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Old 11-08-2010, 03:47 PM
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won't budge on a leash

Hi I just adopted my new french bulldog puppy Beaumonte, he is 12 weeks. I recieved him saturday. Anyway i've been trying to get him going on leash training when i take him to the bathroom which of course is every hour or so. Anyway he'll walk with me for a bit on the leash no problem. Sniffing around etc. But then he will stop and won't budge, just staring at me. I have one of those extending leashes that can get about 15 ft out or so. Anyway he will just stair or try and pull away, i know not to tug hard or at all but if i give him even the slightest tug he resists and sometimes starts crying and yelping and waving his head around histerically. Not quite sure what to do with this. I've tried standing still waiting for him to come to me after getting tired of staying still and staring but he really just dosen't budge. Anyway any help or tips would be great. I want to be really careful with this situation and not freak him out about walking but also not reward him for holding his ground like he does. Thanks
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I know some of the others might have more detailed advice but I always have my dogs get used to the leash before walking them on it. Meaning: I put the leash on them when we're in the house and their busy playing or eating and most of the time they don't even notice it. Then I take it off if they start to look uncomfortable or are ready for a nap. Then I start leaving it on sometimes even when they take a nap. After a little while they are used to it and comfortable with it so they don't struggle against it like they normally would. And as far as him stopping I would just kneel down and call him in a sweet voice and maybe clap your hands a bit and he should come to you then of course reward him and then start walking again while talking in a sweet voice and encouraging him.
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Hes overwhelmed, so he is "shutting down". Its one of those things you have to be patient with him, often waiting it out. Attempts to encourage him by pulling on him (no matter how gently) will often just make him hunker down and stay more...Instead, when he does walk with you, occasionally offer him a treat for doing so, at your side..

.also when he does walk again after shutting down, praise and reward him. He's young and the leash + the big scary world are just too much for him after a few minutes, think of it as a computer with too many programs open, that eventually freezes suddenly from the overload

...so stay encouraging with him, this is totally a OMG I am scared! behavior.



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Good stuff, thanks for the advice.
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Gordon was the same way for the first few days I had him home. I brought a treat pouch with me and started by just luring him forward, then clicking and treating whenever he was moving forward. Now he's completely cool with it unless we're in a new area, and even then resistance is minimal.

It also helps if you're not continually looking at him. Generally speaking, if you continue moving forward in a confident manner (not when he freezes, you don't want to yank on the leash).
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1) Put the leash on the dog while he is in the house with you (take it off when you are not around so he does not make a toy out of it and destroys it)

2) In the house take the leash walk backwards facing the dog and calling him to come to you and you keep walking backwards (so he follows you) and keep giving yummy treat whenever you stop and he reaches you

3) When No2 is done many times and successfully walk in the house with the leash on and the dog next to you or behind you (does not matter) and praise when he walks fine with you (if for some reason he shuts down and stops don't make a big deal out of it) you can bent down and try calling him if he comes you praise even louder and happier and end the training there.
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Saw this thread, and I had to chime I have our now 10 week old Hound/Shepherd mix and she goes out walks for a bit and just sits....paying attention to every leaf that blows by. Think this is the same kind of shut down? I feel like she is trying to learn.
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Anything that moves, makes noise, etc is something new to her and she just HAS to find out what it is, you should not pay attention to what she does you should just keep going where YOU want to go not where the pup wants to go, you can easily encourage her to walk with you by showing a little treat or having her favorite squeek toy with you. Also, as stated before you should also leave the leash in the house as well so that she can get accustomed to it (and make sure she does not start biting it or tearing it apart)
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Yeah, give him time to get used to things. He's just a baby and does not want to go far from home/safety yet. Its like trying to go on a hike with a toddler... he's not ready yet.

I'm glad to see you back on the board now that your dog is here. Hope you hang around and post some pics too!
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