• Daria Rylkova

    November 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Hi Yossi,

    yes, if she is still growing, you do want to be careful about running for long bouts at a time, especially on concrete. You do need to get her energy out though. You can also use a long line or flexi leash to give her some more freedom.

    When you’re outside, are you still marking and rewarding her for good leash manners, when you haven’t given her a command?

    One thing that can happen is that people wait for the dog to pull, to then correct and reward. I would spend more time on phase 1 leash manners, heel, and recall.

    It’s not uncommon for motivated dogs to pull through a prong collar, especially if they haven’t had enough training to learn that being near you is rewarding and that they get access to the environment by doing work (premack principle). For instance, you can ask her to look at you or do a brief heel, before allowing her to get to a tree she really wants to sniff.

    i would switch to a head halter or harness that clips in the front for now on walks and continue working on phase 2 in lower distraction environment when she’s gotten some energy out.