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    Hi everyone! We have a 3 month old great Pyrenees puppy, she just turned 3 months on the 20th. She hasn't been on a leash really at all, I tried to put one on her back when she was 7-8 weeks and she just sat there , would not walk. Now today I got her a larger collar bc she'd outgrown the other one, so I decided to put the leash on just to see how she'd do, well she ran forever and when I finally got it on her she would thrash and flop around like crazy every time I tried to pick it up or have her to walk to me on it or something. I know these dogs are very independent but surely they can be trained to use a leash?? We don't take her many places because she gets car sick :/ but we are wanting to get her into the petsmart class if we can get her to stop throwing up every car ride. My husband thinks we can train her ourselves though, since really all I want her to learn is not to have food aggression toward our chihuahua and to be nice to our kids(9,7, almost 2 and due in March with the last one!) and to sit if needed. Not sure if it will affect behavior but we plan to have her spayed in two months, right before 6 months old. I just wanted to see if anyone has any tips for getting her comfortable on, and not afraid of, the leash and collar, or just training in general. Thanks!

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    Have you tried just letting her drag the leash around just to let her get used to the weight of the leash? Or is she freaking out just with the leash attached to her collar without a human holding it at the other end?

    If she doesn't freak out with the leash just attached, then you can let her walk around and get used to the weight of the leash. Have very high value treats on hand and reward her for accepting the leash being attached to the collar.

    If she totally freaks out just having the leash attached without you trying to pull her, then try tying a shorter length of rope of some sort that isn't as long or heavy as your leash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewel View Post
    Have you tried just letting her drag the leash around just to let her get used to the weight of the leash? Or is she freaking out just with the leash attached to her collar without a human holding it at the other end?

    If she doesn't freak out with the leash just attached, then you can let her walk around and get used to the weight of the leash. Have very high value treats on hand and reward her for accepting the leash being attached to the collar.

    If she totally freaks out just having the leash attached without you trying to pull her, then try tying a shorter length of rope of some sort that isn't as long or heavy as your leash.
    She started doing a little better. I've been putting it on her inside and she walks around with it on (6ft leash) and she seems to be warming up a little to it but when we try to pick it up and lead her she's like omg what are you doing lol

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    I am having the same issue with my 2 1/2 months old girl. I started taking her for short walks every day, like to the end of the street and back, or to the mailbox and back. Often I have to drag her or entice her to start walking. Yet when we turn to go back home, she runs happily toward the house and can't wait to get inside. I am looking forward to taking her for walks on a leash, so this is definitely an issue for us to address as well. Like you, we plan on taking classes at Petco. But I hope with perseverance and patience she'd get used to walking on a leash eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie_love View Post
    I am having the same issue with my 2 1/2 months old girl. Often I have to drag her or entice her to start walking. Yet when we turn to go back home, she runs happily toward the house and can't wait to get inside.
    At her age it is normal for her to be reluctant to go far from her home. In the wild, puppies her age do not wander far from the den for survival reasons. They are still too uncoordinated to outrun any threat so instinctively they want to stay close to their den. Every step she takes away from her "den" she's venturing into the territories of other adult animals and increasing risk.

    I would just take her on very short walks and make things happy. It's not about distance, just make the experience positive with the leash.

    When Ren was 3 months old we were out on our morning walk one day and the trash truck came down the street and he totally freaked out. I had to carry him home. 36 lbs sure felt a lot heavier after a couple of blocks...

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