I have a 4 month old Standard Poodle pup named Prince. He is a wonderful dog. I am just having the most frustrating time getting him to walk on a leash. We would only get about one maybe two houses down the street and then all of a sudden "boom" he just stops, looks around and refuses to move.
I do have to admit I made the mistake of trying to pull him the first day. When my wife saw me she corrected my bad behavior really quick (it didn't hurt that much). So I searched around online a little bit and saw something about just waiting for the dog to move and then starting back on your journey. But when I tried that it took me an hour and fifteen minutes just to walk to the library at the end of my block.
I am at my wits end. The dog does everything else OK. He uses the bathroom outside when he is supposed to and he is not overly aggressive. So is this something that will get better over time, something that can be corrected with training; or I am going to have to take a very expensive loss (stand in front of Comerica park and give the dog away to some lucky family). I just got rid of something just sitting around the house. My son just left for college.
I just want to go on some nice peaceful walks with my beautiful apricot Standard Poodle. And eventually get another one (white). So if you have any suggestions, please let me know what I should do. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
By Doggy Dave from Detroit, MI
Is it likely that the ground surface is too hot to walk on and the pup's paws are feeling it? My daughter has a "chi" and she never thought of how hot cement and pavement can be as people usually wear shoes and may not think about it. Try walking him in the shade of grassy park for awhile and see if that helps or you notice any difference. If the pup started out on the right foot of the walk and ended up sitting down on the job, it could be too hot where he's walking and he feels the heat off the walkway and is made uncomfortable. (07/07/2009)
Try getting some little bite size treats. Let the pup smell the treat but keep it just out of his range. As soon as he takes a step or two toward the treat, give it to him. Repeat this process, making him go a few more steps each time to get the treat. You are trying to show him that the idea is to keep moving forward. He'll catch on soon enough. The post from Lorelei is a good one too -- make sure the ground is not too hot for his little paws. Grass is a great starting point for this training. Good luck and don't give away your new baby. If all else fails, a professional trainer should be able to show you a quick fix in a lesson or two. (07/09/2009)
You need to buy a good 'dog training' book and follow it to the recommended letter. Some of it may sound quite cruel, but within just a short time, your walks will be so worth the effort, some pet shops have economical training classes, and are worth every $ spent. The habits you instill in this puppy now will be great rewards as the dog matures. Keep us posted! (07/09/2009)
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