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    So my 15 week old pup does something that looks adorable but I'm trying to determine if it's harmless or could lead to dominance issues.

    When we walk or go outside to potty, he walks around fine. At the end, when he knows we are heading inside, he will hold the leash in his mouth and trot back to the house. He doesn't pull or do anything aside from that but I keep reading that this could lead to issues. Is this true? Should I stop him?

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    Hmmmmm.... what have you read about this?
    Ours does this too, especially if he's overtired or wants to stir up some trouble, ha ha.
    Anyone else have input?


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    Sadie does this once we are heading back in the house too... I just let her.

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    he's a retriever, he's been bred to want to carry things.

    Believe it or not, most dogs aren't plotting a bloodless coup.. not every behaviour is a challenge for dominance.

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    Bristol does this at the ends of walks or when coming inside from pee break, but it escalated to him pulling and jumping at the leash. We got him "over it" for a couple months (around 5 or 6 months old) and thought we were headed uphill, but around 9 months, he decided he was going to do it again. It's really annoying with the jumping and pulling part (and embarrasing on walks lol). When he was a small pup, carrying it around was definitely cute though! (He's 11 months now, and we haven't kicked him of this old-new habit yet).

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    There was a golden puppy that did that in training. She's put the leash in her mouth and run! Not very fun when you're trying to catch her. She had an awesome personality but was a cheeky little thing!
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    Well good to know it's not a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris View Post

    Believe it or not, most dogs aren't plotting a bloodless coup.. not every behaviour is a challenge for dominance.
    LOL! Great line.
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    Casey my first lab did this all the time with no problem, Gracie does it too...but also begins to jump and pull with it in her mouth, so it can be a pain sometimes and Lola never did it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanny320 View Post
    Well good to know it's not a big deal.
    See I don't know.... I guess for many people it isn't a big deal... ours turned into a big deal. Not only does he act the way I described above, but he also does it if I even remotely start to run or jog (even if it is a ten second jog he is jumping at the leash and trying to pull it from my hand and not paying attention to what we're doing). But then again, maybe I have an entirely different problem. But for us, it just started out with the cute pup holding the leash as we walked.....

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