I have a 1 year old Schipperke/German Shepherd Dog Mix, named Leslie. I need help. She won'y accept the lead. She is worse than a puppy, even when I tried introducing her to it at ten months. I will put the leash on her, she will walk three feet or so, stop pull in all directions, and do a sort of doggie sumersault. She also chews on it and refuses to be lead anywhere. I have to carry her back inside the house. When I try to move her anywhere by holding her collar, she will bite me and then summersault. She is very food motivated, but a tasty treat has no efeect when she is on tthe lead. I really need advice. It is very hard to carry a 35 pounds dog back inside every day. It's like she doesn't want to be told where to go.
This dog needs an obedience class and also to know you're in charge, not her. Nothing cruel but be firm. Try a training halter (name brands Halti or Gentle Leader.) The halter will prevent her from yanking away and spinning--it is based on a horse halter with the principle where the head goes, the body follows. At class, the trainer should be able to help you more. The halter will also prevent her from somersaulting and will help you keep her head from your hands so she doesn't bite you. (That's a whole problem in itself. I hope it helps.
she's winning the leash wars! obedience class definitely. put the leash on her, and when she pulls and somersaults, just hold the leash tight and straight up. not to pull her feet off the ground or choke her, but tight and straight up. she will take hold of it; hold it up a little more (since it's in her mouth) until she lets go. that may take a while, but don't give in. when she settles, walk. don't give in. only take it off her when she is not pulling. otherwise, the antics are rewarded with getting the leash off or being carried. walk with her and when she pulls, go in a different direction. when she starts the pulling back and somersaulting, hold the leash up tight again. if she lays down and refuses, give short sharp tugs on the leash to get her going. keep doing that until she get going. keep doing this over and over daily. also, put it on her and let her run around with it. is she chews it, take it and hold it tight. you can put some tabasco or frank's red hot sauce all over it, too, but i only got mediocre results with that. can try a chain leash at first, but mine broke after a couple weeks.
Also, when trying to wakl her, sometimes it helps to see where she's going and sort of walk where she wants to for a little bit and occasionally bribe it to walk your way with a treat without pulling or tightening the lead. If she still sits and pulls, then take her to a place where she will want to return home where she is secure, then sort of guide her there. That's all I can advise. Just be gentle, being rough or hurting her will only make her hate the lead more.
Let your dog know that you are in charge and take her to obedience class. I think she will win the leash wars. Let her walk where she wants to and don't choke her with the lead. I really, strongly suggest obedience class.
When the dog chews on the leash when you are trying to walk him, hes kind of biteing you, trying to tell you he will not be told what or where to go.Start the walk but use a chain leash and a choke collar so he doesn't slip it over his head and escape/haltis work to, use a chain leash they don't like the chain in their mouths.When the dog freaks out do nothing look/turn away and cross you arms in front of you, let him have his tantrum.when hes done start walking with a come/Walkies!!When he walks a few steps praise high pitch voice Good! then keep walking, then praise again (eye contact when behaving and praiseing)when the dog has another tantrum turn away and ignore till settles.don't give in.Don't give any attention for stupid behaviour including eye contact.Really this all has to do with how he sees his relationship between you and him.He beleives he is in charge of this relationship,Dr.Stanley Coren has a few books out on this subject and/or obediance training is a good idea the trainers can help you convince your dog that your in charge/Dr.Stanley Coren also has lots of strategies to try.
Obedience class, definitely.. There is also a training tool called a Gentle Leader, it works great. It's not a muzzle, the pet can still bark with it on, just a trainig tool. You hook the lead to it under the chin, and when the dog pulls in a direction you to not want to go in, it puts tension on the snout. Took my golden/collie girl 2 days to get used to it. My cocker less. A child can walk a dog with a gentle leader on. Try it, most of the pet stores carry them or you can look into a pet supply like, Pet Edge, or Drs. Foster and Smith.. Good luck