Is it too late??
I have a 8 month old male puggle. I'm needing to break him to lead and so far it hasn't worked very well. He'll let you put it on his collar but then the fight is on. He goes from trying to jump up and grab your hand, to just tugging and tugging on it and shaking his head, to just laying down while holding the leash in his mouth and looking up at you.
We have yet to actually get him to walk with us while on the lead. He's very stubborn. I love him to pieces and i feel that i've got to get his little issues under control, he isn't a bad puppy he's just hyperactive!! But, have i waited too long to start ''training'' him??
Wat can i do to have the puppy i want that i can take out of the yard and not fear that he's gonna break off the leash and be gone..??
It certainly would have been easier if you'd started leash training earlier, but you can still get your pup leash trained - it will just take longer :o)
After 8 months of freedom, it's natural that your puppy wants to fight the leash, he doesn't like being constrained in that way.
As he is now an adolescent, I would strongly suggest that you enrol him in a basic dog obedience class. One of the things taught in that class will be leash-work, and having a qualified, experienced trainer to help you will make the whole process so much easier.
Meanwhile, try to get your pup accustomed to wearing his leash. Get a cheap, short, light leash and attach it to his collar. Then let him wander around the house with the leash on, without you on the other end! He will get used to the feel of the weight of it gradually. Obviously you need to supervise him during these times though, as a trailing leash can get caught on all kinds of things and be dangerous.
Once he's grown accustomed to this, pick up the end of the leash and follow him around. This way he will get more comfortable with you holding the leash. When he's okay with this, move on by holding a treat out in front of his nose, and encouraging him to follow you. Just a few steps and then give him a treat, then repeat... and repeat... and repeat - you get the picture! *Note - make these tiny treats, that way he can swallow them down and keep moving.
Remember though, this is going to take a lot of time and patience. But if you go slowly and are consistent, he should 'get it' in time. Also, definitely get him into an obedience class as soon as you can.
Best of luck.