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I need some ideas for leash training~
One of my puppy buyers is frustrated because her little (4 mo old) guy flat refuses to walk on a leash. She lets him run around the house with it dragging behind him, he is fine with that. But if she picks up the leash, he flops down and won't move.
She has tried his favorite treats, and holding them out and giving them to him every few steps. He will do this for 2 or 3 treats, then flops down again. (this is the trick that always worked for me, so I am stumped!)
She is bringing him over tomorrow, and I am going to give him a haircut and see if I can get him walking on a leash~
Anyone have any other ideas for me?


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Katie Posh had a really hard time walking on the leash. I got her at six months, and I truly don't believe she'd ever seen a leash. She would sit down, do a spinning fish flop, etc...I started obedience class with her two days after I got her and it was a bit embarrassing how I was taking her for a "drag." I really wanted the trainer to give me some other advice then what he was giving...he told me to keep on walking, even when she stopped and really praise her when she was doing it correctly. Eventually it clicked with her, and she is little miss happy on a leash, so well behaved, she does her happy hav trot and looks nothing like the little muppet that I drug.

So I think really if your puppy buyer or you can just ignore his desire to stop, and keep going all the while feeling happy and not guilty about a little drag here and there it will click that walking on a leash is great fun.

I hope this doesn't sound terrible...she wasn't ever in any way going to hurt herself. She just looked really silly and of course, the softie in me felt like I was going to ruin my loving princess. I really tried to keep the guilt in check and talk to her in my happiest voice saying "silly girl, let's go" every time she quit walking and started flopping.
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I think the treats are the way to go, maybe the new owner is just frustrated with how long its taking. When we tried to leash train Tito he would just try to eat the leash/collar, then he realized the leash means fun walking and hot dogs. How long has she been working with him on this?

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I use treats and that's worked great! How about holdign the leash when they are going somewhere fun. Like hold the leash and say "wanna go outside?" all excitedly and then you go out back and play and have treats and have a blast! Maybe that would help once the pup associates walking on the leash with going somewhere to have fun?
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I have NEVER seen a dog refuse to walk on a lead like Tinky. She would lay down, lock all four feet, and flat out refused. Our trainer said we were doing it wrong by coaxing her with treats and to do it similar to how Amy described above. It looked like we were dragging her (because we basically were!), but she did actually catch on quickly because we didn't baby her about it anymore. When she moved her legs in motion with us, then she got praise, but otherwise we just used a simple, "Let's go" and started walking with her cooperating or not. By the class the next week, she was the best behaved out of everyone and outshined them all. She just had to know who was boss and that it was going to happen whether she liked it or not.

Edited to add: Even after we started forcing it, she started drooling profusely. Throughout that training session she got herself so upset that she even vomited!

Tinky's youngest daughter did the exact same thing! It took her a whole day to catch on, even after my mother-in-law kept picking her up instead. I think she would have caught on sooner if she realized she HAD to walk with us.

I would recommend that your puppy owner take the puppy to some puppy kindergarten classes. Sometimes they get it better when a trainer is explaining it.

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Kimberly it's really nice to hear this advice from you. I wanted to be honest, but I didn't want it to sound like I was being a jerk by "walking on." Posh is really an alpha dog, and I most definitely, in a kind and caring way need to let her know, as Dale so eloquently put it in another post, that I am "not her bone, but her pack leader." I think she also needed to figure out that this walking on a leash thing=fun!
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With Jasper I sort of walked/ran backwards facing him with the leash in one hand and treats in the other and said Let's walk. he would follow if I was facing him.

Cash, hated the leash but because I walked them both together he just fell in line with Jasper.

Katie, maybe you can take the puppy for a walk with Heidi or another good leash walker.

And if all else fails, you can have this puppy owner just send the puppy to me!




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Kimberly and Amy, my trainer also taught us the same thing - to just keep walking, while encouraging them to walk with you. She'd have us start with the dog on our left, in a heel position, and then take a very deliberate step forward, pulling on the leash and coaxing the dog with an enthusiastic "Let's go!"

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Amy, at first I thought the trainer was a jerk, but it really did work and the refusal was short-lived. I just edited the above post to note how bad it really got during that first training. She was drooling and drooling when we quit babying her. Eventually she even vomited, but then it was over. She quit refusing!
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I brought Henry to a trainer when he was still 12 weeks old.
We taught Henry his name, and how to walk on a leash.

We cut hot dogs into teeny tiny pieces, and with the leash on, said "Let's Go" putting the hot dog in front of him, After 2 steps he got the treat, then again Let's Go, two more steps. We did htis in her small basement in a big circle.

Henry was so proud of himself! Then when we went outside, we did it for real, and I always had treats, well until we did not need them anymore.
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