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Old 12-02-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hi, our 4 month old yorkie we just got is having some issues walking on her leash. She walks and then sits if you go somewhere she doesnt want to go. Also she takes forever to go poop and pee, was just wondering how in the world is the best way to get to the point of healing?
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Looks like you've been waiting awhile for a reply. I'm a newbie, but when I try to walk Ruger on a leash he just sits down and won't go anywhere. If I take him to the park with my girlfriend and her dog he will follow her dog and poop and pee all over the place. At some point he just sits down, but my girlfriend's dog is a lot bigger and stronger, so I think little Ruger just runs out of gas.

Maybe a "play date" with a friend's dog, both on leashes, will help.
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You have to use the "nose magnet" to get him to go along. The nose magnet = delicious food. Try tidbits of boiled white meat chicken. Be really upbeat and lure the dog to go with you. Sounds like your dog has a lot of fears - puppy class is good for that so you might want to consider that.

Teddy had similar leash issues. He'd sit down, eat grass, sell one spot for 10 minutes. I just taught him the "with me" command, used chicken, and within no time he was strutting along wagging his little tail loving his walks.

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Pearl was like that too when she was little and I had first gotten her. I was always paranoid tof what the neighbors would think of me dragging her down the street. Once she learned our block and gotten used to our routes, she totally leads me, especially when she's trying to chase the pigeons and squirrels!
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Hi, our 4 month old yorkie we just got is having some issues walking on her leash. She walks and then sits if you go somewhere she doesnt want to go. Also she takes forever to go poop and pee, was just wondering how in the world is the best way to get to the point of healing?
You should get them used to just having the harness and leash on, before trying the walk

A good method is putting the harness on for a few minutes at a time when in the house and just let them get used to moving with it on. Once comfortable with that, attach the leash and leave it lay on the floor and let your baby just walk around the house and drag it (this too may take a few times to get used to also) just make sure she is always in your site

Once that is good, pick up the leash and practice a little bit at a time in the house, then in the yard, etc. Baby steps, not all dogs are instictively good on the leashed walk and must be trained to do so. Patience and persistence and reward. I would never drag them along to try to make them learn to walk, though.
Have you tried a puppy kindergarten class? Good basic training
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:38 PM   #6
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Wow and I thought Kobe was the only stubborn one. glad I am not alone.
Kobe does not mind his harness or leash. But he refuses to walk out of our yard. So we carry him down the road about 10 or so houses, whatever we feel like walking then Kobe has no problem with walking/pulling us home. I hope by doing this he will want to leave the yard on a leash one day without being carried. We took him to the dog park this past Sun, but there were no small dogs to run around with on our side only big ones in the big dog area. SO instead of running all over the area, My hubby and I would stand at opposite ends and I would call Kobe and he ran as fast as he could. lol We did this about 7 times untill I seen Kobe was slowing down and got a good day of exercise in. Next time I will have my hubby shake the kibble container so Kobe will run back to him, we had to keep meeting in the middle cause Kobe is one big Mama boy and only would run to me lol. btw he had his last shots today and did awesome. I was so proud that he didnt cry or squirm. He is 7.5 lbs now and will be 20 weeks this Sat.
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For right now, I think I would just say make it fun! Enjoy yourself and be sure your pup is enjoy themself as well. Worry about healing when they are a little older. To teach heal, I think the best technique I have found is simply when they charge ahead I say "nope" and I simply turn and go the other way. Each time they charge ahead I do this. It might take 100 times but eventually, they will get it.
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I'm glad I'm not alone! Ares is three months old, and I tried to walk him today and he was not having it! I was so excited that since he finally had his shots and could be around other dogs we could walk around! He's so little, he is a purse pup all the way! lol He likes to be carried but walking on a leash... not for the God of War! I'm going to try the chicken bits and give him some more time! Oh I have to be extra careful, the hawks took two yorkies and a maltese from our area this week! The vet almost gave me a heart attack when he said Ares might be in danger!
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This is my first post, so I'll probably mess up, but I did want to tell you the hint I picked up on leash training in the Petsmart puppy class. My 5 month old Izzie had always been resistant and I didn't realize until class that she was afraid. I thought she was just strong willed. The instructor told me to walk backward and tempt her with a treat. I couldn't believe how fast it worked.
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This is my first post, so I'll probably mess up, but I did want to tell you the hint I picked up on leash training in the Petsmart puppy class. My 5 month old Izzie had always been resistant and I didn't realize until class that she was afraid. I thought she was just strong willed. The instructor told me to walk backward and tempt her with a treat. I couldn't believe how fast it worked.
I tried the food and walking backwards but that didn't work. Ruger wears his harness everyday allday, so that's not the problem. The other day in the park I put the leash on him and just dropped it. The leash might as well have been tied to a tree. He'll romp and play with other dogs, but when I put the leash on it all comes to a halt.

I'm gonna let him drag it around the house, under supervision, and see if that helps. Part of the problem is that sometimes he will start shaking, and although it is cold here, he seems to love the snow and I don't know if he's nervous or cold.
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Mia is also 20 weeks and will be getting her last shots next week. I see that your baby is 7.5 pounds. I thought Mia was just a big girl weighing 6.1. My Kobe is 2 1/2 years old and is 8.8 pounds. The more to love.

When Mia first came home at 8 weeks, I put the harness on her and walked around the house a bit with it. She, of course, just sat there and chewed on the leash. but I took her out for tiny walks to the end of the driveway and back and now she goes around the whole neighborhood with no problem. She potties really quick too. I just open the door and say, go potty, and she runs outside, squats, then runs a little further and potties. Thank God.
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You've got a little new recruit
Think of walking on a leash like marching that cadets do in the army
They walk togther stop together ... turn togther
It's the same thing with dogs
They are pack animals and naturally want to walk when you walk
so tap into that instinct
The way to do it is take some times when you're not wanting her to poop or pee and where there are not too many distractions
get a lead that is on the short side
and just start walking with her keep her at your side
and just walk briskly
keep saying something like Come On ... or Hurry Up
and Good Girl when you see that she is coming along nicely
do not let her pull to the side or lag behind
do this over and over
and you'll see very quickly that she'll walk with you
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