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Whenever I put Chloe on the leash she acts like she can't walk. She firmly plants her feet and butt and absolutely will not walk a single step. She's 11 weeks old, so is she just too young or is this the beginning of a problem? She has both a collar and a harness and she seems to be ok when she's wearing either of those around the apartment without the leash. She just acts this way when I put the leash on her. I don't want to drag her because I'm afraid that will just make her terrified of the leash, but I really don't know what to do. Any advice? Thanks!
 

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have you made it a fun experience? I first had to bribe Miya with treats and praise.
I don't give treats because I'm trying to only give those for potty training right now. But I do tell her she is so pretty and make it seem really great. It's worked with the collar. But not the leash.
 

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keep at it...I used a tiny harness....it was for a kitten..and a leash/lead.....I remember taking mine to the vet and telling him that he would not walk on the lead and he said keep at it..he'll get it and he did....I did offer a tiny treat the first few times I think...but I'd try a harness...the collar could easily caise damage to a tiny one...
 

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Try when you at home to to let her have her leash on and dragging it for a 15 minutes or so and while she got it on call her excitedly to come maybe with a toy in you hand likeyou want to play when she comes a few time dragging the leash do the same thing holding the leash and as she comes kèep walking backwards calling her to come get the toy let's play pretty soon she will walking farther and farther on the leash if you have a yard you can do it outside as well.
 

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you may have to drag her alot just to make her , it sounds wrong to force them but its the only thing as she prob just being stroppy! thats what tillie did on her first walk! lol maybe just take her out in a bag or something on the route you want to do? so she will get used to it? good luck! :) x
 

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I wouldn't drag her at all, it makes it an unpleasant experience for her, she won't enjoy it and it could hurt her paws, I had people tell me to do that with Sugar at first but these were lab owners, I think chis are way too small to be dragged.

Sugar was just like that, so stubborn and wouldn't move to begin with. What I did was -make sure I had a load of time for each walk, bring her away from the house so she couldn't keep looking to the door to go back in. I would put her down on her lead and all and just wait.......every time she took a step on her own I praised the life outta her and walked with her! So at first she led the walk, it took ages each time, but eventually she realised that walking is fun! she now walks perfectly and happily, u just have to be soooo patient, don't be afraid to just stand there and let her look around her at first, being outside is all new to her, once they get used to being outside they walk much easier.

Hope that helps a bit x
 

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Ps not many wud recommend this for a chi pup, but it worked for me- Sugar hated the lead, she would walk freely outside without it if I let her, she just hated the lead, so if u think it's the lead that's bothering her, I got Sugar a stretch lead. I would give her length on it and let it drop loose so that she felt she was a bit more free, and I would walk alongside her, now she can walk on a normal lead no problem. (I never let her on a loose lead near roads or anything, always in a safe area before anyone says anything!)
 

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Ps not many wud recommend this for a chi pup, but it worked for me- Sugar hated the lead, she would walk freely outside without it if I let her, she just hated the lead, so if u think it's the lead that's bothering her, I got Sugar a stretch lead. I would give her length on it and let it drop loose so that she felt she was a bit more free, and I would walk alongside her, now she can walk on a normal lead no problem. (I never let her on a loose lead near roads or anything, always in a safe area before anyone says anything!)
Thanks, I'm willing to try anything at this point. I think it's a combination of being afraid of the least and afraid of being outside. I've tried walking her inside and outside multiple times each and neither work. My mom came to visit and suggested taking her off the lead (we weren't near any roads or anything unsafe) and walking a little away to see if she would even follow us. She stood completely frozen and wouldn't move at all for a solid 5 minutes.

I take her with me to a lot of places and when we come home I put her in the hallway of where our apartment door is and make her walk home and into the actual apartment by herself without the leash. I've seen some improvement with this. So hopefully I can eventually put the leash on her during this short little walk.
 

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I would try putting the leash on her in your apartment and just let her walk around and drag the leash, it gets her used to the feel of the leash.
 

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Odie was exactly like that when she was a puppy. She was fine outside in a backyard, but once she had a harness and leash on in the "real" world, she was terrified. It took quite awhile for her to "get" it, but it happened, and now she loves going for walks! We would put her harness and leash on and carry her to a grassy area, and she would just stand there, refusing to move. After quite a few times of doing this, she started to move around a little bit. When we took her to a pavement sidewalk, my husband would go a few feet in front of me, and call her to come to him and then pick her up. Little by little. The things we do for our dogs.
 
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