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I looked through the best advice thread and in all of my experience I have never had this problem. Rookie is great so far. Sleeping through the night...has picked up on his name, etc.

He won't accept a leash. I don't normally have a collar on him because I don't want to wear out the fur around his neck (because he's a show prospect), but in order to train him, he's gonna have to get used to a leash and some form of collar. He fights me all of the time on this. Rider never had a problem. NOne of our fosters ever had a problem.

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So when you attach a leash to the collar he bites and generally makes a fuss? have you tried letting him drag it for short periods a day while you distract him -- dinner time, training, playtime, etc., to take his mind off it?
 

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How old is he? I found that boys can be a little slow at times to leash train. The leash drag idea is good. Also try luring w/ kibble when he's hungry. Keep it short and very upbeat. It helps if you start working his obed off leash too, and luring at your side so he understands the concept of work. I don't buy into the no obed/heeling work w/ show dogs-- something we hear all the time at obed classes. My girls have all done a little conformation after their obed work was well under way. I showed my 2 3yo girls at the Intl shows in Feb to their CH's, and they both have CDX legs... they did great after I reminded them they had to stand (not sit pretty) in front of the judge on the down and back. :D

If he's a baby, I'd not worry about the collar crinkle at this point, but I would use a different collar (I like the cotton slip for show) than you'd use for regular obed work (I start my pups w/ the flat personally). -Anne
 

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I don't normally have a collar on him because I don't want to wear out the fur around his neck (because he's a show prospect)
You might try a round rolled leather collar. I prefer them because they don't mess up the fur like/near as much as flat collars do.
 

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Anne, he's 9 weeks. I didn't have a problem leash training my other boy, Rider.

Trickster, no, he doesn't make that much of a fuss, he just detests it. I have let him drag it around and it becomes a chew toy obviously. I've tried a nylon slip lead and a regular collar with a leather lead. He'll be starting puppy classes in May so I obviously need for him to get used to a lead (and not to sit down!).
 

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LOL. Well you know what they say about show dogs sitting in the ring... I've yet to see a judge excuse a dog for that!!!

He'll be fine... just a baby (he could be going thru a bit of a fear stage right now too so maybe not good to rush). Somehow you'll just have to figure out a way to make it seem like a good idea. ;) The fastest way to my Labs' hearts is thru their tummies!
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Soak the entire leash overnight in extra strength bitter apple (not just spray, dunk the whole leash in a bowl), and just leave it on him for an hour or so every day (best to pick a time when you can keep him occupied at the same time, playing a game or doing some training.
 

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he he he.... Today was Bono's "you actually won't die if on a leash" day too :)

When I left your house yesturday, I stopped at McDonalds and thought I'd see if the little pupster had to pee before the ride home. Because I was basically in a parking lot, I tossed a slip lead on him, carried him to the grass and set him down. All was well until he felt the leash get tight...then I had a flipping, screaming fish!! Families with little children were driving through the drivethru pointing at me with horrified looks on their faces, so I opted to skip leash training right then and just put him back in the car.

So....today we went outside, slip lead on, ready for fun. Leash got tight and he sat and leaned against it and began to whine. I pulled lightly on the leash and as soon as his back end came off the ground and he went to step forward, I threw a "puppy party" (Woohoo!! Good boy Bono!! Let's go!). At first, he would only take a step or two and then sit back down but then it kicked in. Now he's walking like a champ! Now that doesn't mean we won't have to revisit this lesson tomorrow ;)

Anyway, my rambling can basically be summed up by Just Walk and once he makes a move to come along, make a big deal out of it :) For what it's worth, he "got it" a lot faster than my girls, lol.
 

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Dani, this was something Henry's breeder suggested to me to get Henry used to having a leash when he was just tiny. Don't laugh but...try a cat leash. Honest. The clip on a regular dog leash is quite heavy. The clip on a cat's isn't. Sometimes, she said, pups don't like the extra weight around their neck.

Could this maybe be why?
 

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henrysmom said:
Dani, this was something Henry's breeder suggested to me to get Henry used to having a leash when he was just tiny. Don't laugh but...try a cat leash. Honest. The clip on a regular dog leash is quite heavy. The clip on a cat's isn't. Sometimes, she said, pups don't like the extra weight around their neck.

Could this maybe be why?
I stupidly didn't put a collar on Kassa until she was 10 weeks old. I had the same problem. All the collars were too big so I bought a cat collar and a left small peice of string dangling. Not enought to annoy her, left it on all day and took it off at night. After a couple of days she got used to it, and I put a longer thinner lead until she was o.k. (in many of her baby photos you can see the string.)She never did like heavy collars.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks guys! Last night we had success. I put a nylon slip lead on him and was going to walk him around the yard. I started with a "come on Rookie! Atta boy!" and he was walking beside me....then he stopped and put the brakes on and I gave him a gentle tug and a "ah, here puppy! good rookie!" and he started to come and walk again. It also helps when his big brother Rider is around because he wants to be near him all of the time.
 
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