I have a little Havenese that I got 2 weeks ago. She is a year old. The lady said she won't walk on a leash. She runs when she sees it in my hand. She wants to go outside but she runs from me knowing she has to be put on the leash. I do not know what to do to make her unafraid of the leash. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
What don't you try putting the leash on the couch beside you and then later have your dog come up on your lap and pet him and give love then put the leash on. Don't take your dog outside at that time just let the dog drag the leash around so he learns it is an okay thing.
have you tried one of the retractable leashes ? they come in various sizes so you can get a light weight one for small dogs.This what i use most of the time for my Chihuahua, OREO,as there isn't as much weight pulling on the neck. Oreo will walk on a regular leash but he really likes the flexi better.also what type of collar are you using? i wuoldn't use any type of slip or choke collar on a small breed dog.
You've got to get her to associate the leash in a positive way. Find a treat that she really likes and have it in your hand. Take baby steps. Put the leash around your waist and sit on the floor. Call the dog to you. She will be able to smell the tasty treats in your hand. As soon as she comes to you praise her and give her treat after treat reinforcing your come command in a high pitched "singing" tone. After she is coming to you regularly with the leash around your waist, then try setting the leash next to you. When she acts curious about it give her one of those really yummy treats and "sing" praise, "good leash, good leash". Be ridiculously obnoxious with your praise. You want her to know how excited you are that she's interested in the leash. Once she's coming to the leash regularly, then you can try putting her on it and letting her drag it around. She will probably run around a little crazy for a minute. Do NOT console her or make high pitched "singing" noises until she calms down. As soon as she is in calm state give her a yummy treat and praise her again. Reward curiosity, but never reward fear by consoling her. Good luck with her. She will eventually get the hang of it. I don't like retractable leashes because they give you no control over the dog. You can find light weight leashes for small dogs. I just see too many people using retractable leashes where the dog is walking way in front of the owner. Who is the pack leader? The dog thinks they are. Even little dogs should be able to walk beside you. And even little dogs want you to be the pack leader, other wise they will become the pack leader. I see so many nervous little dogs because they have no calm leader to show them whats okay and whats not in this world, so they resort to being fearful of the world. Instill confidence in them through positive training and you will always be rewarded with their devotion to you.
Put a treat she really likes by the leash.then sit down with the leash next to you and have a treat in your hand.You want to have a treat with you at all times. then when she sits on your lap hook the leash on her and let her run around but then shell calm down and relize that it isnt such a bad thing. i had the same problem with my pup(to the left by my screen name). Then i tried that trick and it worked.
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