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Old 06-12-2014, 08:15 PM
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Walking my Pup is always a battle!

I have a 6 month old puppy, he has made a lot of progress walking on the leash but it is still a struggle. Usually when i walk him he will just sit not wanting to move, and i end up just pulling him... its become such a hassle. I want to be able to take him on a long walk to release some energy and maintain a healthy life style. Every time i take him to a near by trail or walk with him out side my apartment complex i end up pulling more than half way through the walk. BUt when its time to turn around and head back home, he will start run all the way home!! What is the best way to train him? will he ever grow out of being scared?
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It sounds like you're the one pulling on the leash, and not your dog, but these videos should help nevertheless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHwu0T7PoSw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voW2Vkq0u6Q

Definitely STOP pulling your dog along and consider getting him a harness. All of this pulling can injure your dog's neck.

Try starting with shorter walks and then build up.
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What kind of socialization did he get as a puppy? At what age did you bring him home, and what steps were taken to acquaint him with the world outside? And perhaps most importantly... where are you trying to walk him? Is it a very busy area? Are there any noisy things like construction sites around your place? Is it near a busy road?

Puppies can get timid on walks for a number of reasons; usually they are simply very unfamiliar and overwhelmed by the surroundings. With normal walks during puppyhood focusing on socialization in the 4-14 week window, this shouldn't be a problem, but even then something noisy or visually striking like a diesel truck or a recycling bin can really upset a young puppy.
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I think ill look into getting him a harness! I got him when he is 2 month and he has a lot of socialization with other dogs. He is actually very friendly with other dogs, and wants to go and say hi to them all the time! The road i walk him on his a bit busy...
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What makes you feel that he's fearful? And what seems to be triggering his fear? People? Cars? Bicycles? Inanimate objects like trash cans?
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