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I gave up trying to train Tramp with a half-choke, and then a choker, and now we bought a Sporn No-Pull harness last week. He's doing alright with reminders when we keep him on a short leash, but I like to put him on the 16' retractable to 'do his business and the choker doesn't phase him.

I love the Sporn. Granted it isn't teaching Tramp to never pull (I'm hopeful though!) as he quickly reverts if the choker goes on, it is teaching him to not pull when he's wearing it!

I find it doesn't hurt him, but stops him or guides him by pushing between his shoulder blades and his sides (in his arm pits) and relaxes when he isn't straining.

My number one note to self from being owned by a Beagle... you can't train Beagles to heel in the same manner as most dogs! :thinker: And the nose rules the world! :doh:

We bought the medium hoping he would quickly grow into it... it's still a bit large at the moment but working. But... How much more will he grow now that he's 5 months old?







 

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I may have to look into one of these. Now that Duke has finished his shot series, we start puppy school next month and I'm hoping that will help.
 

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I tried useing a choker on Shiloh when we walked but ha would pull til he choked his self. So I was afraid he would hurt his self ! NO more choker!!
 

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I might have to look into that. I had to switch to a harness after Beasley kept choking herself with her collar. It hasn't helped with the pulling at all, but at least it saves her little neck.

We were working on Loose Leash walking in class on monday night and I just had to laugh...There isn't a whole lot of loose leash going on when Beasley is outside.
 

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I've heard lots of good things about the Sporn Harness. Jersey has a regular harness but still pulls for my aunt. She's going to be watching Jersey for me when we go on vacation next month and I wonder if this wouldn't help her. I may have to give it a try.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by LeeAnn:
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My number one note to self from being owned by a Beagle... you can't train Beagles to heel in the same manner as most dogs! :thinker: And the nose rules the world! :doh:
I am pretty sure you can in somewhat the same manner. I didn't have much trouble teaching the Bagel to heal. A choker collar works well to get them to sit when you stop but that is the only time I'd ever use or allow the Bagel to wear one and once taught, 9 years ago, I've never let him wear it again. A small piece of meat or cheese in your left hand will keep the nose and head up and teach the beagle to key on your movements. Dispensing the treat whenever you stop and the beagle sits properly will encourage this proper heal behavior quickly.

Once they learn what to do, hold the middle of the leash with your left hand with the hound positioned on your left, and give a crisp HEAL command, and stride off. I taught the Bagel a little over 9 years ago, we only polite walk (Heal) about 1% of the time. Bagel was an adult rescue and it took me about 3 weeks, working with him three trimes a week for about an hour each time.

I always make him sit, and do the above, the Bagel isn't thrilled but he does polite walk and now the only treat he gets is an ear scratch and a good dog when I am done.
 

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Thanks for the tips Bob /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Tramp is so handsome! Sporn (if that is the name of the company ...) should use your pictures as their publicity -- Tramp is a natural model. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 

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Quote: you can't train Beagles to heel in the same manner as most dogs! And the nose rules the world!
LeeAnn,it can be done just SOMETIMES it may take a little longer for a younger dog. Beagles get bored real easy and their minds starts to wander to other things. So a repeated lesson over and over sometimes won't work for a beagle. Sometimes you may have to treat the lesson like a game. Beagles love to play games so even a lesson that you vary a little will seem new to him and he won't start that bored look. Sounds like bob has had better luck with it and can probably tell you a lot . But beagles can be trained it just take a different "twist" to it. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif :thumbup:
 

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I love the Pictures; Tramp is a beautiful beagle :exactly:

I need to get a new harness for Molly this one looks very comfy especially under the shoulder.
 
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