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How to get puppy to walk

My 4 1/2 month old puppy won't take walks. He sits down and refuses to move before I even get him out of the driveway. He will only walk once he know we're on our wayhome. I've tried treats, toys, words of encouragement and feel like giving up. Is it wrong to carry him, the putting him down and trying again? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I brought Henry to a trainer who helped me. I was having trouble too and he learned within 3 minutes.

We used teeny-tiny pieces of hot-dogs. Said "Let's go", then he had to step toward to meat, and then said "Good Let's Go"! All enthusiastic like. We did this in her basement around the furnace in a circle.

Once learned he was so proud of himself.
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Here's a good video on starting a puppy with loose leash walking. But if you can't figure it out on your own, a few lessons with a good positive trainer should get you going in the right direction. A 4 1/2 month old puppy isn't ready for long walks yet anyway!

http://youtu.be/kfiNFtembD


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Need more info. Has he walked with you before, how far, how did he do? Anything scare him recently when out walking. ? Don't force him to walk. ie, dragging. But I need more info.?? Does he show any stress signs before getting ready for the walk.?

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He runs to the door when I say we're going for a walk and he enjoys parts of it (I try to go in directions but stay in our neighborhood). Sometimes I pick him up when he refuses to walk and once I put him down he is happy. There is no rhyme or reason to why he refuses to walk as I can see it. The other day I took him into another neighborhood and he was struggling all the way there, once there he was very happy and walked happily. Very complicating...I think part of the problem is me draggging him when I get frustrated (although 99% of the time I am very encourqging and giving him treats and praise along the way), I knowthis is wrong, but somtimes I cannotnhelpit, especially when we're walking a route he has walked many times before qnd enjoyed it. Any thoughts??
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He runs to the door when I say we're going for a walk and he enjoys parts of it (I try to go in directions but stay in our neighborhood). Sometimes I pick him up when he refuses to walk and once I put him down he is happy. There is no rhyme or reason to why he refuses to walk as I can see it. The other day I took him into another neighborhood and he was struggling all the way there, once there he was very happy and walked happily. Very complicating...I think part of the problem is me draggging him when I get frustrated (although 99% of the time I am very encourqging and giving him treats and praise along the way), I knowthis is wrong, but somtimes I cannotnhelpit, especially when we're walking a route he has walked many times before qnd enjoyed it. Any thoughts??
yeah , I'm still not sure what's going on here. A little inconsistent. Doesn't sound like he's too afaid of the walk. Maybe a bit apprehensive in new environments.?? And he doesn't sound like he does it because he's tired, .Don’t treat to lure your dog forward, as that rewards your dog’s stopping behavior. Just wait. When your dog does move, praise him and throw a treat in the direction you want to walk. Some dogs are hesitant going out ,but are anxious to return. So it's best to reward the going out and not the returning. Try not to pick him up. Keep the walks short and sweet ,until he gets more comfortable and confident. Keep track of exactly how he behaves . I'm still a little uncertain. of what might be causing it.

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