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    a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    I've had my dog for about 1 year now. He's been a pretty good dog, all things considered. Only minimally destructive, nothing to cause any heartaches.

    He's always had trouble with loose leash walking, and we've tried on and off to make a stronger effort on training him, but he's still only ok. He doesn't pull too strongly, but doesn't walk nice either.

    I'm more concerned about my behavior though. The last few weeks, I've been less patient with him, and when he pulls a bit more than usual, I pull back, kind of angrily and kind of hard.

    Upon reflection, that's probably not a good way to behave. Decipline or correction is one thing, but I shouldn't be angry while doing it, then it kinda borders on abuse.

    I don't know. I don't feel like I love him less, but I do feel less patient. How do I get that back?
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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    I know the feeling...just gets utterly frustrating at times when the dog/pup just doesn't get it! Usually when I reach the point of losing my cool with my dogs, I redirect myself and start researching different methods to use to get the behaviour I want. It provides me with a new challenge and restores a bit of the fun of training.
    Good luck!

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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    It's frustrating, isn't it? Over and over and over and he doesn't get it. you must be a good person to recognize what you're doing. That's good

    First, make sure you're not stressing about other things on walks. Then practice calming techniques: count to 10, think of pleasant things, breathe normally, untended your muscles.

    Spend more time playing with your dog so you remember his good qualities. Remember, you are in control of you. You can stop this. And you will.
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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    I know the feeling. Barely 2 months but I've found myself the last 2-3 weeks giving Jax a little bit of a pop on the back of the head from time to time, or raising my voice on occasion. Things that the first month I definitely didn't do, despite the fact that he was a bigger mess of a handful. He's calmed down with me now (he's maybe 8-10 months old btw, but don't think he's gotten a whole lot of attention the last few months before I got him) but when he acts up, such as at the park trying to twist and get his own leash, which sometimes leads to jumping into me, which leads to trying to playfully bite my hand/arm as I'm really just trying to get untangled or regain control. So while he's gotten better overall, when he acts up, it's almost in a bigger way, which leads to a little more frustration with me because he's acting up in different ways than he first did, as well as the fact that I've just grown to expect better behavior from him because it's usually what I get.

    The only thing I can really suggest is a lame answer, but just kind of look back at yourself and find that "motivation" again, however you may see that happening. I begun trying to teach Jax a few more things, and just making certain I don't make excuses for getting him out and playing/exercising (good for him, as well as motivation for me simply to get out and do what I need to myself). And yeah, the biggest thing really is simply that you have noticed it yourself. Can't fix what you don't know.

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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    Like others said, just recognizing your behaivor is the first step. I was getting frustrated with my dog because she go nuts for people on bikes so I started carrying a few treats in my pockets to redirect her and it has made a world of difference.
    Just reward your dog with a treat when she does something right and I think it might help.
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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    Quote Originally Posted by L Kathryn View Post
    I know the feeling...just gets utterly frustrating at times when the dog/pup just doesn't get it! Usually when I reach the point of losing my cool with my dogs, I redirect myself and start researching different methods to use to get the behaviour I want. It provides me with a new challenge and restores a bit of the fun of training.
    Good luck!
    I was experiencing this too & did exactly this ^^^ & it worked! I still get a tad frustrated sometimes but not to the extent I was.

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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    You might just need a short break.

    Do you have any places around that do "board and train"? Basically, that is just what it sounds like- you can board your dog with a trainer for a few days and the trainer will work on whatever specific issues the dog needs to improve on (like leash walking) and then when you pick the dog up, the trainer goes over the commands and signals the dog has learned and shows you how to keep up the training. You'll also probably find that you miss him quite a bit for those couple days and that will help you remember all the fun and not stressful parts of dog ownership.

    Ask around for recommendations and meet any trainer before signing up for boarding and/or training.

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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    Do you ever do the weaving method with LLW? Instead of the 'stop and be a tree' method, you just change directions when the dog goes to pull? It worked very well for my dogs.
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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    You may just need a break, I think.

    If before you leave for the walk you are already on edge or don't feel like dealing with it, could you jump in the car and drive to a fenced in area to let him run?

    I also like the idea of board and train!

    Have you tried a front attach harness? (such as the easywalk by Premier)

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    Re: a kind of dog fatigue sometimes

    YOU didn't say what type of dog, if he's that prone to pulling you might also think about doing a pulling sport such as bikejoring, skijoring or weight pulling perhaps burning his energy another way would be better for him and more fun for both of you.



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