How do you get a low energy dog to walk with you?

My wife and I just got a puppy. IT is about 10 weeks old. When it comes time to walk the dog on a leash, he just lays down. If I start walking, he just drags behind me. Any suggestions for getting the dog to want to take a walk?

Perseverance! I had a dog that did exactly that – we tried to get him use to his lead by taking him for ‘walks’ round our garden – although this soon became known as taking the dog for a drag! It wasn’t long before he was dragging us along behind him as fast as he could go!! :-)

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  1. Perseverance! I had a dog that did exactly that – we tried to get him use to his lead by taking him for ‘walks’ round our garden – although this soon became known as taking the dog for a drag! It wasn’t long before he was dragging us along behind him as fast as he could go!! :-)
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  2. For my lazy as can be shih tzu it’s all about how much fun she thinks something is going to be. When it’s time for a walk, if I just put on the collar and leash she does exactly what yours does. Just lays right down and hopes you’ll carry her. If I put on the leash and say, "we’re going to have walkies! It’ll be sooo much fun! C’mon!" She’ll run in circles to get out the door. Pretty pathetic, huh?
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  3. I would go talk to your vet. It is very unusual to have a 10 week old dog not want to play and run, and in general cause you great grief (in the cutest way possible). A low energy puppy is usually a sign that something is wrong. He might just be missing his mother, but it could be something more serious as well. I don’t want to alarm you, because it may just be a lazy dog… but 10 weeks old… I would see the vet.
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  4. He’s not a low-energy dog, he’s just not leash trained. He doesn’t know what you want him to do – it’s up to you to teach him.

    Keep him close to your left side, step off calling his name and saying "let’s go!", keep your voice happy, talk to him, pat your leg and encourage him along, give him a treat for walking, whatever it takes. At this point, you don’t want (or expect) him to heel, just walk reasonably close to you, happily and without pulling. When he starts to pull, just stop dead. Position him close to you and start off again. He’ll get the hang of it.
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  5. it depends on how long of a walk it is !! puppies should not ,be taken for long walks. their bones are not fully developed yet.and it could cause problems for the dog later on in life.puppies tire easily and if you just got him ,he may not be used to being on a leash.
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  6. try a favorite toy ,and when he start to sit let him see it again,dont let him have it.or a snack that you keep in your hand let him keep smelling as your walking him to keep him going. after 5 mins let him have it. keep 2-3 in your pocket and start out with short walks.
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  7. this is normal. What i did was let my puppy grag the leash around the house for a couple of days,to get him use to the weight of the leash. after a couple days i picked up the leash and followed him around dont tug on the leash or anything let him its ok to be on the leash. after awhile he will walk with you if he tugs you pop the leash, you dont have to use a choking chain,i dont. Dont drag him, that may scare him. After a while he will get the hang of it. Hope this helped GOOD LUCK!
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    11 week pit ~Rozko~

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