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Weekly Topic Inspiration: Dog Leash Training

  1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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    Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago

    Happy Tuesday, Hubbers! Dog lovers, gather ‘round.

    Has your dog ever tried to bite her leash or drag you along at her pace during a walk, instead of yours? Does she fight the collar or try to chase other animals? What techniques and training methods do you use to curb those bad habits? Share your advice and experience for our new Topic, Dog Leash Training.

    Ideas for exceptional Hubs include instructions for training dogs to stop pulling or biting the leash, explanations of the most (and least) effective leash training methods, and tutorials on maintaining your dog’s good behavior during a walk.

    P.S. I would LOVE to see original photos of your pets for your Hub this week!

    NOTE: Please keep in mind that the WTI is meant to focus on a new Topic each week, and that submitted Hubs should be written FOR that Topic. This week’s is Dog Leash Training. If you’ve already written a Hub specifically in the Dog Leash Training Topic, please feel free to share it, but the WTI thread is not the place to self promote your old anything-dog-related Hubs. It’s about creating something new together.

    To join in on this week's challenge by writing a Hub, follow these steps:

    1)    Stop by this week's Weekly Topic Inspiration Question.
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    A. Creating a title that is short and descriptive, matching what someone would type into a search engine when looking for information on the subject.
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    If you missed last week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration, you can find it here.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hey everyone, thanks for participating! Check out this week's new WTI here: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/111478#post2373118

  2. Simone Smith profile image90
    Simone Smithposted 3 years ago

    As a very, very unskilled dog walker/handler/person, I am intrigued to see what tips Hubbers have to share! big_smile

  3. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    A true story...

    At this very moment there is an extremely vicious, very large dog in my neighborhood. This dog is chained or leashed outside most of the time; I'm not sure which as to whether chained or leashed. Anytime anybody walks by, this dog goes absolutely berserk, not just barking, but absolutely slavering; and tries with everything in its power to break loose and attack whoever is walking by. It is not a matter of if the leash/chain/bolt/hook breaks; it is only a matter of when.

    If this topic falls within the WTI parameters, and somebody wants to write a hub addressing this issue; I will print it and give it to the dog owner and/or the relevant PTB that can do something about it. Seriously, somebody is going to get severely mauled or maimed sooner or later.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Oh heavens, that's no way to leave a dog, and it's a danger to the neighborhood! I'd recommend calling Animal Control in the meantime, paradigmsearch. You can do so anonymously and you might just save someone from getting hurt.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        You are right. Next time I see the dog outside, I guess it will be time for me to become proactive on this issue.

    2. agilitymach profile image99
      agilitymachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Chaining a dog actually increases frustration - and thus aggression - in dogs.  Animal behaviorists strongly discourage chaining or tethering dogs.  Dogs should be kept behind secure, escape proof fences to help diminish aggression.  Some more progressive cities have ordinances against chaining dogs.  You might check to see if your city has such an ordinance.

    3. Austinstar profile image78
      Austinstarposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Other than that, I would carry a spray bottle of vinegar when walking by to discourage that behavior.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    On a separate note... I am amazed at the number of people who want to keep hate-filled animals in their home. Believe it or not, this particularly applies to many chihuahuas. When it come to that breed, I have never seen so many hate-filled critters. I don't get it. Oh, well. Leastwise don't have to worry about getting maimed, just bitten. And before I get buried by pro-dog folks, I am one of them.

    There might even be a lazy dog breed in my future. big_smile http://habee.hubpages.com/hub/Lazy-Dog-Breeds

    Most dogs are sane. I am just amazed at the number of people who keep dogs that aren't. Seriously, whatever the breed, if the dog is filled with hate, get rid of it. Otherwise, it is just plain bad karma.

  5. Austinstar profile image78
    Austinstarposted 3 years ago

    A better topic might be, "How to deal with people who don't know how to treat pets correctly."

  6. barbat79 profile image74
    barbat79posted 3 years ago

    I trained my large dog as if she were a horse....lol its true..i make clicking sounds and use her lead as directional as well as a nice flip of it to mean "you can cross now"   I may write an amusing hub on this one.

  7. barbat79 profile image74
    barbat79posted 3 years ago

    I also taught them all hand signals   for water and out and food   also happy    It is a one of a kind of cross training  I am not sure professionals would agree with   lol

    1. agilitymach profile image99
      agilitymachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      As a dog training professional, dogs actually respond to hand signals and non-verbal communication MUCH, MUCH better than verbal communication.  Remember, dog's communicate almost exclusively non-verbally.  They watch us like hawks for the slightest non-verbal signals.  My boys will respond to a pinky movement. smile  So, yes, hand signals are, in my book, a must for dog training as it will reach the dog where he is at better than voice.  And as for the leash, as long as your dog understood it and it was trained via positive methods, it's all good!! big_smile

      1. barbat79 profile image74
        barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Wow  thank you afilitymach!  I appreciate knowing I am not all silly  LOL
        I love love love my dogs and they know it!
        They each have several nicknames and their own special "theme" song...When I talk to the big one as she walks and I sing to her she curls her tail more and holds her head up high. 
        One sunny day, I was walking her and wearing sun glasses and she is trained to stop at any new road before crossing...I couldn't help but be proud of her and laugh at the same time since I found out a lot of people thought she was a seeing eye dog!   I adopted her from a couple that was moving   She looks like a white husky mostly. 
        I am amazed yours respond to pinky movement!    I will look to see if you write a hub.  I would find it interesting!   take care!

