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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.
Last edited by Havtahava; 07-14-2008 at 03:56 PM.