Introduction to leash and walking,

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DieselBoy is now 8 weeks, In the past 8 days that we have had him, I have taken him on walks at least 5 times, each time I would have to carry him in my arms until we leave the property then put him down to walk, since he refuses to leave the land of our property, this morning my problem was that even past the property he has now figured out how to go back and find his way back home, so he would refuse to come with me on a walk. so I went for the leash, and he seemed to hate that idea, he was dragging himself on the ground, not willing to cooperate with the leash either.

How do I properly introduce the leash to him? how do I take him on walks without such hassle? and make him listen to me! 

 

thank you 

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DieselBoy

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At 8 weeks old, he probably shouldnt be leaving your property to begin with.  He hasnt had ALL his vaccinations yet. Parvo is transmitted not only through physical contact with an infected dog, but can be transmitted through your puppy's foot pads just by walking where an infected dog has peed in grass or on pavement.  Dont take chances like that with your little baby.

You can begin teaching him to ignore the leash by attaching an old one, even a short one, to his collar and just letting him walk around in the house with it attached until he sort of just forgets it's there.  (Use an old one, because he MIGHT decide to chew on it, but you can correct that behavior if he starts to do it).  Give him some really great treats when you hook the leash onto him so he will associate the leash with GOOD things.  After he's gotten used to having that thing attached to his collar, bribe him with treats or his favorite toy to follow you while you are loosely holding the leash in your hand.  Dont be in a big hurry to have him trotting out in the neighborhood with you...you should spend a couple of good solid weeks just getting him to bond with you, and get used to having a leash attached.

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I think he's too young to even be interested in walking.  When puppies are little, they get scared when exposed to wide open spaces.  We kept Kevin in an x-pen in the house for the first week (and out in the yard to pee/poo) and we slowly exposed him to more parts of the house.  He wouldn't venture too much even in the house.  Outside we didn't have to leash him because he wouldn't walk two feet away from us.  Diesel probably just wants to be home.  He can get exercise through regular play rather than walks.

I use the clicker in training and Kevin always bit the leash.  To get that to stop, I would wave the leash in front of his face/drag it in front of him/put it on him/basically get him to want to bite it, and when he wouldn't bite it I'd click and treat.  He caught on very quickly.

When Diesel is ready for leash walks, just do what Paul said.  It's crazy how smart dobes are. Kevin learned heel in a day.  Treats keep him consistent.

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Yeah, he is way too young to go outside for walks.  Get him fully vaccinated first.  With that said, I have always had another dog show my puppies the way.  My friend would come over with her dogs and we would all go for a walk.  BUT first get vaccinated... at least 16 weeks old.

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This is good to know as Buddy won't leave my property either, but I just thought he was being squeemish. Do you think he'd stay with me off-leash in the front yard or should I not take the chance?

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Kevin would never leave the back yard.  He'd always stay with us and we never leashed him.  ...until another member here reported very tragic news that his young dobe was hit by a car.  We leashed him since then (long lead) which was annoying for him and us, but why take the chance??  We've had a fence installed so now we're free, safe, and happy.  I think Buddy is old enough to be interested in venturing off once he becomes more familiar with his new home (based on your other post I read).  Don't risk it.