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Hi there - I'm trying to get Tobey to start walking on a leash, but all he wants to do is go across the street where his littermate lives. What's the best way to motivate him past this point? I'd love to start regularly taking him around the block.

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Take a handful of treats with you, and every bit past the house treat and praise. Soon Tobey will get the idea that going around the block is fun too!
 

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How are you holding the leash? The best way to walk a dog is to have the handle of the leash in your right hand & keep the dog on your left holding the slack end of the leash with your left hand but leaving sufficient slack as to not choke the dog.

Keep some treats in your left pocket & feed him just before & after you approach the house while telling him what a clever dog he is. He'll soon forget about the other dog. ;)
 

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Does your dog know how to walk correctly on a lead? If not then I would teach him that before going outside at all. The dog must be concentrating on you, as well as everything else.

A good way to get your dog to do this is by walking him on a choker chain and when he wanders off, give a correction and turn on your heel and walk the opposite direction for him to follow. Keep doing this over and over again until every couple of steps he takes he will check where you are. Once youve done that in normal circumstances then try it around distractions. Every time he goes for the dog accross the road, correct, and then turn and walk the other way and keep doing this until he gets it.

Dont make a sound when you correct him so that he has no link between you and the correction.
 

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kaytris said:
Please don't use a choke-chain with a puppy under 6 months of age, if at all.
Yea I agree, dont train the dog with a choker until he's old enough to be trained otherwise you'l be putting undue stress on the dog with little outcome. I didnt realize Tobes was still very young. When they are old enough to be trained though, choker chains can be a good training tool when used correctly. The aim is not to hurt the dog, but rather give the dog a little fright to get their attention. Smaller choke chains generally work better at this compared to large bulky ones. Its not the bigger the dog, the bigger the choke chain, get a smaller good quality chain and make sure its on the right way.
 

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Puppies are old enough to be trained the day you bring them home. How old is the puppy we're talking about? Young puppies aren't going to walk well on leash (they have the attention span of knats) and shouldn't be walked around the block/park/places where you don't know the dogs until they've completed their shot series.
 

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Too young to be out in public where unknown dogs may have been, but not too young to practice leash walking in your house or yard. Start out by letting him drag a leash around (under supervision). Then pick up the leash and walk around, encouraging him with voice, hand gestures (leg patting) and treats to move the same direction as you.
 

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kaytris said:
Please don't use a choke-chain with a puppy under 6 months of age, if at all.
I would recommend NEVER using a choke chain at any age. They can be put on wrong which won't release the dog. Even when they are applied correctly they can constrict down to the width of your finger, possibly causing damage to the dogs windpipe.
Don't use a retractable leash because it only rewards the dog for pulling.
I would recommend a six-foot leather leash because they are softer on your hands.
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Walking him inside the house on a leash is a great way to get started. We did this with Bauer all of time, also helped with potty training. I would put a leash on him when I was picking things up around the house. There were a lot of changes in direction, changes in speed, etc. He learned pretty quickly that he better pay attention to me.
 
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