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lead training

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by sweet josie, Mar 30, 2011.


  1. sweet josie

    sweet josie PetForums Newbie

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    Evening all

    i have 2 10 week old cocker spanial puppies which have just had there 2nd lot of injections and enjoy our short training sesions and have done very well with sit and lie, we have been gradually getting them used to a lead and one is doing very well and will even walk around the garden on it the other one has decided hes not walking and just sits there crying or trying to run the other way any advise as to how to settle him on the lead without scaring him would be a great help

    many thanks :)
     
  2. RobD-BCactive

    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    To gently coax him along, I found following other dogs helped, or a group of people walking together. I should not pay too much attention, if he's not got a good reason for stopping, but on other hand don't drag him. Stepping back, and ignoring him till he's bored, then a jaunty enthusiastic "let's go!" and move off is far more likely to get him going, without causing training problems later.

    I wouldn't worry overly, I tried pup on leash in garden and house, and it was a nightmare, but after I carried him out to a woodland path, set him down to explore, he took to walking on leash just fine.
     
  3. Pawsitive

    Pawsitive PetForums Junior

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    Do you try to walk them about on the lead together?

    I agree with RobD about following other dogs. Sometimes observational learning can help - if your other pup is quite happy to potter about on the lead, let your more anxious puppy see him, even if he isn't walking about himself.

    I find clicker training amazing with puppies and we got our BC girl to get used to her collar and lead with clicker training in a short time. Might be worth a shot if you aren't doing that already?
     
  4. RobD-BCactive

    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    We better add (though I am sure you know it already), that in your enthusiasm to train your pups to walk on leash, that their walking time should be very limited. Best to focus on habituating them to everyday things, and socialising with people and dogs, and puppy play opportunities.
     
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