How Can I Get My Chihuahua Used to a Walking Leash?

My chihuahua is absolutely terrified of leashes for some reason. When I latch it on, he freezes in place and trembles nonstop. When I take it off, he runs away and hides like if I’m torturing him! How can I get him used to it? Just the sight of the leash makes him run away.

Clip the leash on him & let him drag it in the house. He may shake & be upset to start. Just ignore that behavior. When he settles some. Take a hold of the leash & call him to you for treats. Take a hold of the leash & call him to you to get pet. Take him on leash to his dinner bowl. Won’t take long for him to associate the leash with good things. Then you can progress to taking him outside with the leash on. At first, just like a puppy, you follow him where he wants to go & sniff. Then you encourage him to walk along with you for treats & praise. Don’t carry this guy around. Anywhere he wants to go, he goes on leash & walking. Soon he’ll be begging you to put that leash on so he can do fun stuff.

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  • Karlynne S

    Train him to understand that being on a lead means walks & walks are fun persevere & you will both reap the benefits
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  • animewolfluver

    try leaving the leash on the floor and give him treats when ever when ever he comes close to it and show him that the leash is a good thing
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  • bcdawgma44

    Clip the leash on him & let him drag it in the house. He may shake & be upset to start. Just ignore that behavior. When he settles some. Take a hold of the leash & call him to you for treats. Take a hold of the leash & call him to you to get pet. Take him on leash to his dinner bowl. Won’t take long for him to associate the leash with good things. Then you can progress to taking him outside with the leash on. At first, just like a puppy, you follow him where he wants to go & sniff. Then you encourage him to walk along with you for treats & praise. Don’t carry this guy around. Anywhere he wants to go, he goes on leash & walking. Soon he’ll be begging you to put that leash on so he can do fun stuff.
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    I trained a friend’s adult yorkie. She was gravely ill in the hospital & the dog had never worn a collar or leash. Only took a few days for her to get it. Taking her to her dinner bowl with the leash on really worked. When my friend got well, as part of her rehab she was able to take the little dog on walks everyday.

  • THE Cupid HATER

    Rub the leash with a piece of meat!?
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  • Skyleaf

    Leave the leash somewhre where he can’t NOT go, and maybe scatter some treats around it. Leave it there for a few days. For exercise, let him out in the garden (if you have one) for exercise etc. When he seems used to the lead, just jingle it a bit when he is watching you, and if he acts normal praise him. Keep jingling it a bit closer to him every day and porasing him when he behaves well, and when he seems OK, feed him a treat and clip on the lead. If he doesn’t react, go crazy. Praise him, stroke him, give him a treat… keep doing that, and eventually he should be ready to go for a walk on the lead. Be patient, it might take a few days or a few months, but you will get there in the end.
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