I got a little pom last week and i have been trying really hard to get him to walk on a lead. I will bring treats with me and encourage him to walk and he does it fine when there are treats but the second the treats are gone he refuses to walk on his leash. any suggestions?
I've been told...to leave a leash on them around the house..this way they get use to it...and it'll be easier to take them for walks.. Patients and practise is the key.... PLUS TREATS... take one with you and brake it up in small small pieces...so it lasts the entire walk...
I've never used treats during a walk, unless teaching to heel. I don't know how old your pom is, but I've just always encouraged them to walk to me, w/ me, whatever as I would with play time. Every once in a while the puppy is kind of like, WHOA! what is this?!?!? But then I call and whistle and say come and it distracts them and we continue on. THEN, I treat when we get home.
I just bought a "Gentle Leader" head collar and it must be some kind of magic because Dutch (who usually pulls, runs after anything moving, jumps up on people walking by etc.) immediately walked next to me when I took him out on the leash. He went crazy for a few minutes after I put it on him, but once he got used to it, he was like a new dog. I really suggest trying it out if all else fails.
I agree with breaking up the treat into TINY pieces, you can even fake a few treats with crumbs on your fingers. It sounds like your pup likes to be very affectionate with you, (most poms are!), seems like these pups like to be rewarded with close attention around their face! The more often you have your fingers around their mouth in a rewarding manner, they feel very loved. Different strokes for different pups!! You can also try a 2-step harness (easy on!). So you don't have to worry about your furry pup slipping it's collar!
Take the puppy out =side onto the side walk, keep the leash slacked all the time. Walk yourself to the end of the leash, and call the puppy once, wait, as soon as the puppy puts one paw forward, say "Good Puppy!" but when he stops stay silent.Then if he moves forward again, start to talk to him again, then if he stops freeze and stop talking to him.repeat, repeat, repeat. Be patient, the first couple of walks will take a bit of time :)
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