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Recently my mother adopted a husky we named Caesar. I noticed he pulled like crazy on the leash when we were meeting him, and the previous owners admitted they didn't take him for walks. They just let him outside in the fenced yard. They taught him to do tricks, and he knows commands, but won't do them unless you have a treat in your hand. Otherwise, he looks at you and goes back to what he's doing. On walks, this creates a HUGE problem. Hes learning slowly that if he pulls on the leash, we stop walking, and when the leash is loose again, we go again. But the very second he sees a squirrel all coherent thought goes out the window. Hes only a year old but he's 50 lbs, and will pull you down if he sees something he wants to chase. Deer, cats, dogs, squirrels, cars, people, you name it. If it moves, he will start running and yank you down to chase it. The only thing able to stop him is to physically drag him away from what it is he wants, which isn't easy to do when you're 5 feet tall and 110 lbs like me. I've tried walking him in less interesting areas, bringing treats, scolding him, giving commands like "leave it" and "heel", and but all he wants is to chase whatever he just saw. Even high value treats that he'll do anything for won't get his attention. We've had him for a little over a month, and we're no closer to curbing this behavior. If we could just get him to stop taking off after anything that moves, walks would be so much better. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?