But it works... and it's easier than luring with treats. At least with my dogs.Thoughts in puppies head:
Ohh what's that, what's that, what's that? OMD WHAT"S THAT!??! Freeze.
The world is a crazy place for a pup. Smells, sounds, breezes, the feel of the sidewalk, the feel of the grass. Remember their senses are acute compared to ours. Most pups (at 8 or 9 weeks) and then again at about 15-16 weeks go through this phase. And it is just a phase. Perfectly normal. If they have not been socialized to the world this is even harder for them to overcome. When you go out, take some REALLY yummy treats and a squeaky toy they like. When the brakes go on, just wait. No pulling or tension on the lead as this creates the "opposition reflex" where they resist the pull by counterbalancing it (same thing goes with a dog that pulls on the leash..the tighter the tension, the more they pull..) this is a reflex, not a conscious decision on the part of the dog.
When you've waited (it seems like forever, I know, but only 20-30 seconds)...encourage him with the food, if that doesn't work, use the toy, if that doesn't work, wait again. This stage is a pain in the butt, but believe me, one day the pup will suddenly be all agogogogo and you'll be wishing you were back on "stop and sit". This is all a normal part of puppy development and when the pup starts to feel less overwhelmed by the outside world he will learn to move along.
I don't tug or pull. Just keep enough tension on the leash so they know which direction we need to be going.A slight tug on the leash may work, but PULLING when your dog is in overload mode can be frustrating for all involved and can also teach a pup to hate his leash and collar. Most of us inadvertently teach our dogs to pull, then get frustrated trying to unteach it.
I 100% whole heartedly agree. I do te leash tension with bait and a let's go command before the tension happens. Once there is ANY forward movement to start, the dog is rewarded with lots of praise. It took my pup 2 days to figure out that let's go means move your feet now.I don't tug or pull. Just keep enough tension on the leash so they know which direction we need to be going.
That's what we did with our puppy, who came from a hoarder's yard and had never been on a leash (or worn a collar) at 12 weeks. First, I put a collar on her and let her wear that around the house until she ignored it, didn't take that long. Then I attached a piece of string and had her drag that around until she ignored it, then a light leash, then a heavier leash...it was only a couple of days until she was used to having something on her neck and something attached to it. Then I picked up the leash and just held it loosely...lots of treats while gradually taking up the slack in the leash. I followed her around attached to the leash for a while before I tried to get her to follow me on it...treating all the time.Drop the dog whisperer training, Put a light weight lead on and allow the pup to walk around with it dragging (under supervision) remember you're working with an infant and the baby is most likely scared of the new thing attached to her. Be sure to REWARD all desired behavior.
If she's used to confinement than believe it or not, that may be her source of 'comfort' at the moment. I wouldn't plan to take her on any big extravagant walks just yet, I would put the lead on her and then put her in the backyard (with you) and let her drag it around sniffing and moving at her own pace. Eventually, when she's comfortable, you can pick it up and walk her around the yard, then start making your way down to the sidewalk and maybe just walk back and forth in front of the house. Once she realises walks are fun, you'll be able to take her for a longer and longer one.I got a lhaso from a rescue centre yesterday & I feel she has been badly treated as she filches at loud or sudden noises & everytime we stroke her she cowers on the floor. I could see the fear in her eyes as I attached the lead 2 the collar, it would seem she's been hurt with a lead in her short 2yr existence. I took her down the Heath 2day thinking she'd enjoy a nice stroll as the kennels said she had been confined 2 a barn with a concrete floor 4 the past yr, only she lays down & refuses to move. I don't want 2 tug on the lead but tempting treats doesn't seem 2 work either... Has anyone got any advice on wat I can try next?