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    Need help! My puppy doesn't like to be on a leash.

    I have had my puppy for about 3 weeks and I just bought him a collar and a leash. He don't to have on the leash. What can I do to fix this problem?

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    Re: Need help! My puppy doesn't like to be on a leash.

    How old is he?

    Put the leash and collar on while you are there to supervise (do not leave the room even for a few minutes, as he can get caught on something and strangle to death), and let him drag it around with him. Have some high value treats, and pick up the end of the leash and call him to you, and give him a treat. If he tries to pull against you, don't pull back, just stay still, and call him, so he'll figure out that he rewards himself by not pulling.
    Look up "loose leash walking" on the training forum stickies.
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    Re: Need help! My puppy doesn't like to be on a leash.

    Someone on another dog board gave me advice on this and it certainly worked for me. They said, put the dog on the sidewalk and hold the leash and just walk. Don't look back. Just walk away.

    I am assuming that the reason why you can't look back is because the dog maybe starts off being dragged along the ground and you would feel sorry for it and stop. The reason they gave for not starting off on grass is because the dog is more likely to walk if its on hard ground.

    I tried this with my dog that just dug her feet in. I walked away, she came along beside me and that was the end of "oh my puppy won't walk on the leash!"

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    Re: Need help! My puppy doesn't like to be on a leash.

    Quote Originally Posted by Purley View Post
    Someone on another dog board gave me advice on this and it certainly worked for me. They said, put the dog on the sidewalk and hold the leash and just walk. Don't look back. Just walk away.

    I am assuming that the reason why you can't look back is because the dog maybe starts off being dragged along the ground and you would feel sorry for it and stop. The reason they gave for not starting off on grass is because the dog is more likely to walk if its on hard ground.

    I tried this with my dog that just dug her feet in. I walked away, she came along beside me and that was the end of "oh my puppy won't walk on the leash!"
    I haven't had good luck with this method. Most dogs tend to really dig in when pulled against their will. It becomes more of a 'taking your puppy for a drag' than a walk. I've had better success with treats. I just put the leash on (inside the house at first) and take a step. If the puppy stops, I offer a treat and praise when it goes where I want. It's slow going at first, but in a matter of minutes you'll usually get some good walking done. I cap it out at about 10 minutes per session at first, so as not to aggravate the puppy. It's better if walking and doing what you want is a happy experience for the pup.

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    Re: Need help! My puppy doesn't like to be on a leash.

    Thanks for the great advice... I will start to work with the treats first! Thanks again.

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    Re: Need help! My puppy doesn't like to be on a leash.

    yes there really can't be any tension on the leash....when my dog feels the slightest tension, she'll stop in her tracks and refuse to move. Make sure it's loose. it's best to let them drag the leash around the house, and give them treats while putting his collar on, so he's associating it with something positive. Eventually they'll get that leash = awesome walk/play in the park and will jump at the chance to have a leash on!

    The key thing is to take it slow. When you want to, you cna pick up the leash while your puppy is moseying around and then just walking with him while the leash is loose. You're not teaching a heel or anything like that, you jus twant him used to you holding the leash while he's on the other end of it.

    It's completely natural and normal for dogs to dislike the leash at first. I have a 4 pound puppy so I can't "drag her until she walks". Instead, I face towards her so I'm walking backwards, and start saying her name in high pitch happy tones, and encouraging her to walk towards me. As i'm doing it, she gains more excitement and then walks towards me as I'm walking backwards. The other thing I did is I got my friend to walk my older dog in front of us, so she starts following him while on leash, and now she's learning to run on the leash!! Sometimes they need to run on the leash before walking on it lol!

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