Dallas is learning very quickly and is doing pretty well, for the most part! There is one thing that I'm struggling with and not sure how to handle.
When we go for a walk, Dallas will attack my shoes. However, he is not doing this to play. He does this when he wants to stop for a sniff and I don't let him. Sometimes I do let him sniff around, but if I'm in a hurry or need to get home for some reason, letting him sniff isn't an option. I'm not sure how to teach him this attacking sneakers business isn't acceptable? Obviously stopping and making him stop doesn't do any good because that's what he wants. Even if I don't let him sniff around, he seems to get satisfaction just out of the stopping.
I do try to keep walking so he isn't getting what he wants, but it is incredibly difficult with a puppy attached to your sneaker...
I do take treats with me and use those to encourage him to behave on walks. Most of the time it works. In fact, most of the time he's an absolute angel on our walks. It's just every now and then. Sometimes if he starts attacking and I put him in a sit, he calms down. However, this isn't always the case.
Basically, I've got a few things I try that *mostly* work, but there is those small percentage of times where he doesn't care. He just wants a sniff!
I'm thinking of purchasing just a cheap little water gun and giving him a spray when he does this. Not sure if that will help though?