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February 22nd, 2009

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09:26 pm - House Training/Leash Training
 I was taking my pup out for a couple of days in a secluded part of my backyard, before we got him his leash. He was going outside in a pretty reliable fashion. Now that we are putting him on a leash (there is a Boxer across the way thar doesnt seem to like him) he is combative about staying outdoors to do his business. He is more focused on how annoyed he is by the leash than he is about going to do his business.

 I would rather stay firm on this issue than give in to what he wants, do you guys have any tips?

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Date:February 23rd, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Is your yard not fenced? I'm reading Cesar Millan's book Cesar's Way and it talks about leash training. He says that the best way to get your dog leash trained is to walk walk walk. Go for a walk before potty time. It's worth a try.

BTW, I've learned so much about dealing with my two Yorkies, Reggie and Roux, from this book. I've implemented several of Cesar's suggestions and I'm amazed at the difference it's made.
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Date:February 23rd, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Although I patently disagree with most of what Cesar says, I will agree with his stance on "walk walk walk."

Please be aware Cesar is known as "The Dog Abuserer" by a lot of trainers. Although you say you've found a lot of his techniques have worked with your dogs, please be aware that his methods can be damaging and leave your dog with emotional scars. Positive methods, such as are advocated by Pat Miller, Jean Donaldson, and Stacy Alldredge, are far more successful in the long run.
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Date:February 24th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)

I've not ever heard anything derogatory about Cesar. Nor about him being abusive. I find his calm/assertive technique extremely helpful.
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Date:February 24th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
This is what I mean when I say I've heard him called "The Dog Abuserer." I'm not making it up:


So what's the story on Cesar Millan(Dog whisperer)?
I heard he killed a dog and abuse dogs. Huh? Explain for me?

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Many of the methods Cesar Millan uses can actually kill a dog, although I do not think Cesar has actually killed a dog using them...at least not yet. The incident you are reffering to is probably the one reported by USA Today back in May of 2006, where a TV producer dropped his dog off at Cesar's training center and was called shortly thereafter with a report that his dog had been rushed to the vet. His dog suffered from damage to his esophagus as well as severe bruising. Supposedly it was not Cesar himself who was handling this dog but one of his employees. Regardless of who actually injured the dog, they did it using techniques recommended by Cesar Millan.

Unfortunately, abusive is often in the eye of the beholder in this country. I can guarantee if I went to my local dog park and whipped out half of the techniques Cesar uses on his show that people would come up to me and tell me what a horrible person I am for abusing my dogs. In the past, it was not uncommon for a trainer to recommend that a dog owner/handler "hang" the dog on their choke chain (pulling up so that the dog's front feet could not touch the ground). This is an undeniably abusive method of training and many of Cesar's techniques aren't really much different when you look at them closely. Other people see nothing wrong with using physical force such as hitting and strangling a dog if it's done in the name of training. That's not to say that all of his methods are abusive, but many of them are by modern dog training standards. I actually have to agree with him on some points (for example, I agree that most dogs that display problem behaviors do not get enough physical exercise and that many people coddle their dogs inappropriately, therefore creating behavior problems and making them worse).

USA Today article


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Date:February 23rd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
I live in Army Housing and our homes are set up in such a way that up to 8-12 units share the same wide open grass area. This is my first time owning a Yorkie, my last dog was a Lab and training him was so much different.

I will look into that book, thank you so much! :)
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Date:February 23rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
both my yorkies were the same way about leases as your pup, but as they got a little older they just kinda got better. it could be just a puppy thing.
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Date:April 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)

I am not yeta member of this community yet but wanted to suggest getting a harness and a 4' leash. Go for a lot of walks. Keep the leash short so that the dog has to stay close by your side, do not them walk way ahead of you. If he/she starts to get out of control (running ect..) you give them a "slight" yank and say firmly NO. If your dog is a puppy it will take some time, he will tangle you up in the leash at times,try to run ahead of you, be more interested in eating the leash then going for the actual walk..all of this will get better with practice & patience. I have been volenterring for animal shelters & fostering animals for the past 12 years. This method will usually work with any size dog once they see a walk as a good thing instead of a hassel.

*by a slight yank I mean a very small tug should suffice just fine. I also would not reccomend this method on a yorkie wearing a collar.

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