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sailingaround's picture
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So I am having a horrible time walking Tidus. He doesn't pull on his leash, he refuses to walk!

He will get to a point in the trail and just refuse to go.

I have tried coaxing, being fun, and just keeping walking.  However, he really doesn't move. ><

Is it too early for obediance classes?

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Hi sailing around  how old is your pup? I know there's a stage that they go through at a certain month (4 i think?) I remember when i first used to take Q out on a leash...it was probably one of my first messages on this board too. Not having a pup for a long time i actually thought he had some kind of mental disorder. Luckily i got put right :) its a big world out there and our pups are not used to waving frionds, sale boards, red manhole covers, gratings, black balloons:) yellow road markings..... It will come right with lots of encouragement, let your dog check it out and he will work out that its ok. You will find he becomes better as the weeks go on. :)

KiaOra

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Q tip is right...just take short walks in places he is familiar with, and each time you go out, add a little bit more distance and different things to see and smell, but it might take him awhile to soak it all in.  He'll get there.

If he's just a little fella, don't be worried. As was said above, it's a BIG world out there.

A suggestion: (if he's a young puppy), put him on a collar and leash (4 ft) around the house (when supervised). Let him drag it around. He'll get used to the feel of the leash and if you want him to stay or come to you, you'll have control over the situation.

For stay, "Tidus Stay" stand on the leash walk the length of the leash to him, a "ATTABOY!", (treat, pat on the head...ect.) First step to stay.

For come, "Tidus Come" GENTLY pull him to you, ATTBOYs praise, treats, make it the best thing he has ever done when you get him by you. First step to come.

To me, Stay is the most important comand there is, second only to recall (come). These two commands will save their lives.

Enjoy your puppy!

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Harley was the same way and now we have issues with pulling.  Funny how that works!

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I am so glad that its not just me who is having this problem. I was getting convinced I was just a terrible dog walker.