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.