Ramsey is 9 weeks old. I had his coller on today and put the leash on, when I tried to have him come with me, he would tug and yip like he was being beaten. I know he was not being hurt, but I don't want him to be afraid of the leash either.
He'll learn to get used to it, I don't think I've ever had a dog that didn't fight me like the way your puppy is right now. I just keep walking, a trainer told me too, it works, they walk with you in seconds, of course I put this thing on my caller from a trainer that invented it, so that helped too. Don't worry, the puppies just testing you.
I just want to do it right this time. Our older dog, Riley, (almost 3) is a horrible tugger on the leash. I blame that on when he was a puppy, we had a retractable leash and let him pull, pull, pull. Of course he was just small then and it didnt seem so bad, and we thought, oh he is just little and needs the exercise. Of course the bigger he got the worse it was. I have tried things to make him stop, but even if I have a short leash on him and he walks beside me, he is still trying to pull. I haven't walked him in a while, I thought maybe if he didn't go for a while, we could try to start fresh. Any chance of that happening?
Tarib, The easiest way to get the pup accustomed to a leash, is to put it on him/her and let them drag it around the house with them. Obviously, close monitoring should be done while this is happening (but you should have a eye on a new pup at all times anyway!). Every once in a while, pick up the leash and walk a few steps - puppy follows - LOTS & LOTS of praise and a treat or two. Before you know it, you've got the pup walking on leash without any problems!
p.s. You may want to use a cheap leash to do this, as puppy will probably end up chewing it a few times! LOL
You should start your pup on collar and leash at a very young age. Use some training words like, walk, stroll, etc. It wont be long until the sight of a leash brings joy and excitement to your dog. When we grab leashes, you'll see an excited group of dogs. Good luck.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
hi, i have a 13 week old germansheppered-boxer mix and when i try to walk him and he stops i would go in front of him with the leash unwound and cal him to me. when he comes i give him treat.somehow he remembered that so that when he hesitate to walk wit me i will go in front of him ,call him and he walks.
taribo7 regarding getting it right this time..I have to tell you about my maribella.She wouldn't stop pulling and lunging forward when i would take her for a walk. I thought maybe i'm doing something wrong like walking to close to the side of the road since smells and distractions are prominate in those areas to a dog who's nose is so close to the ground. Anyhow, I found this new harness through a friend of a friend that was suppose to garuntee i would have more control. It really worked..I couldn't believe how easily maribella understood what i was trying to get her to do. You should check it out..The web site is called TheMonsterTamer.com i hope I gave you an other option to helping with those walks. I love walking mine it is a special time for the both of us to share.
You don't want the dog to be tugging at his neck; so I always use a harness. I just put one on, at an early age, until they get used to it. Then I attach the leash to it, for short intervals, with lots of praise and treats, if they do happen to come with me, and slowly progress from there. It takes time, but it works in the end.
I am in love with the gentle leader leashes. After the first initial day of misery with the pups rolling on the ground pawing at their snouts, they quickly began to realize that this wasnt going away. Now I dont have problems with pulling and it even helps them to learn to sit by pulling up on the leash. It's supposed to be excellent for pups because it gives them a sense of security.
I defiently would say the minute you get home put a leash on him and let him drag it around and get use to it because soon you will have to teach him the basic commands and they all require him to be on a leash.