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Totem is almost 8 months old–almost 6 months post surgery. He is doing super well. Happy happy dog. Here’s my question.
He loves to go for walks now. I understand that tripawds walk faster than 4 leggeds, but Totem is dragging me down the path, straining to go as fast as he can, especially if he sees someone up ahead..anyone..any human of any size. I don’t know if he needs to walk at that pace in order to maintain his balance, or if he is just an energetic puppy who wants to go faster than I want to walk. Fortunately he is a little less than 25 pounds so he doesn’t literally drag me, but it is trying and tiring being pulled.
I just do not have the patience to turn the other direction every time he pulls and besides he couldn’t care less which direction we are going. I will make him stop for a few seconds, then say OK but he stills leaps ahead. I know he can walk slower, but not sure if that is really comfortable for him. He wears a harness…if he is leashed with just his collar he will choke himself straining to get ahead.
So, is this a tripawd issue or a puppy issue?
22 February 2013
So glad to hear from you and Totem!! We think about you voth often!
You’re eight on both counts. Tripawds so need a vit more speed for valance and mome tum. And Totem is still cery mich a pippy and I’m sure he thoroughly enjoys running full steam ahead!
I love that he will actually stop (good job), even if only for a few minites and then he takes off again. It’s a start!
Have you tried one of thos realky long training leashes? You can get them usually in the 25 ft length. He can run without pulling you and then when he reaches the end of the leash you have a bit of time to catch up without him pulling you…… maybe! Also MIT fixes you the chance to sort of pull yim back tomyou, yet he can still sniff around a bit because of the length
Another thought. Maybe before you take yim out for a walk, you can play fetch with him with a ball in the house. The point would be to sort of tire him out a bit before he goes for his “walk”.
Others will chime in. And again, it’s so good to hear from you and Totem!♥️
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
I love Sally’s idea about the long lead training leash. We had one for Wyatt Ray and it was really helpful not just with recall training but allowing him to get his yayas out without overdoing it.
The right kind of leash makes a difference. Wyatt rarely had a problem getting tangled in his as long as we held one end and used a nice, smooth, flat fake-leather leash. A nylon one we used to have got caught all the time. We got a smooth one that couldn’t get stuck in brush.