Training 10 week old puppy to accept lead??

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AnnieP1 Sun 19-Aug-18 11:29:45

Any advice on how to train a puppy to accept a lead? Roxy is well used to a collar but is like a fish on a hook when I attach the lead! Puppy training book suggests putting a lead on and letting the puppy walk around with the lead trailing behind - this is ludicrous she would destroy said lead in minutes. Have tried the coaxing with treats but she just lies down and tries to get the lead in her mouth to chew. She will have had her vaccinations in a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to taking her out for a walk.

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missbattenburg Sun 19-Aug-18 11:39:49

Clip lead on, hold the end and give treat immediately, take lead off.

Repeat, repeat repeat. Once you are happy she ignores the lead for the couple of seconds it is on for, slowly increase that time.

e.g. lead on, wait a second while holding lead, treat, wait a further second, lead off

lead on, wait 2 seconds, treat, wait 2 seconds, lead off

and so on.

Vallahalagonebutnotforgotten Sun 19-Aug-18 11:54:15

don't use a lead just trail a very light short piece of string to the collar, put it on at meal times then remove .

Gradually over time increase the length and the weight.

BiteyShark Sun 19-Aug-18 12:38:24

I hear you OP, mine would have chewed and ingested anything trailing behind him. In fact his puppy leads are half chewed through (no idea why I still have them). Trying to get him used to it in the garden was futile.

I ended up waiting until he was able to go outside and then he ignored it as there was more exciting things for him to notice.

Nesssie Sun 19-Aug-18 12:49:09

A thin lightweight chain lead may help as the puppy can’t chew it. I used one when my dog started chewing and biting the lead, then after a while was able to change to a material lead.

AnnieP1 Sun 19-Aug-18 12:50:14

That thought had crossed my mind BiteyShark but would like to at least get her used to having the lead attached and walking a short distance in the garden. She will follow a trail of treats no problem but once these are finished it's back to attacking and biting the lead.

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BiteyShark Sun 19-Aug-18 13:01:40

Totally understand why you would want her to get used to it.

I tried to do the same but my bitey puppy had other ideas grin.

Good luck and hope someone suggests something that works for you.

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Lucisky Sun 19-Aug-18 22:04:00

Yes, mine was a bit like a fish on a hook at times. We did a lot of lessons in the house, and I tempted her to walk forward with a tasty treat until we could eventually walk the length of a room. We then graduated to the garden and so on. One thing though, I used (and still use) a harness, as I prefer it.

AnnieP1 Mon 20-Aug-18 07:38:37

Thanks for the advice! Will persevere and as I am new to all this will no doubt be coming back for other info in the coming weeks.

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