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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
It Is Blaze's Turn!
I have done a couple of trial runs of leash training in the yard to get a feel of what I need to do differently with her in order to create success. I've come to the conclusion that I need to use a no-pull halter for a while in order to help. I would prefer not to use one, but Blaze's drive, being that she's in training for pulling sleds, is powerful. Between her strength and wits she has more of an advantage than I do to get her attention and this is where the no-pull halter comes in.
I have used the no-pull head halters in the past and have gotten good results, the problem is I didn't really train her properly when using the tool. I was under the impression that the tool did all the work and that I would just walk her while she wore it. Although I didn't use the head halter with Chance, I got practice in teaching him commands and using consistency with him, that I feel I will help in my success with Blaze while she is using the head halter. I am deeming Blaze my summer project. I have already started the process with getting her used to the head halter, little by little. I am taking my time and not rushing into it like I did before by just putting the halter on and taking her for a walk. I'm am doing what I don't like to do, having to follow instructions and I'm already seeing results! Imagine that! :)
My confidence is up, thanks to the amazing strides that Chance has taken and my willingness not to give in. My relationship with Blaze has improve immensely as recently our bond has grown deeper. I have been training Blaze in other areas that have also taken our respect for each other to a stronger level and I am feeling rather hopeful in our success during this period of our lives. Sometimes that's all it takes for a great accomplishment, is the right timing and this time I think Blaze and I have it!
I'll be posting our successes and challenges so please feel free to follow along!