I bought a toy poodle at xmas .from a privete house she is 6 years old.i do not know if she was abused or not she was very timed she is a lot better now she is house trained.but she will not go out for a walk when I put a lead on her she will not move I carry her to the corner of my road she will walk back but will not go pass my drive.i am 84 years old she is good company for me but I would like to take her for small walks . could you give me some advice please . maud XXX
I am sorry to hear of the problem you are having with Bonner.
I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.
I don't know if she was abused, or just never trained to walk on a leash.
One good place to start would be a good obedience class.
When I did an obedience class with my dog, one trick they taught us to get a dog to walk on a leash was "luring" her by getting a wooden spoon, and carrying a can of spray cheese. You put the cheese on the spoon, and walk with her on a leash, holding the spoon in front of her.
The trick is to hold the spoon just right so she can get it, but she has to walk to get it.
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If you try the luring, start doing it inside, and work up to going outside.
It really is best to have someone show you how to do it, like a dog trainer.
i will give anything a try.
Then an obedience class may be the best place to start, but you could try the luring technique at home.
When you do the luring, give a command like Heel, or With Me.
So she learns that the command means the same as walking on a leash, for the treat.
i do not know if there are any classes by me
You could ask local humane shelter, veterinarian, or pet supply store about classes or trainer.
i will ask around
That really is best. Are you living in a remote area, no town or city?
no i live in Halesowen
I am in the US so I don't know where that is!
Is that a town?
sorry i did not know that it is a small town
Then I would ask your local vet or shelter, and see what they say. There may be someone that does dog training.
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I will be checking back to see how she is doing.