|Nigel was around 10 weeks old when we started putting a leash on him in the house periodically. We put a colllar on almost right away, and only take it off at night for his crate. She will get used to it...at 13 weeks today he is actually doing pretty good on it in the house and in the yard. The street and sidewalks have a lot more going on, and he is harder to handle there, but we will start puppy class soon. We keep him on a lead a lot in the house to keep him out of mischief!|
Any tips on how to get her used to it without frightening her please?
This is what I do with puppies.
I teach them to walk with me without a lead. We practice in the hallway, outside in the fenced yard. I have a pocket full of teeny pieces of soft treats, like cheese, and give them out generously when the puppy stays close by. I use the words "let's go" to mean lets get moving. And as I walk I use the cheese often, just while we are walking together. When the puppy gets distracted, I let him/her sniff or whatever, so they enjoy the time on the walk. Then when I want to continue on it is "let's go" and off we go. This is easy to do when they are young, as they like to be close to their mom and dad, so normally will follow around like a baby duckling follows their mom.
Once the puppy understands this game I introduce the leash. There is no pulling or dragging or anything of the sort. The leash remains nice and loose, and I still use the terms "let's go" and the cheese.
IF the leash goes taut, and the puppy may fight it or pull back or whatever, I stand totally still. As soon as the leash relaxes for a split of a second I call the puppy over and with a "let's go" and cheese off we continue....WITH THE LEAD LOOSE...Even if you have to go in the opposite direction of where you were heading. This teaches your puppy that when you say "Let's go" and the pup goes close to you then all is well in the world again. Cheese and no more restraints.
The leash is not used to direct or pull or anything like that. The leash is required by law, and also to stop your dog from running out into danger. Otherwise I really don't need one for a puppy that walks close and comes running when it is time to continue on. But they do need to get used to them.
Just remember that your puppy is like a baby. The whole concept of you having the leash and the leash being connected to the puppy, and the tug meaning the puppy should move is totally too much for the pup to comprehend. They have no idea that it is you who are pulling them, and why. All they realize is that it hurts, and it is restricting them and they struggle to get away from whatever is causing them pain and discomfort. They often will freak out and panic...Why would they want to get closer to something that is so frightening and hurts? Certainly not something I would want my puppy to experience at all....Ever...Especailly when there is no need for it.
So lots of practice off-leash, then introduce the leash and act as if there is nothign new...Let's go and the teeny treats...A walk will be pleasant for both of you..
As you requested, this is one way of getting the puppy used to a lead without frightening or hurting him.
And thanks for asking!!
|thanks, that makes sense...will try later. Summer just did a funny thing...the pile of newspapers are on top of her crate or on a chair. She pulled one of the chair and weed on it. Then walked off. I wonder if she could have a little handbag with her own paper in in case she needs it!|
|Hahahaha! The newspaper thing is really funny, what a clever puppy
Good luck with the lead.
Summer just did a funny thing...the pile of newspapers are on top of her crate or on a chair. She pulled one of the chair and weed on it. Then walked off. I wonder if she could have a little handbag with her own paper in in case she needs it!
Omg, that is so funny. What a smart girl you've got!
|Wow, clever girl, indeed!! Sampson peed on my daughter's Summer School packet (a packet of worksheets she was to complete over the Summer and turn in at the beginning of this school year), so instead of "the dog ate my homework", she told the teacher "the dog peed on my homework". Fortunately the teacher was merciful, and excused Chloe from turning it in|
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