Join Date: Mar 2010
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my guy is 22 weeks and my first puppy, not my first dog.
he was scared of the leash. scared of the collar. scared of his walks in general. couldn't walk in a straight line.
now he pulls like a freight train. loves his walks now. marks like a bad boy too.
not sure what you pup's particular issue is so here was my journey.
leash: let him drag it around the house and yard to get used to it.
walking along side you: like others have said, lure with really highly prized tidbit... be sure to give it the pup while in motion, moving forward, and try to give the treat right when the pup is right by your side like a heel position.
pulling: like someone else said, stop when the pup is pulling, and then resume with a loose lead is established. another is walk in the opposite direction.
my pup doesn't seem to remember to not pull. I think he thinks he really can pull me. anyway, a trainer told me that they though that dogs pull not out of dominance but b/c we aren't walking fast enough. sometimes.
anyway, I walk pretty briskly, so pup can't pull. but he does respond to a correction, and off leash he stays pretty close, he will stop and wait for me and my other dog to 'catch up' to him.
an excerise a trainer did in puppy clase was have the puppy weave thru pylons on leash, while being lured by food.