Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tug and pull

I walk the puppies at least three times a day.




99% of said walks are up in the woods behind our house. Hence, no leashes.




However, every now and then we venture out into the world as a family and Harpo and Scout need to be on leashes.




Sheesh. Teaching a dog to walk with a leash is painful. Torture really.




And they always manage to go where I don't want them to.



Thanks heavens for the woods behind my house.

-dana

14 comments:

Lillian said...

I am LOVING these pics of the puppies - especially the leashes:) My parents have two black long-haired dachshund sisters and they are the silliest girls in the world. I love seeing your pics of yours so teeny - they're so sweet!

~Michelle~ said...

I keep telling hubby that I want a doxie when/if we ever get brave enough to have a dog! Yours are so cute, totally not helping matters any ;)

Mom said...

It's a good thing they are so DARN CUTE

Birgit said...

Cute dogs! :) And you enjoy warm weather, huh? Here in Munich, it started to SNOW. Yes, SNOW. Argh! It's way too early... I couldn't help to notice the flip flops on your daughters' feet. I guess the flip flop days are over for the season around here... *sigh* Well, at least I got to see some cute dogs. :)

Hugs,
Birgit

Michelle said...

Cute cute dogs! We have bassets and we put Haltis on them to help with the pulling. One of our dogs HATES it, but at least my hands aren't red and raw after a walk!

LizA. said...

The pups are too cute. But I have two words for you "Clicker Training". I taught a 10 week old puppy at one of our campouts how to walk on a leash in 2 - 10 minute sessions. Karen Pryor is the master of clicker training
http://www.clickertraining.com/

amylouwho said...

you are really making me want to have a dog! They are so darling! I think I've said that before...

Salem Stitcher said...

I guess that's one benefit of living in the city. Shelby goes everywhere on a leash. She gets all excited when I pick it up. I try to pick it up a lot. I love that wiggly thing she does when she's really happy.

Sometime it doesn't take much to make me happy...just a little wiggly girl dog.

Lene said...

They are so dang cute with or without the leash.

Rafael's Mum said...

I second that Liza ! Clicker training can do wonders! not that my dog does not pull... but then again I suppose I do not always have the time for training! (and my dog is very singleminded!) but it is definitely worth a try Dana. Involve the kids, there is even a good dvd on the market called "clicker puppy". worth it!

4 BOYS ONLY said...

we have the same problem with our pups. They weigh almost 50 lbs though! We had to buy "halti's" for them it's a harness that lays gently across their nose but tightens a bit if they pull. They work great! But we too are very thankful for our 100+ acres of private, leash free land.

Kelsi said...

their little short legs with their long ears make for a tremendously adorable puppy. i love the photos!!

Anonymous said...

You might try watching The Dog Whisperer on television. He does great teaching methods for leash and walk training. He also has several books available, if the show is not in your area. His name is Ceaser Millan. He teaches from a knowledge of dog pack psychology. Teaches you how to be the "pack leader". Doesn't really whisper! Great show with lots of good info on how to treat many problem behaviors, even with older dogs.
Sharon

Anonymous said...

You might try watching The Dog Whisperer on television. He does great teaching methods for leash and walk training. He also has several books available, if the show is not in your area. His name is Ceaser Millan. He teaches from a knowledge of dog pack psychology. Teaches you how to be the "pack leader". Doesn't really whisper! Great show with lots of good info on how to treat many problem behaviors, even with older dogs.
Sharon