Anyone have any experience training a dog?
I recently adopted a Black Lab from the Humane Society. He is 4 years old.
The history, and physical abuse, of our new family member indicated that he was tied up in a yard using a metal chain that eventually caused an open wound and infection in his neck. For this reason we use a harness and not a collar when we walk him.
We are very careful on how we treat the dog. We only use positive reinforcement, and he is now doing much better. We love our dog, and consider him a member of the family.
The only problem we are having is when we walk him, about five times a day. He fears strangers, which can be expected, but also "pulls" when my wife walks him.
My wife is small (5ft) and she finds it difficult to walk the dog when it is pulling forward. We use an extendable leash, but we live on a city street so it is safer if the dog stays close.
Sorry for the long story, but any advice would be appreciated.