My 7 month-old shipoo still will not walk on a leash. Also, he lays down and won't move if I put his harness on. He has a weak trachea so I can only use a harness. He seems depressed if I try to get him to do any of the above.
This makes training hard...I have had a few dogs and never had this problem,
How can I change this behavior problem without making it seem like a punishment to wear harness and walk on a leash??
By the way, I have tried to bribing him with all kinds of treats.... even cheese. We also have followed other dogs and he will walk a little, but then I have to carry him back.
Hi Rosa This does sound a bit extreme for an 7 month old pup, but it depends on how much practice he's had a leash walking. Most pups resist it at first and if you give in to that then it becomes an ingrained habit which can be hard to break.
As he has a weak trachea, the harness is definitely the best way to go and I would think that you really just need to keep practicing with him a little at least twice a day. The treats are good, but they don't work with every dog, perhaps a favorite squeaky toy would work if a treat doesn't? Some dogs are more toy-motivated than food-motivated.
A trick that sometimes works for a stubborn dog is to use a longish leash and if they stop or sit down, walk backward until you're several paces behind them, then jog or 'slow run' past them calling their name in a happy voice. Many times this will trigger the dog to run after you.
I'd also suggest enrolling your dog in a basic obedience class so that you can get some professional one-on-one help with this. It's much easier to do that than to try to solve this sort of problem online. A professional trainer will be able to evaluate exactly what's going on with your dog by watching him (and watching your interaction with him) and then advise the best way to overcome the problem.
I would also suggest that you have him checked out by your vet to make sure that he's completely healthy and that there isn't any underlying health condition that could be making it uncomfortable or difficult for him to walk.