Note: If you have more than one dog, practice the following leash training techniques on each dog separately, at first.
Hi, I have new Havanese puppy 10 weeks old. We dont take him out much because he gets cold and doesnt have all vaccines yet. The vet says we need to get him used to the leash so we can begin walking him outside and have him otty trained utside during walks rather than on the wewe pad at home. Our last dog was a german shepard, who loved outside even as a puppy. But our new puppy the one or two times we took him outside just sat there and wouldnt look at me. I tried to coax him with treats to play a little but he would not move (usually he runs to me the moment i say come or treat. And when I put the leash on him in the house to get him used to it, he just sits there and wont move. He wont come for a treat or ball or anything. Is he too young for leash or for outside? The Vet says we can take him outside but just not around other dogs. But he seems o afraid outdoors so ill stand for a long time and then give up and bring him back in. I then try to atleast have him get used to the leash for when he is less afraid to be outside, but even indoors he does the same thing and just sits there. What should i do?
I have tried the head-halti on my Siberian Husky and it is very effective at preventing pulling, especially for larger, powerful dogs. I used it initially when we went hiking at the park because there are usually many interesting things around and Shania would go a bit nuts wanting to get to everything at top speed. However, Shania really did not like wearing the head halti. In particular, she did not like the straps on her face, which I imagine, could be somewhat chafing. The thing with the head halti is that once Shania was not wearing it, she started to pull again. Therefore, I only used the head halti for high stimulus outings at the park. Otherwise, I continued with regular leash training – first shorter sessions, then I slowly lengthened the time as Shania performed better. For us, the head-halti was useful as a temporary measure to help Shania get enough exercise at the park. Use of the head-halti will depend to some extent on the dog. Some dogs are more tolerant of it, while others are less so. Also, it is important to fit the head-halti properly, and to only use it with a regular 6 foot leash (~not~ a flexi-leash). Improper use can cause damage to the dog. In terms of ~training~ the dog not to pull, it did not really do that in my experience. As soon as I took off the head-halti, and used a regular collar, Shania would start to pull again. It prevented pulling because it redirects the dog’s head, but with Shania, it did not retrain the behavior. Hugs to your Staffy. Let us know how it goes.
How to train your dog to walk on a leash, by Lili Chin
Dog Leash Training: Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash
Most leash pulling begins as soon as the dog sees the leash and knows she's about to go for a walk. If the walk begins out of control, the precedent is set for the entire walk. Before expecting your dog to calmly walk beside you on leash, train her to be calm when you are putting her collar and leash on!Most dogs learn very quickly that they must sit while the leash is being attached to the collar. They usually tremble with excitement, ready to explode into a frenzy as soon as this phase is accomplished. If your dog bolts toward the door, dragging you behind, then the situation is still out of control. Simply hold onto the leash, stand still and let your dog dance, ricochet and bounce around at the end of the leash. It may take 5 minutes or more, but she will soon realize that you are not going anywhere and will begin to calm down. When this happens, praise her for being good. After another minute or so, take your first step, but NOT towards the door. Instead, walk your dog around your house, garage or yard to give her a chance to practice her 'not-pulling' skills. Every time she pulls, lunges or strains on the leash, simply stand still again. When she calms down, talk to her, praise her calmly and quietly. Try to keep her attention on yourself instead of the door that leads to outside. When you feel that your dog is in control and she is walking nicely without pulling in your house or yard, then it is time to proceed to the great outdoors.