What to do if my dog ​​does not want to walk on a leash?

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The walk is an essential routine for the dog, since it depends on it that it can socialize, sniff, relieve itself and, ultimately, enjoy the well-being that corresponds to it. However, on occasions, it may happen that our dog don't be put on the leash or stop in the middle of the road and do not want to advance.

In this AnimalWised article we will show you how you should act to positively associate the leash, harness or collar, as well as some tricks to encourage your dog when walking down the street. ¿You don't know what to do when your dog doesn't want to walk on a leash? Below we solve all your doubts, take note:

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  1. Why won't my dog ​​let himself be on the leash?
  2. Walking a puppy on a leash for the first time
  3. What to do if my dog ​​stops when we walk?

Why won't my dog ​​let himself be on the leash?

There are different situations that can cause a dog not to be put on the leash. It may happen that we find ourselves before a puppy that never walked before or before an adult dog that is fearful or aggressive, maybe due to a bad experience in the past.

Except in severe cases of aggressiveness, in which case a visit to the canine educator is mandatory, we can follow a very simple procedure that will ensure that our dog associates the leash in a positive way. Before starting work, you will need to get hold of the job material:

  • Choose a booster to reward your dog: snacks or specific treats for dogs are generally used, however, some prefer toys and even caresses. Pick a reward that you think will work for you.
  • Get a leash different for working at home: it is important that the strap that we use to work at home is different from the one used for walks, since the second will probably be wrongly associated.

¿How to make a dog accept the leash?

Once you have everything ready, it will be time to start work following this Step by Step:

  1. Stand in front of the dog and hide the prizes and the leash on your back, both in different hands.
  2. Show the dog the leash, hide it and reward it.
  3. Repeat this procedure until the dog shows interest in it, sniffing it or similar.
  4. Once your dog does not react negatively to the leash, start with the approaches.
  5. Extend the leash slightly towards your dog, without buckling it, then reward him.
  6. Repeat this process gradually until the dog allows you to bring it up to the ring.
  7. Once your dog allows you to bring the leash up to his neck or to the ring, you will go on to fasten.
  8. Show the strap, gently fasten it and unbuckle it again. Then reward him.
  9. Follow this procedure gradually increasing the time the strap is fastened.
  10. Once your dog is on the leash, gradually reduce the prize giving.

Throughout this process we must be attentive to the canine language, to know if the dog is interested in chorea or if, on the contrary, it shows signs of fear or stress when working with it. Likewise, we must carry out several short sessions a day (between 3 and 5 minutes), taking into account that the process can take several days or up to two weeks, depending on the cause that causes the dog not to want to put on the leash..

¿And if my dog ​​does not want to put on the harness or collar?

In the event that the dog does not allow itself to be put on the harness or collar, the procedure to be followed will be the same as that we have detailed previously. We simply have to change the strap for the chosen walk tool, working in the same way with the reinforcements so that it associates it in a positive way.

Walking a puppy on a leash for the first time

The first walk of the puppy is always exciting, however, if our little one remains seated or does not know how to walk in the street, it can become somewhat tedious. For that reason, it is always recommended teach him to walk inside the house beforehand, so you know what to do outside the home.

If we have already managed to get the puppy to associate the leash in a positive way, we just have to start practicing. We should not expect that in the first contact shots he will walk correctly or walk calmly by our side, on the contrary, it is most likely that he will sit or pull hard.

We will start by simulating small walks at home, for example in a hallway, in which we recommend applying these guidelines and tips:

  • Encourage him to move forward with his voice, pronouncing his name in a joyful and dynamic way.
  • Constantly reinforce your puppy with your voice as he advances, so that he understands what you are looking for.
  • Stop when the puppy pulls hard on the leash, call him and change direction.
  • Do not tug on the strap to guide him, better pronounce his name and then pull gently.
  • Make sure all family members follow the same guidelines.
  • Avoid using choke, semi-choke or electric collars.

Do not forget that in the street the puppy will discover a lot of stimuli, so it is likely that he will be more agitated and curious. Act calmly and serenely, always following the same guidelines.

What to do if my dog ​​stops when we walk?

It may happen that, during the walk, the dog refuses to move forward, sitting down and even lying down. ¿How should we act in these cases? The answer is not simple, since depending on the cause that causes this behavior we will have to adapt the work in one way or another.

In some cases, the problems that arise during the walk are due to a secondary problem, such as fear or anxiety, while in other situations we speak of adult dogs that do not know how to walk on a leash. If this is your case, discover in AnimalWised how to teach an adult dog to walk on a leash.

Here we will show you 3 infallible tricks to get your dog to advance on the street:

  1. Practice at home: As you would with a puppy, it can be very beneficial for the dog to work at home, since it is an area with few stimuli that will allow him to concentrate easily. That will help him understand what you expect from him. Be very patient and practice regularly.
  2. Practice obedienceObedience is essential for the safety of the dog and to have good communication with him, but it is also a valuable tool to work on this problem. We can teach the dog to come to the call, in this way we can encourage him to move forward.
  3. Motivate your dog: many dogs decide they do not want to walk, since that does not bring them any benefit. We can motivate them to go to a specific place (such as the park), with toys or prizes.

To promote a good response from the dog and concentration, it will be essential to take walks in quiet areas or choose the hours with less influx of people. At first, we will perform short walks, but we must make them longer and longer, as the dog becomes more predisposed to walking.

During the walk we will allow them to freely smell the environment, since it is a positive behavior that relaxes them, but we must also let them interact with people and dogs if they wish. The goal is for you to enjoy an enriching and positive walk, so that you want to walk on a daily basis. During the whole process, we must not forget the importance of reinforcing with your voice and caresses, since that will favor the repetition of the desired behaviors.

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