- 3 months ago
- Wedding: May 2021 - Orlando, FL
Hello! A few months ago I bought my s/o a German shepherd puppy that he wanted for so long. He is now 8 months old, very sweet boy, listens well and extremely obedient to both of us even though only my s/o trained him (I wasn’t allowed to because he wanted it to be more his dog than ours – childhood trauma I guess)
Anyway, the dog is amazing except for one thing. He pulls me so hard. I decided to take him to the dog park that is in our apartment complex and he was just pulling the whole way. I tried stopping him and standing there for a minute. For a split second after that he stops pulling, and then goes right back at it. Oh boy, when he saw other dogs through the gates….. he went crazy. I couldn’t keep up with him and I had to catch the gate to hold on while 15 pair of eyes are watching this free comedy show. It was so embarrassing that I cried. I did not let him go in the park – instead we turned around and headed home.
My s/o claims that he has no problems with walking him, which he does about 30% of the time (I guess we can split the dirty work, and not training), even though it’s “his” dog and he helped me clean “my” cat’s poop exactly 2 times. I think he doesn’t have problems because he is twice as big as I am. I need to so something about the pulling before this dog gets any bigger.
He gets like that when he sees people pr other dogs as well. However, when he actually is playing – he is always the best behaved dog out of them all.
All in all, I’ve tried stopping, standing there for a minute, making him do a trick before we proceed. I tried pulling him back and having the leash slightly loose but still close to me so that he doesnt have that pulling reflex, tried having the leash so short that he has no choice but to follow, i am petite and he just is easily 10 times stronger than I am. he also knows heal and follow, but only if there are 0 distractions around.
I grew up with East European Shepherds and we have never had those problems, even though this breed is really a GSD on steroids and actually way bigger
Any alternative advice?
PS: I am using a no-pull harness that clips in the front and is supposed to make them turn around in case they do pull.