dragging her on the leash

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Leash training is not new to me, but her will and determination is. She has been walking with the leash and harness since the day I got her with very little problems. Frankly I was amazed how well she took to it!!!! I mean not perfect but certainly not this. It's been a week today. But the last 2 -3 days she has decided if she don't want to go that way, she will lay down and then I have to drag her to where I want us to go.  ::)

This is not good for her or me. Nor do I want to cement in this attitude she has been exhibiting the last few days. How do I stop this and get positive walks? Tuesday she will be 9 weeks! hmm now that I said that she is still very much a baby baby!! Still looking for some tips.... :)

Well to start with you said it in your own post she is only 9 weeks. Then you have to realize that you bought a puppy that was raised outside without the proper socialization and a good start to life. I think you were the one that posted the utube clicker training for walking on a loose leash, go back and watch more of her videos, she is a great trainer. Remember to make it fun, if Izzy doesn't respond to treats then use toys. Never drag her with the leash or you will have to go back and start everything over. You want to train in a very positive manner. Make yourself more fun then whatever else she has her eyes on. You would be surprised when negative things happen to puppies or what they associate as negative just how long it can take to correct them. Especially done during certain fear periods.

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Thanks! yes you are right I did post that video and just so you know, I was not dragging her around the yard. LOL I was walking, then tugging, which turned into a drag. But I would stop as I said I don't want to cement that attitude in. I took her out a bit ago and We had better success. I slowed my walk way down and even though she had stopped I continued to walk but m  u  c  h  sloooower. Oh joy it worked, she'd came running to me as she had been.  Also I did some running and calling her yes made it more fun! I am going to tie some old socks together that I will only use on our walks! I have got to be more fun than anything else!!!

You know, I think she is in a fear period now....How long do those last? She has gotten frightened several times, when the chickens start their cackling!

Here is a great article that I've posted the link for numerous times throughout this forum but like all good things it can never be said to much. Take a look and read through this, it will give you week by week what to expect from puppies and things you can do do help them through the fear periods. The article is called super dogs are made not born. I'm not sure I like the new overhaul to the DPCA website the old screen was much easier to navigate and find what you wanted. I also think they cut down this article so it would be great to research it and find the complete article this one goes through the 16th week of life I believe.
http://dpca.org/BreedEd/kb/index.php/articles/34-behavior/111-super-dogs...

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Thanks I Googled your title and found it in pdf format! Looks awesome too and with pictures...I went to the site but this pdf is much better and complete I would think!

find it below......
http://www.caradobe.com/articles2.html (you will find it close to the bottom or use the direct link below)
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http://www.caradobe.com/superpup.pdf

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Thank you for posting the link.  It is going to be very helpful to me as I begin parenting my little girl.  We have gone on a walk, but I think I picked the wrong time of day.  We walked my grandson to school just a couple blocks away from home.  Lil Mama did fine, until the school drop-off traffic started to pick up.  She became frightened and I wound up carrying her home as she would not move.

 

We will begin again later in the morning with less traffic and on quieter streets.

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It's called opposition reflex... an example I like to use is, suppose we're walking together.  I grab your throat, and start pulling.  You wouldn't just happily come along, you would try to pull the other way.

At 9 weeks, maybe you're walking too far, or pushing it too much, could be many things.  But never force your dog to walk unless it's an emergency.

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It sounds like you've gotten a lot of good advice! (especially between the articles and the video already mentioned)

 

When Elka was itty-bitty she'd sit down and not want to continue walking, and I'd wait her out, talking to her and urging her on. Considering our main leash problem nowadays is pulling, one of those things worked too well! However, the clicker is what I'm using to work on that, with a flat buckle collar.

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My Willa is 5 months old and refuses to walk with a leash.  She just sits down and freezes, or goes into her crate, lays down and doesn't move.  It is like she is terrified.  We have tried praises and treats and nothing works.  It is getting harder and harder to carry her into the Vet's office for shots and check ups =)

Anyone have any ideas for me?