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Old 08-21-2006, 09:59 AM   #1
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Does anyone know of any good method to get the puppy used to the lead? How about walking with the lead? my pup will walk a little then sit and refuse to walk. I don't want to resort to pulling the pup along. I know there is a way to do this, and I want to do it right!

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Old 08-21-2006, 02:44 PM   #2
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All Puppies do this Pauline when their brand new, I wouldnt worry it just takes time. Just do a little at a time and don't freak your pup out, soon you will want him not to pull on the lead i'm sure hehe.
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http://www.dogplay.com/Behavior/leash.html
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Con...=1&SourceID=47

I hope these sites help!!

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Thanks Polar paws!

I have taken Cody for 2 successful walks now. I use treats and lots of praise. So far ......so good. No pulling, loose leash and happy dog......yay!!!

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im having the opposite problem, Corona is about 4 months old now, we use something called a gentle leader because he just strangles himself on a regular collar, to the point of passing out if i dont pick him up. Our problem is that he walks too fast, our walks consist of me correcting him constantly; his pace is slightly faster than mine. When he does walk correctly i say good boy and give him a treat, at that point he will go back to his habbit of walking too fast. Has anyone had this problem? how did you fix it?

btw the "Gentle leader" is a great product it gives you total control over the dog's head, the puppy class teacher suggested it, it can only be purchased at the vet.

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Thanks Polar paws!

I have taken Cody for 2 successful walks now. I use treats and lots of praise. So far ......so good. No pulling, loose leash and happy dog......yay!!!

I hear you - I have had the same problems with my baby dobie, but I found that of ALL the things you need to have with a new puppy... the most important one is PATIENCE.

What helped me when he stops and gets stubborn' just kneel down to his level and say 'come!'.... and wait.... patiently. I am really excited because with time my Choco is starting to get it. Now, after he goes potty, I am teaching him the word 'walk' which for us means "stay moving at my consistent pace" and the last couple days he has begun to make it all the way around my block without much stopping. Now, I am working on the HEEL command, because he is now starting to get anxious while walking and jetting out ahead of me. ANY TIPS ON THIS ANYONE?

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btw the "Gentle leader" is a great product it gives you total control over the dog's head, the puppy class teacher suggested it, it can only be purchased at the vet.

actually they can now be purchased at any petstore now, i have both the gentle leader and the halti collars at hand, i also use martingales, and regular nylon collars.
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Puppies and leashes.

I have a method I use on pups that I get or 4 - 5 week old pups from my litters.

The first thing I do is leave the leash on the floor where the pups play. I do this at least for one day. The next few day, I attach the leash on and off a little bit at a time. I buy cheap leashes at the dollar store for this. Even use them to play with the pups a little.

This gives the pups a chance to get used to the leash without any pressure. I will also use this oppritunity to start the "come" command. As little pups, I will say "come " and give a gentle tug to incourage the pups.

By the time I want to do more, they are not affraid or skittish about leashes. First couple experiences outside, I leave the leash hang so they don't have any resistance. I will only start using the leash as an actual leash when I know they are comfortable. Usually within a few days they will be doing great with it.

This would probably work on the 4 month old too. If he has always or usually pulls and walks fast then he might start to relate to the leash as time to go. If you leave it on him in the house, it can retrain his brain. He will learn that he can be calm, lay on your lap or even sleep with the leash.

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