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Any tips on getting boxer puppy to walk on the leash?

right now he is fighting the leash.. and FREEZES WHEN its put on him

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Rydersmommy616

Asked by Rydersmommy616 at 3:31 PM on Apr. 25, 2011 in Pets

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  • Ha ha. Sounds like a boxer alright! I grew up with boxers. you need to get some little dog treats and just start around the house with him wearing the leash. Start by applying slight pressure and bribing him to give into the pressure and come to you for a little string cheese, just a taste. In a week you will be able to apply the pressure and he will understand to move that direction. It takes some time, he'll get it!
    spottedpony

    Answer by spottedpony at 3:34 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • Lol. Is this Dexter? It is common for them at 1st to not like the leash. Just keep working with him. Start with short walks and increase the distance. We got the harness collars so we could put more force on movement and not hurt them. I swear my female walked only on her back legs at 1st. He will get used to it. Happy walking. :-)
    LeJane

    Answer by LeJane at 3:34 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • just take your time with him. try a harness. start in the house or in the back yard. starting in a place he is familiar with is comforting. also take small treat with you and praise him and talk with him. good luck
    sipn_mom

    Answer by sipn_mom at 3:35 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • ha ha dexter it is!! THANKS LADIES FOR THE ADVICE. the treats and the harness leash it a great idea
    Rydersmommy616

    Comment by Rydersmommy616 (original poster) at 3:40 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • In cases like this it's always beneficial to have him come to the leash instead of bringing it to him. They find it less threatening this way. have him come to the leash and give him a treat, then put the leash on him and give him another treat. Then let him walk around with the leash just hanging there (as long as you can supervise him) so he gets used to the feel of having it on. Once he is used to the leash being on try taking him for a walk. It's all a matter of getting him accustomed to the leash. Once he's accustomed you can take him to puppy classes to learn leash manners (don't pull, don't jump, etc.).
    MamaStuart

    Answer by MamaStuart at 3:43 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • I would also put the leash on him while he is home and get him used to it just being on him at first. Let him be the one to walk around and then work with him coming to you with treats. Then try adding the tension to the leash, etc. Just don't let him bite the leash.
    sondamom0828

    Answer by sondamom0828 at 3:45 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • Keep working with him, it will get better. Have little treats to give when he makes progress.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 5:26 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

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