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Hi guys,

Had my choc lab puppy spud since 8 weeks and he is now 15 weeks old and walking him is getting no easier, it's really frustrating me to the point I hate walking him.

He constantly stops and sniffs everything, I can't go a few steps without him stopping and sniffing the floor, wall, lamppost etc. I have to gently tug him to keep walking.

I've tried taking treats and that works whilst he sees them, as soon as they disappear from site he is stop, sniff, stop sniff again. A 20 min walk can take an hour at times.

Is there anything I can try? Dish guys experience this with ur pups? I'm willing to try anything else.

I use a harness for walks btw, and a normal leash attached to the collar makes no diff... That's worse in fact.

I walk him daytime and night, it's the same both times, but generally only once a day? Maybe if I walk him more would help?

He is a good, obedient dog and has learnt a few basic tricks very easily, it's just his walking I want help with.

I have him booked for a 6 week puppy training course starting 28th Feb, so hope that helps too.

Any help appreciated!

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It is frustrating when you start out, the training class for pup should help with the walking nicely.
With my first training class I did go and check it out before booking to make sure it was teaching what I wanted, this was for me and pup, as it is a two way lesson us learning together and how to show pup the ropes.
So if you haven't already observed the lessons then I would definately do so before signing up as it is expensive if it does not suit your requirements.
I am sure someone will come along with some practical tips for the walking in the meantime, but it may help if you can look out a training video on line, I really think this does help seeing how its done, ie holding the lead and getting the timing right for treating etc, anyway it will get better I promise its early days and I am sure its just a case of you maybe being a little more assertive and pup being able to understand what you are trying to teach him.

Good Luck - June
 

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Patience and repetition patience and repetition patience and repetition

We had the worst kind of puppy walk issue -- a dose of the old "puppy-wont-budge-itus"
Judy would randomly plonk herself down at any stage of the walk and refuse to move. It could be at the very start the middle or the end (when you might think it was exhaustion)
It used to drive us crazy and made us (mainly the missus) late for work many a time due to the morning walk going from 30 minutes to 50 minutes!

It was just a phase and one of those things. By staying clam and repeating the mantra of treats, distraction etc we got there

It will get better but take this as one peace of advice -- do whatever you can to get your dog to walk nicely on a lead! We failed with the heel on lead and are paying the price 6 years later. I blame extendable leads and inquisitive noses.

Keep the faith, keep the consistency and keep the patience and repetition and you'll be fine.

Also - puppy classes. Excellent. I think they should be compulsory and dont understand people who dont take new pups to them. Great source of socialization, learning and development. Well done.

Good luck!
 

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So you think if I keep the walking regular and maybe more often it will help? I mean, the more I do it the more bored he gets of all the different things he smells right... :p

Yeah I think I just need to do it more often, and he will get more in to it I hope.
 
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I'm not being funny, but you've only had the pup 7 weeks and because of the vaccinations have probably only been taking him out for about 4 of those, and you're expecting him to be perfect already. :confused:

He's only a baby. If you're walking him for 20 minutes, that's FAR too long a time for him to be able to concentrate at this age. That's like expecting a 7 year old to be able to sit and quietly read War and Peace.

You need to do little and often and make sure you're not setting him up to fail. Every time you ask him to concentrate for longer than he can, he is failing, and every time he fails he is learning that he can't seem to please you, no matter how hard he tries. In the end he'll give up trying.

Have a look at this link if you want some tips on the way to teaching loose lead walking successfully...... http://www.labradorforums.co.uk/27-training/98640-teaching-how-walk-nicely-lead.html

Also be aware that too much exercise may not be good for a pup with growing bones. It is recommended that they only have "forced" exercise for 5 mins per month of age, per day; so at 4 months old, 20 mins per day would be within the safe limits.
 

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Only go out for a walk when you have plenty of time - if you have to get back in a certain period then you can bet your bottom dollar that pup will be on a go slow and you'll get more and more frustrated which isn't good for either of you. So make sure you have plenty of time, stay relaxed and remember the world is SO EXCITING to a puppy, you take all these things for granted but your pup is amazed that everything and anything exists and so yeah they want to sit and watch and they want to put things in their mouth just like a toddler does, why not go out and sit on a park bench and watch the world go by, when your puppy stops wait and look around, my spaniel used to stop to watch birds in the sky, birds on lamp posts or wires and leaves she was obsessed with leaves I didn't see the appeal but watching her is funny, my lab was obsessed with things he could try to eat and making friends with every human being on the planet if anyone walked behind us he had to stop to wait for them, both had phases of the 'sit and refuse to move' over things with Sam it was electrical substations and a corner of a particular road which I never did figure out why he didn't like but he was certain that corner was evil, Jess hated vans after an ambulance suddenly put on its siren near us and she still hides behind me if she sees ambulances now - dogs will be dogs. Your pup is young go out and if you only get to the end of the drive in 20 minutes who cares, don't have a set route you must complete instead just go out and see where you end up or get someone to drop you off and walk back to your house instead of away from it, go to different places and walk there and only ask him for full attention for say five minutes then let him explore for a bit, build it up. Give your puppy lots of experiences and then given time and patience and good technique - see the thread Jules posted above - he WILL get it, don't expect too much too soon. :)
 

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Thanks for your advice so far guys, appreciated.

At least I do know for a fact Spud isn't the only pup stopping every second :)
 

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Oak's 8 months, and he still loves to stop and watch things :)
We've stopped and watched a lady do some gardening, a man inflating a car tyre, people getting on and off buses, the bin lorries - it's all so new and exciting to a puppy - I give him plenty of time to watch and sniff and explore - that's the whole point of walking him!
Just enjoy walking your pup and remember it's for training and socialisation at this stage, not exercise. :)

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Indy... had to say... loving your signature photo.
That looks like heaven on earth (but I'm gueesing one or two "****" moments now and then!!!)

A great looking three bandido's!
 
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