Taming the beast

July 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm 3 comments

Meet Rufus.

He started out small. And sweet. And yes, he was the cutest puppy ever, thanks for agreeing with me.

And then he grew. And grew. And grew. Before long he was 75 pounds of skinny, solid muscle. Not an ounce of fat, all muscle, sinew, fur, height and jumpingness.

To put the height into perspective, when he stands up on his hindlegs, he’s about as tall as I am.

Please ignore the terrible outfit, lack of makeup, etc. etc.

Oh yes, he looks cute and innocent. Don't let that fool you.

Soon our gentle giant became a monstrous nightmare on a leash. He was not getting walked because he was too bad, which in turn made him worse because he was bored and not being walked. I bought a harness that alleged it would tighten around his legs if he pulled too hard. Ha. It was child’s play to him and he went right along, pulling me along behind him.

All was bad, but then it got worse. In a true Ceasar-worthy before moment, I was walking him and a sweet little girl walked up and asked if she could pet him, and he went crazy jumping up and down, barking, growling, etc. Thank god no biting or anything worse than that, but it scared me. I knew I had to find something fast that would remedy this situation, or Rufus would spend all of his days confined to our 1,000-square foot house.

Enter the Gentle Leader. (This is not a paid endorsement, this is truly just a word of advice for those with rambunctious, enormous dogs like mine). We purchased this exact one. The minute I put it on him, he jumped and clawed his nose and tried to remove it. But the beauty of the Gentle Leader is that when he pulls, it automatically pulls his head to one side. It doesn’t hurt him, just keeps him from being able to lunge forward. He was baffled, I was thrilled. Our walks went from me holding the leash with both hands and sprinting to avoid falling, to being able to walk him with two fingers and keep him right beside me. His behavior is still a work in progress but for anyone struggling like I am, this device will literally change your relationship with your dog.

And it’s so worth it.


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  • 1. Cheran  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I also have a headstrong puller. I bought a gentle leader and now she walks in the grass along the sidewalk with her face on the grass, trying to scape the harness off of her head. Still no fun. I am looking into a front ring chest harness, if supposedly, if she pulls, it will pull her chest around and completely turn her around. Plus she cannot scrape it off.

    Glad you found a solution for your pooch! He’s super cute!

  • 2. merrilymarylee  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    The gentle leader was a wonderful discovery when we had our Akita! He never liked it but I certainly did.

  • 3. merrilymarylee  |  July 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    PS. He beautiful!!! Looks like our granddog.


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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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