Ok so you probably all know by now that one of our dogs, Missy is a saint bernard, a very big saint bernard. Now I love taking the dogs for walks but I have had it up to here with her. I badly want to get a halti but do not have the money to with moving right now, I have tried slip chains and pinch collars, to no avail, many people have asked if they are placed correctly and as I've told them I had a girl I know who does 4-h and helps her mom train dogs show me how to place both collars. Neither work with her, she pulls until she is choking herself. Even on a flat collar she pulls until she is choking herself. In the end she drags me around and at times catches me off gaurd and trips me.
Now normally I take my 5 month old DD with me in her carrier which is where I am concerned. Missy has almost brought us both tumbling down and I just cannot trust taking her on walks while I have my DD with me. I want to be able to walk her and feel in control. I act as boss but she seems to challenge it. I don't know what to do, I had someone suggest making my own halti but I don't know what materials I would need or even where to start so I don't think it would be the best idea in the world. I know how to make collars and leashes but when it comes to something like the halti...I'm lost.
If I cannot gain control I am afraid I won't be able to walk her, the last time I did walk her (a couple days ago) I didn't take DD and she acted 10 times worse then normal and almost pulled us out in the middle of a busy road then later pulled me down and I hurt my ankle. She's not a bad dog, honestly but I don't understand what I am doing wrong. I KNOW how to teach a basic heal, I always make her sit-stay at the door and walk out before her but once we are out of the yard BOOM! Nothing seems to work. I have wrapped the leash up to make it short in the past and again she pulls until she's choking. This is not what I want.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Now instead of posting two different threads I also thought I would update on Bailey!
She is such a bright little pup and I really love her attitude, she has a lot of spunk but at the same time she is laid back and well behaved. Wish she would influence the other three. Anyhow 3 days after I got her she started warming up to my SD, she hasn't growled at him once since that first day. She has sat in his lap and even gave kisses, such a good girl. Now we do a newspaper route so here's what I've been doing about the paper thing!
We always have an extra newpaper so I've been rolling them up with treats in them and letting her tear in, it seems to have worked and now that big bad paper don't hurt her no more. She thinks it's play time when she see's papers now. Good...she only plays with them when I allow her to though...VERY GOOD. She has made fast progress, I'm very impressed