I just got a 2 year old female English Setter who has never had a collar or been on a leash.
She has become accustomed to the collar, but when I attach the leash and try to walk with her she jumps and twists her head and resists. Any ideas on how I can overcome this?
on May 8th 2013
in Behavior & Training
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1st usually people buy puppies to train them to walk on leashes. But since you have her I have a question to ask you. Is she comfortable with you? Because all dogs are not use to their owners yet, and maybe she is just scared. If you she is use to you, allow her to walk around the house with you (or even outside). If you train her to come it could help. You might want to take her to so training. Petco has training and they teach dogs to walk on a leach.
Tedd "E" Bear answered on 5/8/13. Helpful? / 0
There are several things you can do. First of all..you want the leash to be a positive thing. You can get her used to it being attached while inside. Let her drag it around. Treat her if she lets you pick it up. Treat her if she walks with you holding it. When she is used to it inside, try it outside. A clicker can really help you shape a nice loose leash walk. The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller is an inexpensive, yet excellent book with a section dedicated to this.
Get some yummy treats & set off with a happy "let's go." Click/mark/reward/praise if she walks even a few steps with you. Repeat, repeat, repeat..increasing the number of steps before you mark/reward. Remember to be patient, consistent, and positive. You'll get there.
Back in the day it used to be called leash breaking not leash training. How would you feel if you spent your whole life free and somebody put a collar and leash on you? I've had to do it and it sucks but just keep doing it and it will get better. MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THE DOG A TON OF LOVE!!!!! They have to learn there is a reason for it.
Wiley gave very good advice.
Leash training is best started in the house, although of course you may have to put her on a leash to take her outside, depending on you yard and whatnot, maybe try a harness and see if she is more comfortable with that? But do train good leash manners in the house where there are less distractions, and praise and treat like crazy!
Lexus answered on 5/9/13. Helpful? / 0
We have had great luck with a special harness called -- Walk in Synch -- look it up on the web site. It hooks on at the front of the chest and provides great direction without all the head and neck pulling business that can be frustrating for both you and the dog. Also, check out the book called -- The Other End of the Leash -- it has some good insights about dog training.
Hank answered on 5/9/13. Helpful? / 0