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Old 05-22-2013, 06:11 PM
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Unhappy New Puppy Won't walk on Leash

Hi everyone! So I usually come to the forum to get some tips and stuff about my boys (Papillon age 5 and AM Bulldog 9 wks).

I just brought Henry, My AM bulldog home last wk. So far he has been increasingly getting better with training except one thing... This little guy REFUSES to walk on a leash.

I live in the city so it's kind of a must for him to do so. We tent to go on pretty decent walks ranging from 15 mins to an hr. He will follow me if I let him walk without a leash and that's fine but i need him to be able to walk on a leash for everyone's safety, including his!

He is accoustomed to his collar, I let him drag his leash around but once I pick it up he basically lays on the ground and won't move! I have tried coaxing him with high pitched voice and rubs, also treats. He just won't budge. I have tried walking him by himself, with my Papillon, with a collar, a harness. I don't know what to do. Please advise. This is becoming very frustrating!
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He's very young, and really to young to be going on any type of long walk. He's not finished his puppy shots and shouldn't be exposed to potentially deadly viruses like parvo or distemper.

He's also afraid to go on a walk due to being a baby yet. To him the world is a big scary place and instinctively he knows that it's safer to stick near his home. It'll be a month or so yet before he'll want to start going further from home.

For now try just taking him in the front yard, or back yard and play with him there. You can practice walking him on his leash there and once his puppy shots are finished start taking him a little further from home every day.
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A 9 week old puppy should not be going for 15mins-1hr walks. He's far too young for that and although socializing puppies young is encouranged, introducing too much at once will have the exact opposite effect. You will end up with a scared skittish and shy dog.
Start small with leash walking in the house, then right in the front and then a little further etc.

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I'd let him start dragging the leash while attached in the house. He will get use to having something hanging from his collar, gradually start to hold on to the leash, and walking tempting him with treats. He'll get the idea.
Short walks for such a young one, increase the time as he gets older.
He'll be just fine.
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He is too young to "go for a walk."

At this age he just wants to play in the yard and go potty there. Ten minutes in the yard is enough.
Don't force him to walk down the street. This is scary for him. His instinct says stay close to home and safety.

Soon enough he will get bigger and braver and want to explore. He'll let you know.

Remember, a puppy is not a miniature dog; he is a baby dog.
Just like we would not expect a toddler to hike up a mountain, we do not expect a puppy to walk the neighborhood yet.

Let a puppy be a baby dog while he is young. He will grow up more balanced if you let him mature at his own pace.
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When I got my puppy, she would move if I put the leash on her. It just took some time for her to get used to the idea, mine took several weeks. I didn't take her for walks, but the puppy class required the dogs to be leashed. I would just randomly put the leash on her at home for 15 minutes or so without holding the leash. After a couple of weeks, she was much more active with the leash on. I would say after a good three weeks, she didn't even notice the leash on her anymore. So just give your pup some time to play around with the leash and I am sure he will learn to like it, since it means going outside and explore!
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We trained both Flynn and Rhea to walk on leash by dangling a baggy of cooked hot dogs in front of their noses and handing them some every few feet. It was silly and a little messy but it worked. We started training Flynn at 8 weeks and Rhea at 10 weeks (when we got them) to do this. It helped to just get them associated with the outdoors. You just have to be careful where you take him as he's not fully vaccinated yet, and if he comes into contact with another dog's waste or anything that hasn't been vaccinated yet, it could mean he gets seriously ill. So just make sure you take him in safe areas. I still say it's good to get him used to being outside and being on the leash. With extra smelly treats like cooked hotdog or hamburger, he probably won't be able to refuse.
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