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Message started by Rat Man on Jan 10th, 2019 at 10:56pm

Title: My Woes Continue
Post by Rat Man on Jan 10th, 2019 at 10:56pm
    I was on a really good roll.  I had been dieting since late February and lifting weights since mid July along with daily dog walking and bowling.  On November 5th my knee began malfunctioning for no apparent reason.  Then of course my bowel obstruction in December.  The week in the hospital had an unexpected benefit.  From being off of my feet my knee started to feel a little better.  I was going to bowl last Sunday for the first time in weeks and on Monday I planned to take Pandora to the off leash park for the first time since late October.
    Sunday afternoon roomie Mike's two daughters were over so we decided to group walk the dogs.  I ended up with Pandora who is the worst on group walks.  She was being bad and pulling a lot.  When we got to the edge of the woods there was a patch of very slippery mud.  Pandora pulled again causing my right leg to very quickly slip forward. As my body followed, my left leg ended up underneath me with my left foot bend completely backwards hyper extending my already questionable left knee. 
    I'm hoping it will heal and I can postpone that inevitable knee replacement for a few more years.  I'm pretty badly hobbled right now and can't bend my left knee much. 
    I was on such a good roll. I actually felt like I was cheating old age a bit.  Not so much now.  I'll bounce back though. It's what I do.  Though Pandora was on my poop list for most of Sunday I have forgiven her.  She's always been an ass. She can't help it.

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Title: Re: My Woes Continue
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jan 12th, 2019 at 8:55am
you need to get a halti/halty

Basically it slips over the end of their muzzles and gives you control of their head.

What i find with people with huskies and malamutes is they use a body harness - thus letting the dog have the maximum ability to pull and you the least amount of control over them .

Pretty much all our dogs use a head control device of one make or another.
https://www.amazon.com/Company-Animals-Collar-Adjustable-Training/dp/B00EQ3423I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547301230&sr=8-1&keywords=halti
Think dream has  a gentle leader and phoebe has something a little different. https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Gentle-Leader-Collar-Training/dp/B00074L4W2/ref=pd_cp_199_2?pd_rd_w=pRVyR&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=RED74Z14X92ZE5CGG65H&pd_rd_r=8358c89f-1671-11e9-b9e9-af96e38d5dd6&pd_rd_wg=yNz1x&pd_rd_i=B00074L4W2&psc=1&refRID=RED74Z14X92ZE5CGG65H
Dogs adjust pretty quickly, and it's amazing how much difference it makes. 
They both just slip easily over the head and muzzle, seconds to remove and fit.
Wouldn't be without them now :-)

Title: Re: My Woes Continue
Post by Rat Man on Jan 12th, 2019 at 9:18pm
It might be worth a try, c_a.  I get stubborn and keep trying training methods that have always worked for me in the past.  The Huskies are 4 1/2 and I'm making no apparent progress so it might be time to try something different. It's frustrating. My last two packs were both made up of big, strong dogs and I was able to group walk them with very little difficulty.  These guys are thick headed.

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