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.