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May 17, 2013

Ask Dog Lady: His dog gets in the way


A: Walk your puppy with other dogs. Others with tails will motivate her. She will quickly learn how it’s done. Ask another dog keeper in the neighborhood if you and no-go puppy might tag along. For a recalcitrant puppy, the lessons learned from another of its own species could be the incentive to step along.

Walk — or try to — at the same times every day. Anytime you see another human at the end of a leash, follow that dog with your balking buddy. The more you tail other dogs, the more your puppy will get it.

Right now, there’s no incentive for her to move. Walking on the leash is a learned skill. As you encourage forward motion, coax puppy onward in a high-pitched, happy voice. You might feel a little stupid at first, but the right tone is key for moving in the right direction.


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