Having Trouble training to walk on a leash
(Oak Park, IL)
We just adopted, what I am pretty sure, is almost a pure Jack Russell from a shelter. She is about a year old and we discovered she is deaf, after having her a week. She is doing great, and I think we're close to getting the housetraining complete. My problem is walking. She does ok some of the time, but then starts jumping at the leash, trying to grab it and play tug of war. I also have a poodle mix, who is very well behaved on the leash and she'll try to grab his leash as well. She can really jump, so sometimes grabs my hand in the process and this really hurts. To the point I just pick her up for the rest of the walk because it's so annoying. I've tried rolling her on her back when she does it, but she just goes right back to the behavior. I've also tried closing her mouth with my hands and holding her head down, I read that is what their mother would do. None of this seems to be working. Is it just persistence? We can't use words because of the deafness, so are trying to use signs. She has learned sit, and has also learned if she wants on our bed, she has to sleep in her little bed at the bottom of the bed. I know she is trainable, just trying to figure out how best to break this bad habit.