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Mr. Sherman doesn't want to walk

So Sherm is pretty good. He sits, gives paw, and goes outside about 90% of the time. (Few slip-ups here and there) but one thing I need some advice on is walking with him on the leash. He pretty much decides when he wants to not go where I'm going. He'll put on the brakes and even fight back sometimes. Just looking for a few tips on getting him to cooperate on the leash better. 

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Pegsy's picture

i love the name btw! i didn't

i love the name btw! i didn't have much of a prob w/my archie b/c he loved walking or being outside 'cept when it was raining...he even made sure to walk around puddles,lol
if you see that nothing seems to be working,maybe a few tips from a trainer perhaps?

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Thanks

Well he likes being outside and walking. It is at certain times he does this like when he doesn't want to leave my friends house where his dog buddy lives or when he wants to keep enjoying attention at the vet. I usually have to give up and carry him. Lol

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The carrying thing will only work for a while :)

First of all, Sherman is amazing! What a little doll - and I mean that in a manly way, Sherm!

My Stella didn't like learning to walk on the leash either and, in fact, hated walking her whole life :) I still dragged her out for walks though! I did learn a couple of tricks.

Always have a couple of treats in your pocket to entice him to walk when he doesn't want to. A bulldog will never turn down a treat!

Also, when you can, have him walk with a friend. They seem to love the interaction and will follow other eager walkers. I realize this isn't always possible, but it will at least give him the message that walking is fun!

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Thanks I will try that

And yes. He's about 20lbs now and it's already not really working for me lol. When he's full grown that will be a sight to see when I'm carrying him to the truck. 

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

What we do with our guys is...

we go wherever they take us.  They pretty much have their own agenda when it comes to walks lol.

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We aways lived in an apartment

So Chef D never really had a choice other than walk.   I used treats a lot to get him going.  I dangled it like carrot.  He would do anything for a treat.

  If the conditions were right I would just drop the leash and walk away.  He did NOT like me leaving him.   I would make it about 5 feet before he was running to catch up.  After a few times of doing that he started to realize he wasn't going to win.  Sometimes, I found the first 1-2 blocks were the hardest.  There was pulling involved, but after that he got his grove on and didn't have a problem finishing his walk.  Or should I really say, after the first set of people showered him with attention he wanted to continue.

Since he was about 9-10 months old he has been  fine with walks, actually enjoys them.   Barks at the door almost everyday around noon for me to take him.    Sometimes he doesn't want to go and will just sit down.   I tend to give in and not go.  Since we take 2+ miles walks 3-4 times a week, I figure he is entilted to tell me he is not in the mood that day - LOL.   

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Chef d haha

He looks cool. Yea I think I will try the treats. The attention is actually part of his problem. He won't keep going after a person "ahhhhhhs" him he would rather hang with them than come with me. Seems like the best way I could get him to go where I want is have friendly strangers as treats haha

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We gave Chef a treat for being "nice" to people

So when we come up to people and they ask to say hi we say "Say HI Chef".  He goes over, gets attention, maybe gives a high-five or something.  Then we gave him a treat.    The next person the same thing.  So as time went on he knew he would get a treat for letting people pet him and just being generally good.  

Now that he is older we don't give treats out as often, but he still loves the attention and taking those walks.

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Take his favorite small treat

Take his favorite small treat with you when your going on a walk. Let him smell the treat in your hand, but don't give it to him just yet. Your trying to get his attention while your walking. Give it to him when his able to walk at least a block with you, perhaps half a block just to start out being he's so young.  He'll get the idea that there's gonna be a treat when walking with you. Molley was the same way when she was that young. After he's able to go a block by your side than slowly stop the treat and mix it with patting and rubbbing him with the treat. This should work after a week or so. If not be patients, he's young and just wants to sleep, that normal.

Sherman your so DAMN Cute man....

Aude` and Molley.