I have recently been trying to take my four month old Jessie for walks in the mornings (now that she's had all her puppy shots).
For the first several days, I used just a lead hooked onto her collar. It's been a bit difficult to get her going though. Sometimes she walked beside me, then she'd lunge ahead, then she'd just stop and sit and I'd have problems coaxing her to come. I was encouraging her to not pull on the leash by stopping and getting her to sit before continuing. Good days and bad days. I noticed that her neck was getting a bit chafed from the collar when she pulled, so I went and bought a Halti thinking that it would speed up the process of her learning not to pull, and it would mean her neck wasn't getting chafed.
But she hates it. The first couple of days I got a few metres out of the yard before turning back, then we got the half hour walk around the block a couple of times, stopping and starting, so that was a step forward. But then the last couple of days, she's gone back to refusing the walk. Yesterday I tried to go with lots of energy, really encouraging her to come along hoping that if we go a bit faster she wouldn't stop so much. But walking faster just seemed to make her want to stop more, and we didn't get far. Today, she looked so miserable when I got the Halti out. I almost didn't put her on it but then I thought that if my children did somethng similar I would probably make them, so I held her and put it on her, and we went out of the yard and then she just refused to go. My neighbour suggested just clipping the lead to the collar rather than the halti so she still had it on but it wasn't pulling around her mouth. But still no go.
What do I do? I'm not an exercisy sort of person but I've actually been looking forward to taking her for walks. Should I try a new place, hoping that the scenery might get her going? It's important for me that she doesn't pull so that eventually I can take my kids too, with my daughter in the pram, and I can then take her to more places.