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Dear Daisy Dog

Kiwi, our bichon/shih tzu puppy, puts on the brakes when we walk him on leash. I tried attaching the leash to a harness instead of a collar, but it worked no better. What should we do?

Daisy Responds

Mom adopted me when I was five, and because I had never walked on a leash, I behaved the same way.

She taught me to see leash walks as fun by enthusiastically praising every step I took. We dogs respond well to the positive reinforcement of “good dog!”

As we walked, Mom held before me especially yummy treats reserved just for our walks. Every few steps, she gave me one.

Mom also taught me to enjoy the leash by walking me to fun places, including the park and friends’ homes.

Finally, she helped me feel confident while walking on leash by enrolling me in a dog obedience class. There I learned to walk near other dogs and people without fearing them.

Make leash walking fun -– full of praise and rewards -– and Kiwi will soon enjoy it as much as I do.

 

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