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2scompany
21:27:58 Tue
Jan 9 2007

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Walking Tips

I am the proud owner of molly & sasha (popular names), beautiful 5months old white boxers, lovely to walk on their own, however when out together, a nightmare, always trying to be in front of one another and trying to fight.
If my husband is away working, I have to take one out at a time, very good exercise for me, I agree, but also very late when I eventually get in. Be grateful for any suggestion. My babies are both girls from the same litter which I don't think helps

  
nickys_boxers
21:32:40 Tue
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have you tried a walkeeze harness? this will help stop the pulling
Also if they are fighting, might be best to start walking them seperately
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SashasMum
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:hello: and welcome!

Aww two white girls - cant wait to see photos of Molly and Sasha! (I have a Sasha too!)

Sounds to me that they are still sorting out who is top dog and both want to be in the lead to be the boss?

Harnesses help because they give you more control.

Perhaps this will sort itself out in time, once they have sorted out the pecking order? (Mind you, if you go by that theory - they should be following you!! :respect: )

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gingerboy
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Try a Halti, personally I have found them to be great. Don't use them much these days other than on Molly my brindle from time to time. Tasha my deaf white is superb on the lead.

They will get better with age, have you got them in training classes?? Probably one of the best investments is a well established training club for your two pride and joys.

Good luck

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Jakes_mum
19:11:15 Wed
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Heskey pulls like a tank if we are walking with other dogs on the lead and will try and get a sly nip in if he can. I use a gentle leader (which is very much like the halti) and it has solved all the problems, as he can pull if his head isnt going in that direction, and cant nip if he can turn his head to do it! Infact we are now getting to the point that he is walking reasonably well with out it!

Liz

  
Katiesnowflake
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Welcome - look forward to photos. If they are naughty I find the best thing to do is just "stop" and make them sit [ignore them unless they get out of the sit" for a few mins]. Dogs like children hate to be ignored. Walk on - you may find your walk is rather long and interupted as this does take time but eventually they will get the idea of how boring it is to keep stopping and much better to behave.

Look forward to pictures.

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2scompany
12:02:57 Wed
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thank you everyone for the feedback, I might try this harness and see how I go, can I ask for some tips with something else, you will be thinking these are two nightmares but they are really lovely. They are noramlly crashed out about 8 and they go off to bed which is a recess (use to be cupboard) minus door. I have not much left of the lower door frame, so chewing is my problem, no good leaving a chew toy out as they are quite posessive with toys, I know they are still very young at 6months almost but I feel the longer they are allowed if you like to chew this area, they will be thinking it is okay. I have never thought to crate them due to lack of space for two crates, greatful for any feedback

  
Katiesnowflake
03:00:56 Fri
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All puppies chew - part of growing up. It can also be a sign of boredom so I would increase their exercise - more tired they are the less they will want to chew. However I am a great believer in not too much exercise before they are 12 months to allow young bones to grow and form properly. Mental stimulation is another way - start by hiding favourite treats where they can see them and progress over couple weeks to hiding things over the house/garden and then sending them to "find". Dogs love this exercise. It not only exercises them mentally but there is some form of physical exercise as well but make sure you are around - dont leave bits of food around for them to quarrell over.

You could also try smearing a thin layer of mustard over the chewed areas then spinkling some white pepper on top - pepper powder will cling to the mustard - just watch they dont lick it off - some dogs have odd tastes!! It wouldnt do them any harm but not nicest thing for them to lick.

Helen

  

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