Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Driving me up the wall!!
Okay, so Abby is now 4.5-months-old. She is probably 20" at the shoulder and weighs close to 30lbs (if not more). I've been working on her commands and she now has a 100% "sit" (even at a relatively good distance), 98% recall, and about 40% "down". She knows "inside" and "outside" and is 100% on both, she knows "out of the kitchen" and is 100% on that, and is about 95% house trained (she wakes us in the morning to go out, but sometimes she has an accident because we are slow to get up).
There are two areas we're having trouble with and they are starting to drive me up the wall.
The first is her leash manners...or lack thereof. She pulls constantly. We've tried attaching the leash to her flat collar and we've tried a choke chain. Either way, she pulls until she's wheezing and gagging herself. She doesn't pull forward, though, she pulls out to the side. She'll be pulling, then she'll suddenly zip to the other side (I walk her on my left) and pull that way. I direct her back to the correct side...and she starts pulling again. I will stop at random and make her sit, which she does, but as soon as I walk off again, she's back to pulling like a sled dog on crack.
The second issue is somewhat connected. She is beyond attached to Cash. When we're walking, she freaks if she's more than a couple of feet from him in any direction. If you take her out of the yard, but not him, she freaks and becomes VERY clingy.
I'm planning on getting her enrolled in a puppy class as soon as I can find one that's not at Petsmart or Petco, but I want to try to work on both these issues in the meantime.
So, ideas? Suggestions? Save my sanity? Lol.
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