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How long does it take? We've had our Aussie for less than a week and I've been working with her on learning her name but it doesn't seem like she's getting it at all. She's very stubborn!

Also, since my yard isn't completely fenced in, I have to walk her on a leash. She fights me, freaks out, tries to get out of it or will lay down and not budge. Obviously, this makes it very difficult to walk her and take her potty causing accidents in our house. If I let her off the leash, she will get under our bushes, run into our driveway or our neighbors yard and will not respond to any command given (her name or "come").
How do I get my pup comfortable with the leash until I can get her better trained?
 

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Oh puppies, they are seriously the cutest, most frustrating little brats. Your puppy sounds like a bit of a drama queen ;)

Have you tried attaching the leash and collar inside the house and just letting her walk around with it on? Another option for outside might be to have a fairly long leash, which will allow her some freedom, but still enable you to control where she goes.

I highly recommend checking out Kikopup on YouTube, especially her puppy series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCwh7_SjUVM&list=PLF26FD559887E7EA4
 

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One of he biggest mistakes people make is over using a new puppy's name. In the beginning if you say it over and over constantly it has zero meaning to the dog. One thing my trainer taught us to get them to learn their name was to use their name ONLY as a marker preceding a command in the early months...such as "PAX...Come" the name being the "hey, get ready for the command" or attention getter "listen to me".

If you treat their name only as a marker cue, it will stick faster.

They key to that is have a bunch of nicknames for your "casual" conversation...fuz nugget, puppy, turd machine, silly...whatever works but use those in place of when you naturally want to use their name until they start to understand the meaning of their name.

I had to just laugh yesterday at the poor lady I saw yesterday just yelling her dog's name literally 50 times to try and get her to come at the beach. Dog didn't even flinch as the word had no meaning cuz she just kept yelling it over and over.
 
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