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Walking on a leash?

I know I saw a thread about this before, but I don't think we'd even gotten Marvin back then so I didn't pay attention to it. So.... what's the deal? He had 2 weeks of free reign while we were at our cabin, and when we first got home he did OK on a leash, but now he just sits down every 20 feet. It's rather tiresome. We tried a harnass tonight with not much more luck. I give up and scoop him up and carry him. But as soon as we turn around, he starts running home.

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Carol, I have had a similar problem with Oreo, but trust me they do get it. It will take time and patience. Have you tried coaxiing him further with treats. Maybe one day try up to 20 ft and then turn around so that the pup gets the idea that all is okay. Then, see if he will go five more the next time and then turn around again. I would extend the distance gradually, while being upbeat and calm, so that Marvin gets the feel that nothing bad happens when he goes away from home. At first it seems like it may never happen, but before you realize, Marvin will be walking like the best of them. He may even be leading you too one day...lol

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I did the same thing as Helen,

Started off with a few houses down the street and then back and worked the walk up to a longer one.

I took along cheese and a bottled water for the longer walks. Now, since she knows the routine, I think she keeps going because she looks forward to certain houses where there are dogs barking at her in the backyard. She'll start watching certain houses waiting to be *heard*, its cute.

But just keep encouraging the walk and be patient. I was SO frustrated the first few weeks, because I thought she would NEVER like walking, she would actually run and hide when I picked up the harness and leash. But now, she just sits down for me to put it one.

I'm hoping ONE day, she'll act excited to go!

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I would carry him down the street and have him walk bact to the house. I don't use food because some dogs will begin to only do things for food and I don't always have food on me. And be patient, be stearn but not ugly. Good Luck there is nothing more frusterating than a dog that won't walk on the leash!!!
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Beamer loves to go for walks away from the house... but he goes crazy! walks forward..backwards.. zig zags all over the place.. sniffing... goes from walking to running to stopping.. wow.. people must be looking at me like i'm insane or something.. lol
How can i get him to chill out and walk in a straight line?! lol
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There is a whole method to leash walking that we're trying to learn. We're taking puppy classes and that is the homework for this week. It's not easy, but they will do anything for treats if they do it right!
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I am looking forward to starting puppy class tonight and learning some new methods.

I don't take treats all the time, but I always carry a bottled water on a longer walk. That is something "special" to her, she loves drinking out of the bottle. She thinks she is human!

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Funny we had the opposite problem with Obi, he would lay flat (we call it the pancake) when we were heading back home from a walk.

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How old is Gucci?

We start puppy classes tomorrow night! Or rather, we missed the first one when we were on vacation. I understand that most of it is socialization. I am really excited about it!

These are classes started by Tricia McConnell, who happens to be an old friend of mine. She wrote several books - including 'The Other end of the Leash', and also has the 'Calling All Pets' program on NPR. She doesn't teach the classes herself anymore, but they should be good. I am really anxious to start all sorts of training(for me and Marvin, both!). I have to admit I feel pretty lame when I try to do a few rounds of 'Sit' each day. I've read about it, but doing it (especially when he jumps up) is different. I'm probably just confusing the little guy.

How about 'Come!' How is that going? I have mixed success. He's good in the house, but less good outside. I try to do a few practice sessions with treats each day.

I have one friend with a Hav (outside of all you new friends!) and I am amazed at how well trained he is! I am especially smitten with 'Put your toys away'! And he goes around and collects them and puts them in a basket.

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How old is Gucci?

We start puppy classes tomorrow night! Or rather, we missed the first one when we were on vacation. I understand that most of it is socialization. I am really excited about it!

These are classes started by Tricia McConnell, who happens to be an old friend of mine. She wrote several books - including 'The Other end of the Leash', and also has the 'Calling All Pets' program on NPR. She doesn't teach the classes herself anymore, but they should be good. I am really anxious to start all sorts of training(for me and Marvin, both!). I have to admit I feel pretty lame when I try to do a few rounds of 'Sit' each day. I've read about it, but doing it (especially when he jumps up) is different. I'm probably just confusing the little guy.

How about 'Come!' How is that going? I have mixed success. He's good in the house, but less good outside. I try to do a few practice sessions with treats each day.

I have one friend with a Hav (outside of all you new friends!) and I am amazed at how well trained he is! I am especially smitten with 'Put your toys away'! And he goes around and collects them and puts them in a basket.

Carol
Gucci is 6 months old. I was worried that we were getting a late start, but some have assured me that they are really receptive at this age. How old is yours?

She is doing really well so far. She can sit (most of the time, sometimes she lays down!) She is better at "roll over", She understands the commands "inside", "outside", "potty", and she sure the heck knows what a "treat" is! lol, She knows what "play" and "drink" mean too. I'm really impressed with how smart she is.

Now, I would LOVE for her to pick up her toys!! She is an expert at dragging them all out and leaving them there for me to clean up. I'll have to work on that one.

Since she is little, the trainer let us sign up for Puppy Preschool, which is the same class at Beginner's Training, but designed for dogs over 6 months old. I just don't want her around alot of big dogs. I'd rather her be at eye level with most of the classmates.

I'm pretty excited about it. We will have to miss the class next week because we will be out of town But, luckily, the trainer gives free "make up days".

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