'm with you, I too like Hopps better than Dudley :D

I know we have some members here that have used the Sense-ation Harness.....hopefully they will come on with some hands-on advice for you. And also other tips to help Hopps learn to be a gentleman on leash :)
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We used to foster. Some of our fosters came to us as strays so their history -- and names -- were unknown. We would use their new name in just about every sentence in their early weeks with us and they would pick up on it quickly. Hopps is a cute name.
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I use the SENSE-ation harness for my dogs. Love it. Keep in mind that it does not replace proper leash training, but since I was walking 2 untrained dogs at once (against my trainer's advice -- just the reality of time before work), it made my walks enjoyable again.

A couple of things to keep in mind -- the harness needs to be fitted and adjusted properly to be most effective. If you want to order one and are not sure about fit, call the company and they will help you with sizing. My trainer helped adjust the harnesses on my dogs when I got them, but the customer service folks can help with that too.
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Congratulations on your new dog!

I am not familar with the hardness and can offer no opinion on it. As for the name, my choice would be to keep the name the dog is familar with but as the dog's master, you have every right to give him a new name. Welcome to the boards and I am looking forward to your tales of your adventures with your new buddy.

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heres some pics of him!



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thanks for your guys responses! where do i buy the sense ation harness? Is the sporn no pulling harness from petsmart like it? Can I easily wean him off of the harness after some training and just use a collar and leash or will he always need the harness to not pull?
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Here's a link to the company site:

http://www.softouchconcepts.com/index.p ... on-harness

I'm not sure if you'll have to keep using the harness for life, but there are a few tricks to getting your dog to heel. One method would be to randomly drop treats under his nose when he is walking correctly at your side -- he'll learn that that's a great place to be!

There are lots of other tricks and methods, and you can do a search of this message board and learn a whole bunch.

Thanks for adopting!
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It may take a lot of work to get your guy to stop pulling. Don't give up and don't get frustrated (or at least try not to get frustrated). I always use a harness with my dog, (because its easier on her throat, neck, and spine). There are lots of techniques just google and you'll find video after video but it already sounds like you're on your way... treats when he's beside you, turn and walk the other way if he gets in front of you, or stop and don't move when he's pulling, walk quickly (my dog heels better if I trot then walk because its more her natural pace), be interesting and fun to your dog.

Personally I think the most important thing is to try to ensure that your dog is well exercised before you work on training. If he only gets out once or twice a day and is boiling over with energy and out of his mind with joy at finally -- finally doing something interesting,... its going to be very hard to get him to restrain himself.
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awwwww .... Hopps is a cutie pie.
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Thanks guys! I bought an easywalk no pull harness which I think is similar in make to the sense-ation harness... and wow! What a huge difference! Hopps took to it like a champ and the pulling has drastically improved... much less and when he does, he no longer pulls me around, he is only pulling against himself, which then he decides he must turn around in a circle (on his own, its actually quite comical lol) and he comes back to my side! I took him to the dog park today with it on him and he was so much better walking to the actual park area!

Heres one question though. So naturally Hopps LOVES the dog park and playing with the other dogs. How do I get him to come to me, or to at least not run away from me when it is time to go? Today I had my boyfriend with me and i just grabbed Hopps' collar when he was playing and gently led him over to the gate holding area thing and then had my boyfriend hold him so I could put his harness and leash back on him... but without my boyfriend it would have been hard, as Hopps still runs across the fence to see the other dogs and tries to get away from me so he can play again! Any suggestions?

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Treats!! Lots of treats!!! We've been teaching Pippa to come and she's very food motivated so makes it easy. We never leave home without tiny dog biscuits in out pockets and car. She doesn't get a treat every time (attention and praise should be a reward) but the element of surprise (and food) seems to be pretty effective too. In the beginning we had her on a 30' lead line so we could give her a tug if she didn't understand. It's also good to practice in the house and small areas like a fenced in yard.
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Cindy wrote:Treats!! Lots of treats!!!
I'm with Cindy... treats and practice (although Lola won't come for dog biscuits, I use cheddar cheese). Don't forget to call Hopps and give him treats often while he's at the dog park... Treats, touch his collar, then say "go play" and run with him or throw a ball or whatever he likes. If you only do it at the gate... he's gonna learn that "come" means the end of fun. You can do it while he's on leash too... if he's walking ahead of you say come and give'em a treat and lots of praise.

Also, give it time... its a tough one and while Lola is usually very good... she still has her own opinions and doesn't always come.
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