        1. agilitymach profile image99
          agilitymachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          LOL!!  I have "theme songs" for each of my dogs too.  I know others who do the same thing.  My boys like to be sung to as well, and even my hard of hearing boy likes it when I get next to his good ear and sing.  I won't have time to write on the weekly topic unfortunately.  It's hit me on a busy week.

          1. barbat79 profile image74
            barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            oh lol  You are cracking me up!  I so enjoy the fact that someone else sings to their dogs. People I know don't.  I am disappointed, however, that you won't be able to write a hub!  Oh darn   Maybe you can in the future!   Thank you, I think you made my evening on hubpages!!!  Take care! SAY, maybe I should do a video hub with me singing theme songs to my dogs!  Just kidding!  BFN

            1. agilitymach profile image99
              agilitymachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I think you should write a hub on how to sing to your dogs.  Do a little research on how music affects dogs and bam - a very unique and probably no much covered topic. smile

              1. barbat79 profile image74
                barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Interesting...mmm   It is almost like singing to your baby or reading to your children..it keeps the pack happy and keeps their mind active
                We are the leader of the pack  Dogs think of us as one of them.
                I think of one of mine in particular like a monkey   I will have to think that one over.  One of my Jacks makes a little hug groan  He actually hugs around my leg and when I put my arms around him or scratch his chin he kind of grunt/groans.   Dogs are amazing!   I am looking for your next hub!

              2. Christy Kirwan profile image
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                Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                agilitymatch, it sounds like you have a lot of great knowledge to share on this Topic! If you don't have time right now, you can always write a Hub on an old WTI even after a new one has been posted, so please feel free to come back to this Topic and write one later. smile

                1. barbat79 profile image74
                  barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes! I would love to hear/read agilitymatch's hub for sure!!!

              3. barbat79 profile image74
                barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                @agilitymatch, please write a hub about your songs for your dogs too!  I will.
                I would love to hear your versions of songs!

                1. agilitymach profile image99
                  agilitymachposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  That sound fun barbat.  I will have to think about it.  It's good to know the inspiration topic stays open for a while.  I will have to consider that too.  So much to write...so little time!!!  Thanks guys. smile

                  1. barbat79 profile image74
                    barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    smile

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      barbat79, I would LOVE to read a Hub on your "horse training" method! It sounds really unique and original!

      1. barbat79 profile image74
        barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I will try it out..I am not a professional trainer, but a "mother" of children and love my dogs.  So my methods came out of necessity and instinct.  Thank you Christy for your comment and encouragement.   I will take it on as a challenge!

        1. barbat79 profile image74
          barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          smile

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    barbat79posted 3 years ago

    Hi!   Here is my contribution...

     
    http://barbat79.hubpages.com/hub/A-Hors … larger-DOG

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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Great Hub, barbat79! Kiki sounds beautiful, and I really like the part about rewarding her good behavior with love and attention.

      1. barbat79 profile image74
        barbat79posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you very much, Christy!  She is an awesome beauty and sweet.  I love writing about my dogs.  They are incredible creatures.  Oh they get so much attention from me and individual time.  When my Jacks are sleeping, Kiki is with the family (with me) watching TV or listening to music and getting her belly scratched and petted and brushed.  She moves to get scratched where she wants you to. They are majestic dogs.
        I will need to write another about what happens to her coat as it gets warmer! Omg.   Talk about fur! Imagine it floating away in tufts like dandelions.  I call them Kikilions! smile   Thanks for your encouragement! I wound up writing it!

  9. Brett Winn profile image86
    Brett Winnposted 3 years ago

    It's pure coincidence that I saw this, but just last week (inspired by all of the sad stories in the media about dog bite fatalities) I wrote this hub: http://brettwinn.hubpages.com/hub/How-D … al-Attacks

    You might want to print it and put it in their mailbox. It's written from the perspective of how to avoid suddenly finding yourself in prison for having harbored a dog that escaped and did the unthinkable.

    I hope it helps ... and you should take every precaution to be pro-active and safe. This is nothing to take chances with!

    Best wishes!

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      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Good Hub, Grett Winn! It sounds like the kind of advice paradigmsearch's neighbor could really use. Sadly, I think some people don't even realize their dog is a danger to others either because they're in denial or because the dog is friendly and loving to them.

 
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