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Any help with getting Kona to walk on a leash?

I have started walking about 2-3 miles in the morning after the kids get off to school, and I thought it might be nice to have a walking partner. Hubby can't walk with me b/c of his back, but I can't get Kona to walk on a leash. When we play in the yard he will stay in the yard, or right with me but on a walk.... ick.. he needs a leash. He just freaks out when I put one on him... will lay down and won't budge. He gets so mad and trips out. Any ideas?
Thanks ya'll.. oh... p.s My camera is broke, no pics till I can replace it. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!
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Haven't tried it myself but Cesar Milan held treats in front of a dog's nose, occassionally giving him a piece as they walked. Sue (suzyfrtz) was having trouble getting her pup to walk on a leash until we had all four of ours together and then Kaylie completely forgot she didn't like the leash. Are there any neighbors with dogs you could walk a little bit with?

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Our neighbor has 2 little Pom's and she doesn't walk them. There is an older lady next door who has a shihtzu, but I can't walk Kona with her b/c her dog is almost blind and gets really freaked out easily. I will have to think about that one, but that could DEFF. work if I can find someone. YIPPIE! Thanks for the idea.
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I was lucky with Dash as he already walked on leash. But with the girls, I just did it. Belle was born to walk 10 feet ahead of you, Dora had to learn to catch up. Now walking all 3, when I want to walk for me, I have them on short leashes where they just have to walk. They don't like to be dragged so they just do it.

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It took me awhile to get Todd to walk on the leash...he'd do the same thing..lay down and not budge for anything.
Finally I tried holding his flossie (his very FAVORITE chew treat) in my left hand with the leash as we were walking.
It was an instant transformation! I swear that he'd follow his flossie anywhere...lol
Now he walks pretty well on the leash even without a flossie to bribe him with

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kona has never been on a collar/leash before or anything? Harness? I just started a collar on Beamer 2 months ago, but we transitioned from a harness. He froze up quickly, but got the hang of it after a day. Maybe start kona off on a harness?

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I used treats with Roxie. I alternated between trowing a peice a head of her and leading her with a treat in front of her. Use very SMALL treats so that the chewing does not interfer with the walking. We actually used a scrambled egg, broken into VERY SMALL peices.
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I have started walking about 2-3 miles in the morning after the kids get off to school, and I thought it might be nice to have a walking partner. Hubby can't walk with me b/c of his back, but I can't get Kona to walk on a leash. When we play in the yard he will stay in the yard, or right with me but on a walk.... ick.. he needs a leash. He just freaks out when I put one on him... will lay down and won't budge. He gets so mad and trips out. Any ideas?
Thanks ya'll.. oh... p.s My camera is broke, no pics till I can replace it. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!
You got great advice about how to teach him to walk on a leash but 3 miles may be too far for a Hav to walk. Mine are done at a mile.......and so am I

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At Noa's puppy kindergarten they teach "heel" using the treats by your side method too. But it's hard with a hav, as they are so short that you end up walking kind of funny. Also, the chewing while walking issue slows you down quite a bit.
Noa doesn't mind walking on the leash, and she is happiest when we go on long walks (8 blocks minimum, which is almost a mile). She did have to work up to it though. I started her off wearing the leash inside, just to get her used to having it on. And because her little legs are so short, she could barely keep up with me the first time we went for an outdoor walk. But once she got the hang of it, there was no stopping her. Now we either walk together or she leads the way...
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Taylor wouldn't walk on a leash when I first got her either.. she'd freak out..like..totally puppy spaz even.. so I'd have to pick her up.

I don't think dogs come 'knowing' how to walk on a leash. One thing that helped is people told me to just keep the leash on her while she's in the house..let her get used to walking around with it attached..on its weight and that it's connected to her neck/harness.

One thing that helped is Capote. I took capote for a walk and at first she didn't get the walking thing. then Capote would drag her a few steps (lol) cause I have a coupler and then she decided that walking was easier than being dragged..rofl. Now she does great on the leash..loves walking..tail waggling and all. ...just doesn't get the PURPOSE of the walk. ...to go potty..lol. She just sniffs and explores.

I think a harness is bit better though..not so much pull on their lil neck and it's easier to adjust to. I know capote needed to adjust from a harness to a collar ...but I only switched him because he'd pull until he was almost falling down when he was on the harness..lol. The collar helps keep him more on a loose leash.

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