I tried the clothesline option (first at 25’, then longer), but found out that I can’t consistently stop 80 pounds of distracted, determined dog with a clothesline.
I didn’t want to give up, so thought that maybe a long leash was worth a try. Got a 100’ leash a couple weeks ago that I folded in half and tied knots in it every couple feet. Now my feet have something to step on with half a chance of stopping him and I can grab it if my feet aren’t working without taking fingers off.
We’ve provided a lot of entertainment for the neighbors. I’ve gotten some decent workouts in and some awesome agility training. Miles has enjoyed his treats.
He’s improved some, but I still feel like when Mr. Super Extrovert is distracted, I’m not even there. The neighbors were just out with their visiting “grand dog,” and I could barely hold onto him (even grabbing the knotted leash). I don’t have that kind of difficulty controlling him on walks/runs, but then he’s wearing a pinch collar or harness.
In the meantime, I’ve upped our general training, thinking this may be an issue. More “heel” time while we’re doing our walks (with treats, which seem to be helping him focus on me). Trying to balance that by using the long leash (still with him dragging it) to give us better play time in the yard since it’s longer than his tie out so I can throw balls further. I’m putting in an electric fence, but waiting until after mud season – I feel like he’d run right through it now.
I’m open to anything. We were in the fall obedience classes, but the last one was rescheduled and we couldn’t make it. Does it make sense for me to come to the last class of your current group? Try something else? Keep at it longer? Leave him for a week for training? (But I think I need the training as much as he does.)
I take him to the dog park a little less than once a week. There’s a good group of owners/dogs there a certain time of day, and I feel like it’s helped him learn good boundaries around other dogs, and keeps him well socialized. Is that unstructured play with other dogs working against us?
He’s made tremendous improvements in a lot of ways and is overall a really good dog with a great temperament. He’s 13 months, still bounds around like a playful puppy inside, not neutered, and 3/8 German Shepherd, 1/4 Great Pyrenees, 1/8 Husky and the rest “mixed” in case that helps. I’m laughing as I type this, since I’m guessing it doesn’t matter what HE is – I’m the one who’s not training properly. Any advice? Thanks very much.