My dog doesn't like my future roommate...

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Postby amalie79 » March 18th, 2011, 9:50 am

Was the harness you got from Kathy Cascade similar to this:

http://www.mekuti.co.uk/harness_shop.htm#pics
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Postby Tubular Toby » March 18th, 2011, 12:22 pm

Not quite (altho similar concepts!), it's actually just the type of harness that you can find at Petco pretty easily, so I'm sure other places have it too. It's like this: http://pet.imageg.net/graphics/product_ ... 2238dt.jpg but there is a loop in the front (I was looking at my roommate's harness from Petco and it's made the same way). This big difference is the leash. It's double snapped with a slightly larger snap that goes on the top of the harness and a smaller one that runs through the loop to the o ring on the other side of the opposite shoulder.

Here's the best picture I could find of it online-
http://www.caninesunlimited.com/TTouch- ... -WB-cc.jpg

She stressed when walking like this to use alternate pulls on the leashes to get the dog to stop, don't just maintain steady contact. I figure it's a lot like riding a horse, you're not supposed to just yank back steadily but gently ask them to stop alternating pulling on each rein with a voice command. When pulling on the top clip, she told me it's important to pull UP, not back (again, alternating short pulls). Pulling back makes them want to pull against you, but pulling up helps re balance. You also use your body language to communicate.
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Postby amalie79 » March 18th, 2011, 12:27 pm

Interesting. I have a regular harness like that with the loop. Maybe I'll try this. I've seen the double-clip leashes around. Sounds like it's the same concept as the one I linked to (but that one has special rings for those purposes).

Ugh. I am so bummed that I'm missing her workshop in June.
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Postby Tubular Toby » March 19th, 2011, 5:48 pm

I took Toby to a remote lake today where no one else was. My roommate also brought her dog, Tilly, along. Toby and Tilly play really well together, have never had a fight or anything, but as soon as the leash was on Toby and Tilly was on hers in the house, and my roommate was talking to Tilly, Toby started barking at them. Not aggressively barking, just barking. His concentration was easily broken, however, and he was fine.

When we got to the lake, I had them walk ahead. Toby was being an absolute pain, pulling, wanting to run everywhere. I kept making him stop and wait until he calmed down. By this time, Tilly was far ahead of us and he couldn't even see her anymore. After a few minutes, he was walking by my side like a pro for the rest of the walk (not sure how far it is). At the end, we came into the clearing and saw Tilly. Toby locked in on her a little bit, but I turned and walked the other way and gave him something else to do (sit, down, etc). After just a few minutes, he was standing near her, looking the other way, calmly. He really doesn't like to look at her too much, like we've noticed with other dogs. But I'd rather him look away than scream and yell!

Overall, it was a good day and good practice for him.
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