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Unread 02-10-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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I was getting my dog ready for a walk and I had fastened a leather leash onto his collar. That leash has a loop in it so I can draw him up close when I need to, although having good command with the "heel" command is always a better idea. I took a few minutes after I put the leash on his collar, to get the rest of our stuff ready for the walk. In that short time frame he managed to get his dew claw stuck in the loop and pull it back, bending it backwards. I had to take him to the vet, and they had to sedate him and remove most of his nail, bandage it, and that was quite a process for a dog in pain. It would be like person having half their thumbnail cut off. Ouch. I will probably not use that leash again!
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Ouch painful I bet!! It may be best when you have got your stuff ready for a walk to put the leash on last or you could get that other leash you are on about Hope Frodo heals quickly now!
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ACCCKKK FrodoMom! Thank goodness he is ok. I used to use the chain leashes for all of our dogs. I switched over a few years back. Not for any reason except that they are lighter than the chain leashes. I never gave it a second thought that one of their nails could get caught in a link.

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I don't use that type of leash personally, but lots of people do for their dogs in my internship! I hope your doggy gets all healed up soon!

Teaching a focused heel can be super fun. I haven't taught it with much duration yet, but once I graduate and get to live with Oats permanently, it's something I def want to work towards I use it when Oats needs to focus on the walk, then I release him for loose leash walking to relax and as a reward for the good work.

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I learned early on that the best way to reinforce a "heel" is when the dog steps too far away the person should say "no..heel" and change directions to re-focus the dog. Sometimes while on a walk I will "get in the zone" and forget to do this, or not feel like changing direction. But it really does work. I also let him have some time out of heel but give a verbal correction when the leash gets taut. I think, like BigBoy said, if I use that particular leash again I will put it on him at the last minute when I have all our stuff ready to go.
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I learned early on that the best way to reinforce a "heel" is when the dog steps too far away the person should say "no..heel" and change directions to re-focus the dog. Sometimes while on a walk I will "get in the zone" and forget to do this, or not feel like changing direction. But it really does work. I also let him have some time out of heel but give a verbal correction when the leash gets taut. I think, like BigBoy said, if I use that particular leash again I will put it on him at the last minute when I have all our stuff ready to go.
You have hit the nail on the head FrodoMom it's the being consitant that helps it work better and like you say it helps the dog focus on you but it also helps if you are foucused on the dog too forget and the dog might forget too! Good luck
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Yikes, I've never used that kind of leash either, but never thought about a dew claw getting stuck and ripped. The leash I use now is a 6 foot nylon braided rope leash. One of the women at the canine club makes them and they're awesome. It's pretty durable, but I'm not sure how it'd hold up against a really hard puller. I've never had an issue with Tigger pulling since I've had him as a pup.
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