My dogs have terrible leash manners.
I love to take long walks through my neighborhood, especially in the fall and the spring when the temperature is perfect. Where we live it’s hilly but not too steep, so it’s a good aerobic workout without leaving us gasping for breath.
And I would love to take a dog with me, but I never do.
We have three dogs and only two humans. That means one of us, either me or my husband, has to wrangle two mutts at once. And leaving a dog behind causes all kinds of anxiety, jealousy and chaos.
Then I go back to my opening statement: There is no joy in walking a dog that yanks you all over the street and does not listen to a word that you say.
I know the answer is to walk them more often and teach them so they can learn, but I dread the battle so much I just usually opt to leave them at home.
Melissa Moo is probably the best walker of the bunch. She usually stays fairly close and doesn’t get too distracted. Coral is a sniffer/puller. Her hound nose goes to the ground (nevermind that she’s a SIGHThound) and she wanders all over the place. She also gets tired and whiny pretty quickly.
Stormy is the WORST. He gets so excited that he runs/sprints/pulls/jumps and can sweep me off my feet — I may have gained some muscle mass since I’ve lost weight but he’s still way stronger and now I have less fat to enhance my gravitational pull.
We’ve tried a gentle leader on him, but all he does is paw at his face trying to get it off.
I know that it takes practice and patience on the human end of the leash to get a dog to walk properly. I just don’t know if I have it in me.
Anyone else have a dog that’s tough to walk? What method do you recommend to improve the leash manners?