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Learning to walk on a leash

Lucy is almost 10 weeks now and will be getting her 2nd vaccinations on Saturday. I haven't really had her on a leash much in the last 2 weeks because she's been too small for her harness and I haven't been able to walk her outside my house yet due to not having her vaccines (city living).

Lucy sees the leash as a toy and bites it and uses it in a tug of war game with me (I don't play back). I'm trying to practice in the house so we can start taking walks soon. What's the best way to get her to see the leash not as a game or play toy? I tried giving her treats to follow me, but that didn't work to get her to drop the leash. As soon as she's done eating a treat she goes right back to grabbing at the leash even when I hold it tight.

Right now she's running around like a manic with the leash on...

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We had that issue but she stopped once we started actually going outside. There were so many fun things outside that the leash lost its thrill


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We had that issue but she stopped once we started actually going outside. There were so many fun things outside that the leash lost its thrill


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That makes sense! Crossing my fingers that happens with my little Lucy! It is so annoying to have her biting and jumping at the leash. I am heading up to my parents' house on Sunday where they have a nice yard we can practice on.

Can't wait to not be confined to my house/workplace with her and so we can go on adventures to wear out her energy. Right now I'm relying on a laser pointer for her daily exercise
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Same with us, once we got outside she started moving more. My problem wasn't chewing the leash as much as she didn't want to walk. If that happens, just try to keep moving or have someone walk in front of you. She would follow my daughter, which would keep her going until she got use to the leash. The trainer also showed us how to change direction if she's being difficult, which sort of snaps them out of fighting it. Good luck There's a big interesting world for them to explore out there! BTW, you can use a cat harness if she's too small for a dog one yet. Best of luck!






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here's a video. I don't recommend excercizing with a laser pointer. some dogs can develope a canine version of OCD from them.


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Lucy is almost 10 weeks now and will be getting her 2nd vaccinations on Saturday. I haven't really had her on a leash much in the last 2 weeks because she's been too small for her harness and I haven't been able to walk her outside my house yet due to not having her vaccines (city living).

Lucy sees the leash as a toy and bites it and uses it in a tug of war game with me (I don't play back). I'm trying to practice in the house so we can start taking walks soon. What's the best way to get her to see the leash not as a game or play toy? I tried giving her treats to follow me, but that didn't work to get her to drop the leash. As soon as she's done eating a treat she goes right back to grabbing at the leash even when I hold it tight.

Right now she's running around like a manic with the leash on...

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Thank you for posting this, Lucy419, Chester does the same thing except on the way from the house he is completely behind me because he wants to go back home, and on the way back home, he tries to pull on the leash because he wants to get back home. LOL (and good videos Dave)


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here's a video. I don't recommend excercizing with a laser pointer. some dogs can develope a canine version of OCD from them.

How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking - YouTube
Thanks for posting those videos! As far as the laser pointer goes, I do not use it all the time, but for brief 3 min spurts. She eventually gets distracted or bored and finds another toy. I know some dogs get obsessive with it, but I don't see that in her. I use it because exercise indoors in a tiny house is difficult and I want her to sleep well at night. Once she's going outside for her walks I will not have use for it.
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I read somewhere you can start leash training by putting your pup on a leash and tie the leash to you when in the house. Wherever you go, puppies should follow.

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I read somewhere you can start leash training by putting your pup on a leash and tie the leash to you when in the house. Wherever you go, puppies should follow.
That only works if the puppy understands that they should give to the pressure of the leash and move toward you. Some don't understand that immediately. With those, you can leave a leash attached (supervised, of course) and let them drag it for a while. When they are used to that, pick up the leash and follow them around with it. Then, if you have already taught them about a clicker, put the most gentle pressure on the leash while calling "pup, pup, pup" then click/treat the moment they take a step toward you.


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