2 Questions, Melbourne VIC
I own a male, desexed 6yr old Border Collie cross. I've only had him a few months, and he's brilliant with almost everything. 1. When he's out and I have the leash on his collar, he pulls ridiculously hard. If I wasn't wearing my seat belt, he would pull me out of my wheelchair. When his halti is attached to the leash, he insists on walking directly in front of me, but walking sideways. If I wind the leash around my hand so he can't walk in front, his butt swings out and I've been told a few times I'm torturing him by holding him so tight. 2. How can I help him with his seperation anxiety? The neighbor has called the police because I gave him some drugs before I went shopping, he said I drugged the dog as torture because Jack just kept whining. I still want to take him places, I would like a choice though.
Answer: 2 Questions, Melbourne VIC
Oh bother! Right. I think you will defiantly need the help of a good trainer with this one. Although a good general rule is, the closer you hold a dog, the more it will pull and the more of a 'hazard' it will become. I tend to think maybe a longer leash will make him a tad more manageable. What about a long extendable leash so he can have a good roam and sniff while under your control? Also take some treats when you go out on walks, she when he re-calls correctly he can be rewarded. Although defiantly look at finding a good trainer. Secondly, this is a shame about the neighbor!! When we adopted out Jimbo he had horrid separation anxiety and he had to be medicated. These things take time, try to encourage him to spend time alone outside by himself when you are home etc. Try to avoid paying to much attention to him when you return home as this feeds his worries and concerns.