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    Pip is now 14 weeks old. Every morning we go for a walk, 10 mins on leash to the local soccer pitch, about 20 mins off leash walking, then another 10 mins back. All easy, nothing her developing bones can't handle, mostly walking and I encourage her to run a little bit, because otherwise she doesn't leave my side.

    We have some issues, though. Firstly, she hates her harness - I have to restrain her just to get it on. We have tried slow intro's to it - letting her sniff it, leaving it on her while we feed her treats etc, but as soon as she gets a chance, she chews it off her - she has already destroyed one.

    Harness on, we have some difficulty getting the leash attached, usually over come by bribery.

    I walk through the door, Pip sits and looks at me. If I let go of the leash and walk away, she just stays put. I pretty much have to force her to leave the house. Then, same deal with leaving the garden. Once we are out of sight of the house, she alternates between pulling back, chewing on her lead (if I give her loose enough leash) and walking normally.


    She stops for a poo in the same spot each time, regardless of if she needs to go or not. If she has already gone, she'll do a tiny one, I think, just to make me pick it up :P

    When we finally get to the park, she walks happily with me, greets strangers happily, will greet dogs happily too, if I allow it (she gets very over excited, so I am trying teach her not to go bounding up to people/ dogs) She is the perfect confident puppy.

    Finish in the field, back on leash, same game of bribery, off we go home, walks beautifully until we reach our block, then she tries to drag me home.

    I don't know what the correct course of action is here. Should I continue to force her to go for walks when she doesn't seem to want to? So far, I have been clicking and treating when she walks correctly and ignoring and continuing to walk when she is being fearful.

    She doesn't react to traffic or people, or any thing specific - so although I am aware that its a very big world out there for a tiny pup, I can't work out what it is that is worrying her. She doesn't have any of these fearful reactions if we take her somewhere in the car and then walk, though she still doesn't care for the harness.

    She definately needs to walk, she is a high energy puppy as it is, without her walk I would have an uncontrolable hell demon instead of a dog

    Oh, and I can't use just a collar as she chokes herself.
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    Most puppies don't like walking at the start.. But she will warm up to it and become excited when it's walk time soon enough. Might take abit. If she is fearing something.... like a dog behind a fence or something.. Someone on here has said before that you should train her to ignore other dogs, Like sit here near where there is a barking dog behind the fence and just have her sit and give her treats when shes paying attention to you. And with the pulling thing, every time she pulls, stop. wait till she has stopped pulling, then walk again, you may need to do this alot, but she will learn to eventually not pull. You can also when she's sitting and not walking to walk.. she could be nervous, obviously because she isn't used to it. when shes sitting/stopping get down to her level and gently pull the lead and call her and give her praise and encouragement to walk. You may need to do this alot at the start but you're just trying to tell her it's ok and not to be scared. As for the harness, you're doing the right thing there, just keep giving her treats when shes wearing it, even if you have it on her for five minutes give her treats then take it off etc.

    Ummmm i can't think of anything else but i really hope this helps you.

    I haven't got up to this bit with my puppy as she hasn't had her third vaccination yet. So i am looking forward to having the same difficulties as you. lol

    Good luck!
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    Chill, in no time at all, that pup will be going nuts if you even so much as move toward a harness.
    I have one that screams the minute it come out, till we are under way. Remains in a sit, at the door, being perfect pooch, cept he's screaming his head off.

    Twas me that recommended taking dog to a fence with a dog barking behind it. But id get this pup confident on walks before we get to level 10 training stuff.

    Im good with the dont move unless dog is not pulling. Like it a lot. You could rethink the flat collar. And train with that.
    either require lose leash walking, be it harness or flat collar. This method means saying goodbye to walks per se, more taking 10 minutes just to get to the end of your drive! but it works in a week id say.
    There's the stand till dogs not pulling, or move in opposite direction to pull. But as this generally involves yanking, i prefer the former.

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    I am with you on the learning to walk loose leash, it is a looooong journey for us and I am still walk and stop. It is a dreary process. I think it is better than it was but still the issue that dominates a walk.
    We had a harness until she outgrew it (she got used to it eventually) and it didn't stop the pulling, just made it easier on my arms.
    How do you teach them to ignore other dogs and people when you walk? I think I have the friendliest bc ever hatched! Or is it not really friendliness? At least she is now rarely rushing up and rolling over and wriggling madly, but unless on leash WILL go and say hello to anyone.
    I thought the breed was supposed to be a bit standoffish?
    Persist and be patient, may yet get another harness but it isn't as pleasant for her running off leash at the beach.
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    Have you tried just a flat collar? My dogs prefer a flat collar to anything else.


    Set aside time for encouraging puppy out the front door. I'd do it at meal time when puppy is hungry and feed puppy it's meal while training it to walk in and out the front door and have it's lead attached.

    Have you tried to think what is putting puppy off going out the front door, do people slam it? has the wind caught and it's slammed when puppy was near it one time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    I am with you on the learning to walk loose leash, it is a looooong journey for us and I am still walk and stop. It is a dreary process. I think it is better than it was but still the issue that dominates a walk.
    We had a harness until she outgrew it (she got used to it eventually) and it didn't stop the pulling, just made it easier on my arms.
    How do you teach them to ignore other dogs and people when you walk? I think I have the friendliest bc every hatched! Or is it not really friendliness? At least she is now rarely rushing up and rolling over and wriggling madly, but unless on lash WILL go and say hello to anyone.
    I thought the breed was supposed to be a bit standoffish?
    Persist and be patient, may yet get another harness but it isn't as pleasant for her running off leash at the beach.
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    You could try the getting her to sit where theres dogs behind a fence nd give her treats - attention on you not on dog. But as bernie said thats like level 10 stuff. maybe you could try it with a squeker toy, squek the toy and then try and get attention on you instead..
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    So this morning we had a more sucessfull walk. Taking your suggestions on board, after getting her harness and leash on, I opened the door and stood outside and waited, not letting her go back, but not forcing her out either - eventually, she stepped through the door, click, praise, she tries to retreat to the house, I don't let her. Lock the door, let her explore the garden, on lead, but I didn't try to direct her, just let her get her bearings. When she was done exploring, I tried walking down the drive, she pulls back, I stop moving, she walks, I walk and praise. Took about 20 mins to get to the end of the driveway.

    After that, she walked beautifully all the way to the park. On the way back, she pulled a little when she could see the house, but got the idea pretty quick when I didn't move.

    She's not afraid of barking dogs - distracted, but not afraid. No fear of traffic either, even when it passes right by our path.
    I think her fear is lack of trust in me - she doesn't behave this way when my OH walks her, he is definately her favorite person.

    Anyway, I think we have made progress today and we had a much more pleasant walk.

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    Good to hear.
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    LOL....i was going to say if all else fails give a check chain a go. But then remembering the size of the pip that was never going to work.

    Can you imagine checking a dog that small ???? Thats when i could clearly see the damage one of these chains could do to a dog. It's almost funny to think of......kinda comical even. Poor Pip
    Glad to here things went better this morning. Sounds like your both doing really well. Keep it up !!


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    Kinda comical, Sean, in deed. On week 1 of GSD puppy class, in came a group of shall we say, probably been up all night, for many nights, very thin folks who spoke loudly and rapidly aka: amphetamine users. and their 10 week old GSD had a choke chain on it lol

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