Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
I lead Rookie in both for morning and evening feedings...even if it's just with a rope around his neck. When he started getting pushy when coming in, I got a broken broom handle and held it under the arm that I hold the lead rope with. When he started trying to drag me or step in front of me, I'd give him a couple of smacks with it in the chest area. He couldn't see that I was doing it because of the way I was holding it. It didn't take him long to learn that dragging me or trying to go in front of me is definitely not a good thing. Every now and then when he tries to revert back to old habits, I simply do it again.
Rosie on the other hand, walks in calmly behind Rookie,without the lead, and goes straight into her stall and starts eating. I ALWAYS put her grain in before letting her in because of her "digging to China" habit that I can't seem to break.
I would never hit them in the head or face with any object while teaching them something though. One of the weekends I was gone, the BO hit her in the face with a wooden spoon because of her pawing while waiting for the grain. She was head shy for the next month. Although, I would give a quick firm slap on the nose if one were trying to bite me.
Honary "HFA" member...That's right, I'm admitting it!
BTW....That's NOT rain on your windshield!!!!