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Old 28-11-2011, 05:50 PM
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Dog refusing to walk on a lead

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Our puppy has decided that he doesn't want to walk on the lead. We have tried the gentle cajoling and praise when he walks alongside us. We have tried carrying him and put him down along the track and just dragging him til he gives in. It's getting worse.
He'll happily walk off the lead, which is fine along our track where there are no cars but we want him to be able to walk on the lead, especially because his recall is not so good yet either.
We will be joining training classes but the next sessions are after xmas so don't want to let it get so bad that he won't go anywhere on the lead.
Any useful/ helpful tips would be much appreciated.
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Old 28-11-2011, 05:56 PM
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Re: Dog refusing to walk on a lead

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Hi
Our puppy has decided that he doesn't want to walk on the lead. We have tried the gentle cajoling and praise when he walks alongside us. We have tried carrying him and put him down along the track and just dragging him til he gives in. It's getting worse.
He'll happily walk off the lead, which is fine along our track where there are no cars but we want him to be able to walk on the lead, especially because his recall is not so good yet either.
We will be joining training classes but the next sessions are after xmas so don't want to let it get so bad that he won't go anywhere on the lead.
Any useful/ helpful tips would be much appreciated.
Does he wear a collar? If he does, just tie a piece of string (6ft) to it whilst he is around the house, Let him get used to it for a couple of days, then tie something heavier, like a piece of washing line, When he is used to that attach the lead and let him drag that around. when he is used to it, just pick it up. Keep and eye on him though when he is attached, just in case of accidents.
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Old 28-11-2011, 07:44 PM
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Re: Dog refusing to walk on a lead

Young pups won't to remove most things attached to them at certain ages. Ours doesn't like clothing... But puts up with it when it is very cold or wet outside.

With the lead he freaked out completely the first time. Always useful to use it occasionally in the house so they get used to it. He would also play "catch me" when he saw it, but quickly realized that there was absolutely no, outside time if he didn't wear the lead.

Perhaps, try to coax him with treats. Failing that, just go and sit down again if he refuses to accept the lead. No walks... Until he accepts it. Once he realized Boris would run to the door, sit down and wait for it to be attached... The lead is for outside and he knows he can't go out without it, but outside is fun!!

Now he waits in front of our gate...
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Re: Dog refusing to walk on a lead

Thanks. The thing is he lets us put the lead on him, he's worn a collar since we got him and he lets us take that on and off too. He will wear the lead in the garden and walks quite nicely with it. He has walked up the track with it on nicely too - this is a recent thing!
When we set off up the drive and onto the track from our house which is a single track he won't walk, unless we let him off the lead. He really digs his paws in and whimpers or grunts. We don't want to yank him or hurt his neck. If we let him off the lead he will bound about either side into ditches and hedges and sometimes into fields to eat cow poo. The fields are surrounded with barbed wire fences and he's already scratched his belly squeezing through.
It's not that we don't want him to only walk on the lead we let him off the lead on the return journey back down the track - sometimes, depends how much of a cheeky mood he's in. I just don't want him to become so stubborn that he becomes a nightmare to walk on the lead full stop or refuses to wear one ever.
Maybe if we try a longer lead so he can still bound from side to side but we can bring him back?
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Thanks. The thing is he lets us put the lead on him, he's worn a collar since we got him and he lets us take that on and off too. He will wear the lead in the garden and walks quite nicely with it. He has walked up the track with it on nicely too - this is a recent thing!
When we set off up the drive and onto the track from our house which is a single track he won't walk, unless we let him off the lead. He really digs his paws in and whimpers or grunts. We don't want to yank him or hurt his neck. If we let him off the lead he will bound about either side into ditches and hedges and sometimes into fields to eat cow poo. The fields are surrounded with barbed wire fences and he's already scratched his belly squeezing through.
It's not that we don't want him to only walk on the lead we let him off the lead on the return journey back down the track - sometimes, depends how much of a cheeky mood he's in. I just don't want him to become so stubborn that he becomes a nightmare to walk on the lead full stop or refuses to wear one ever.
Maybe if we try a longer lead so he can still bound from side to side but we can bring him back?
So he has started to get his own way then. I'd pick him up carry him the "part" way and then put him down. you are removing the reward which is him "playing" up the track. If you let this go.........what is going to be next?
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Re: Dog refusing to walk on a lead

Does he walk ok on the way home or is it both ways? If he will walk on it on the way home, might be an idea while he is small to carry him perhaps 50 yards up the road, then put him down and walk him home on the lead. If that isn't the case, you could get someone with some nice treats to stand at the other end of the road and call him to them. He will have to know they have the treats of course, so let him sniff them in the hand.

I have often seen people struggling to get a puppy to move on a lead. It is quite funny for the spectator but not such fun for you.

I have a 12 stone newfie who refuses to move on a lead, and that can be embarrassing!
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Re: Dog refusing to walk on a lead

I had a similar sort of problem with my dog refusing to walk at times. I was advised (on here) to just stop, stand still, facing the way i wanted to go and completely ignore her. Once the dog decides to move forward (it may take a while) speak brightly and encouragingly as you set off again.

I had to repeat this many, many times as my dog would stop again after a few paces. I think the first few times it took us 20 minutes to walk just a few yards! But with patience and persistance it did eventually work.

You could combine this with short sessions of teaching the dog to walk at heel, using treats in front of the nose to start with.

Any attempt to pull at the lead or drag the dog (however tempting it may be when you get frustrated ) will only make things worse.

A long lead (as you suggested) sounds like a good idea too.
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Re: Dog refusing to walk on a lead

Thank you all for the advice. I will try the suggestions. I think we have a stubborn pup who wants to rule! My OH said that he was brilliant today off lead, coming back when he called (even leaving poo half chewed!). BUT that was off lead.
I did try stopping and ignoring him and walking with lots of praise when he set off - it did work for a a short distance and took a very long time. I'll keep persevering though.

Thanks again.
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I have a similar problem. My 13-week old Westie hates walking on the lead. We drag him along slowly as lots of other owners said to do that as he is trying to get his own way.

I have tried to stand there and wait for him to come along, but he lies down on the pavement and stays there for as long it takes to go bcd inside.

I give him lots of praise when he walks on the lead and usually when we get to the park he is okay again and sniffs around and walks along with me - not always though but much better in the park.

He likes the walk home from the park also and shows no sign of caring about buses and car horns in either direction. He also loves the garden.

Today a lady shouted at me which knocked us back a little - we're trying our best with him but for 2 weeks he has refused to walk. It made me feel bad that this lady was shouting at me and saying "how would you like it if I dragged you around?" but I'm not sure what to do.

How have others managed to get their dog moving and am I doing the right thing in ignoring bad behaviour and praising good? Should I stand on the pavement for longer than 10 minutes hoping he'll move?
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