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When I put the leash on..

When I put the leash on my puppy becomes like a pet rock.. Dragging him everywhere, I do not know what to do and it is frustrating me.

Should I wait until he is older? He is 8 weeks old, or should I drag him around a bit until he gets use to it?
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Put a small leash on him and let him drag it around the house.
Occasionally pick up the other end and follow him.
Let him know how much fun you are having.
8 weeks old is very young for leash training but that will come
sooner than you expect.
Then your post will be, "How do I get my dog to stop pulling
me all over the place?"
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Put a small leash on him and let him drag it around the house.
Occasionally pick up the other end and follow him.
Let him know how much fun you are having.
8 weeks old is very young for leash training but that will come
sooner than you expect.
Then your post will be, "How do I get my dog to stop pulling
me all over the place?"
Hehe well I'm trying really hard how to establish dominance without hurting him.. He is driving me crazy though, house breaking is tough. So far he has ruined 2 of my plants, and alot of my tile! At times he is sweet but at other times he is stubborn .
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Hehe well I'm trying really hard how to establish dominance without hurting him.. He is driving me crazy though, house breaking is tough. So far he has ruined 2 of my plants, and alot of my tile! At times he is sweet but at other times he is stubborn .
Try the three Fs: Firm, fair and friendly.
And a C: Consistent
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At 8 weeks old, he is just a tiny baby. You've got to give him some time, and be positive with him. Make things fun. Forget dominance.

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Well what do y'all recommend the age I should start using a leash?
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Well what do y'all recommend the age I should start using a leash?
right away.
Like someone else said, just let him drag it around the house, the "give it some time" I believe is more directed towards trying to walk him, just let him explore the yard with it on, the house, etc. he will get used to it in no time


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Well what do y'all recommend the age I should start using a leash?
Yep, right away. Reward him with play or treats when he is ignoring the leash, hold it out of sight. Crate train him for house training and keeping your stuff intact.
Sign him up for a good puppy class. By the way, congratulations on your puppy. Don't forget to enjoy the cuteness if you can.
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you don't have to establish dominance. with training, socializing,
play, feeding, general care and loving everything falls in place.
make sure you take your pup out often. that will help with potty training.

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Hehe well

>>>>> I'm trying really hard how to establish dominance without hurting him..<<<<<

He is driving me crazy though, house breaking is tough. So far he has ruined 2 of my plants, and alot of my tile! At times he is sweet but at other times he is stubborn .
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Letting the puppy drag the leash around is a good idea. Make sure that you supervise him closely so that he isn't getting hung up on anything with it, and that he isn't chewing it into sections. The thin nylon leashes are cheap and light weight and perfect for this task. You do not want to attach a leash that is too heavy. That will defeat the purpose and confuse and frustrate your puppy. The leashes they sell for cats and small breeds like Chihuahuas are just about perfect for an 8 week old puppy.

As for teaching puppy to walk on leash? Hold the end of the leash in your right hand, have puppy at you left side. Bend over at the waist and hold a squeaky toy (of course, you should be squeaking it!), a tasty treat (or something else that puppy likes and wants) in your left hand, about 3-4 inches in front of his nose. When puppy reaches for it, move it forward just out of his reach, luring him into walking forward. Praise him like crazy in a high, excited voice. Do this for maybe 10 seconds at a time, off and on throughout the day.

Your puppy is just a baby. Don't expect too much, too soon. And I would not think about working with him in terms of "dominating" him. Everything right now should be super fun, and super positive. There is no room for "domination". Your puppy will look to you as a leader because you are fair and consistent, not because you can dominate him.

Have fun! I envy you having a puppy!
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