Sunday, 23 May 2021

Pulling and a review

The sun eventually made an appearance yesterday so it was third time lucky taking Tilly to the big park. The previous two times it had rained hard as soon as we'd arrived there and each time we'd quickly headed back to the car to save getting soaked. I made it to the bird viewing platform but unfortunately couldn't manage a decent photo of the two swans as I think they were looking for food and were too close to the underside of the platform and I couldn't quite manage to lean over comfortably and I didn't have anything to offer them anyway.

I really do need to stop Tilly from pulling on her lead as it's constant now apart from when she stops to sniff at something. I decided to take the new harness back to the pet store for a refund as I can't wait for her to grow into it.  I bought a double ended training lead instead as following a suggestion from Ann to try a head collar as it worked for her son's dog Barney who also pulls hard on the lead I decided to try a no pull harness first so I've ordered a harness online after measuring Tilly's chest properly so hopefully that will arrive soon.


For such a small pup she really is strong and it's hurting me to walk her. This week I have a telephone review with my surgeon following a recent mammogram. Seems like the treatment I received has caused it's own problems although thankfully no sign of the return of the cancer. I have no idea what will be the treatment for the treatment.


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  1. I was going to suggest trying a head collar for Tilly. Years ago my ex's big dog Sam would pull like mad on a normal collar and lead but with a head collar he was totally different - so gentle I could use just one finger to hold the lead and even my friend's 7-year old daughter could walk him with no trouble. I now need to get one for Snowy as she has started pulling - I can see fun and games when I come to put one on her as she never stays still :)

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    1. I'm getting at my wit's end with Tilly now. I've watched YouTube videos and the stop and reward with a treat doesn't work. I've always used harnesses on my dogs so I'll try that first. I don't know why they have to pull so much as they don't get there any quicker and Tilly does it wherever we are on the pavements, in town and in the park. It's a shame Snowy pulls when you have her and Poppie to contend with, I can barely walk one dog never mind two :)

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  2. Fingers crossed that the new harness works, it's amazing how much strength even a small dog has, isn't it. I hope the telephone review goes well, many people seem to suffer with knock on effects of treatment they receive, I hope it's not too bad in your case.

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    1. The new harness has two rings for the training lead, one on the back of the harness and one at the front, you can see how it works in the video in the link, I'm hoping that will cure her from pulling. I weighed her today for her worming tablet and she has put on a kilogram in the last four weeks but she is so much stronger now and she pulls like a train.
      The side effects of the radiotherapy have been much worse than from the chemotherapy which went well apart from the very last one which I was advised not to have. The cancer treatment is so harsh but at least I'm still here alive and kicking :)

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  3. I can't offer any advice on the best way to stop Tilly pulling when on the lead but I do hope you can find a solution so that walking her stops putting such s strain on you.

    Good luck with the medical consultation and hope the solution is quick, pain free and effective.

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    1. I hope the harness and training lead help stop Tilly pulling so much. Thank you for your good wishes for my telephone review this week and I do hope I can get some relief from these unpleasant side effects.

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  4. Do hope your new harness works & I'll talk to my friend who has a poodle who constantly pulls, even though she is now nearly 3, but recently she bought another "thing", (not up to date with dog leads) and it has helped. Take care & hugs.

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    1. Thank you Susan, I would be grateful if you could let me know what your friend uses for her poodle that has helped with the pulling. It's something I need to nip in the bud now as once they start pulling it'll carry on.

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  5. I hope the new harness helps. I'm sorry I can't offer any advice with regards to the pulling. X

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    1. The new harness has arrived and is much better than the first one we bought but Tilly isn't used to it so it's still a work in progress.

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