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Well my pup finaly got the idea about no pulling on the leash. I tried the halty face colar but it would not work on her she would just lock up her neck and pull me any way. So I tried Saskawas advice about lifting up on the leash. She wears a harness and a gentle tug would not work but when I lifted her off the ground she let out a yelp as I said heel. After that all I have to do when she gets in front of me is say heel she looks back at me and falls in place right away. I think a couple more times out and the pulling will be history.She does not like leaving the ground via me. She knew exactly what was causing me to lift her up. Toward the end of tonights walk the last mile or so she did not even atempt to pass my leg.
 

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I love it when you find something that finally works. ;D
 

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My pup does not pull any more at all. I tried everything and she got it through her head with a simple growl of frustration from me one day. We were out for a walk a while ago and she kept pulling despite my efforts to lift her as what worked in the past. Out of frustration I swatted her on the side and got down in her face grabbed her by the ears and growled at her as I looked in her eyes. After that she has not pulled even once. I guess you have to speek their language once in a while. Took her out tracking elk a few weeks ago. Man we were up in elk big time. I have this heard I have been occasionally checking on the see their where abouts. Things are looking promising for this fall. My pup seems to be learning how to hunt waterfowl and big game. I wish we could use dogs for big game here in Oregon. I think Ill have to leave her home when I go elk hunting as she has a nose for tracking them. I wonder what she is mixed with. I do know she is part lab but she appears to be mixed with some sort of trailing hound too. When she howls she bays like a hound that just treed a bear.
 

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Every so often you have to re-establish yourself as the #1 alpha dog, or as you put it so well, get down and speak their language. ;)
 

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All the work I put in to leash training has paid off. She stays by my side on leash and off leash. When she gets past my side ahead of me all I do is say heal and she looks back and falls in line. Thanks every one who gave me some advice.
 

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When hunting pheasants, we sometimes have to walk across some open ground like a wheat field to get to another waterway or field. The dogs always wanted to run ahead to get into the field before we were in range. This was before training collars.
We would throw a small dirt clod at them to get their attention and call them back. Before the end of the first season, they did really well staying at heel.

Its all about repetition.
 
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