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Training young dog to walk with pram

I want to train our youngest to walk with a pram. I'm due in October so I thought if start getting some practice in.

Our youngest lab is very well trained but takes some adjusting to new things. We've already been sitting the baby stuff in the lounge to get her used to it being around.

I don't necessarily need to do anything in particular with her but just ensure walking with the pram is a positive experience.

My questions:

Has anyone done this before and have any tips for a slightly sensitive young dog?
What do I say to passerbys when I'm pushing an empty pram? :-s this is more for my benefit as I live in a small town where people talk so I don't want people to start thinking I'm losing it ;-).
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Old 25.07.2012, 10:20
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

I'm not doing the pram, but trying to teach my dog to walk on the leash and she is horrible. So I stand in place while she strains, I walk back and forth in a 10 meter range....giving her treats all the way. I think people understand and if I meet someone I explain she is a puppy and we are trying to learn to walk on the leash. It IS embarrassing sometimes. But I explain also I want her to be good in the neighborhood. In your case, maybe put something in the pram? I've seen people with bags, groceries in their pram. And if you meet someone you can explain we are trying to teach 'walking with the pram'. Especially if you are showing I think people will get it....If you can also do it in a city close to you and not your small town, less people notice I find....
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

You might be happily surprised with your dog attitude.

Mine was not so good at walking on leash. But she fell in love with the baby, and decided that it was vital she walks next to the pram. Actually, she now walks much better with the pram than without it!

I have a bugaboo, and I can simply hook the leash on the handbrake, and she doesn't pull but walk nicely near it. And when we stop at the playground she waits by the stroller
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

I would say to just try it and see

With my 2 dogs this was never an issue, they just adapted very easily!

As for empty pram, put a dolly in... that will really get them talking

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I want to train our youngest to walk with a pram. I'm due in October so I thought if start getting some practice in.

Our youngest lab is very well trained but takes some adjusting to new things. We've already been sitting the baby stuff in the lounge to get her used to it being around.

I don't necessarily need to do anything in particular with her but just ensure walking with the pram is a positive experience.

My questions:

Has anyone done this before and have any tips for a slightly sensitive young dog?
What do I say to passerbys when I'm pushing an empty pram? :-s this is more for my benefit as I live in a small town where people talk so I don't want people to start thinking I'm losing it ;-).
I would go with the dog and the baby the first few times at least.
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

This week I noticed the Tchibo outlet has a "jogging lead" for dogs. You wear it round your waist and it leaves your hands free. You could use this for walking the dog with the pram for the time being.
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

Maybe put an "L sign" on the dog?
Like a vest or harness.
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

I had similar concerns when we had our son in January. We put the pram in the lounge so our dog could get used to it - sniffing and barking at it etc! I also bought a shorter leash, as she was on one of those extension leads before. I have to admit she wasn't great at first, but after a couple of near misses with the pram wheels, she is fine now. I put the lead around my wrist and off we go. Whenever possible I try and take her out so she and I can have some one on one time and she seems to appreciate this. It has also taken our dog time to get used to the new family member, but they are now great friends!
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

What, like this?

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Brilliant! Train doggy to push baby in pram, you can stay home with your feet up!
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

It's a great idea to practice now, before the baby comes.

We actually do this as an exercise in Familienhund classes. Walking with prams, wagons, bicycles, wheelchairs, rolling suitcases, trolleys - the idea is to get the dog used to loose-lead walking with a variety of accompaning distractions.

The goal is exactly the same as LLW - if your dog already walks well to heel on a loose lead you are halfway there.

You are correct that a sensitive dog can get spooked by new objects - so you are doing the right thing by letting her get used to them now, without the complication of the baby.

So start has you have, by introducing the pram while it is stationary - let the dog sniff, look, etc. Reward calm exploration. Repeat as needed. Go slowly, take it one step at a time, always rewarding the behavior you want. Only go on to the next step when your dog shows that she comfortable and relaxed. If at any point your dog shows that she is stressed, go back a step.

Once your dog shows she isn't afraid of the pram put her on lead, walk around the stationary pram. Reward calm behavior, repeat as needed.

Next put the dog in a sit at a distance she feels comfortable, push the pram a bit. Reward calm attention, repeat as needed. You might need to do this from varying distances if your dog is nervous - start farther away, gradually moving closer.

Call your dog to heel, put on the lead, keeping it loose, take a few steps pushing the pram. Reward calm behavior, repeat as needed.

If your dog is doing well, keep building up the distance pushing the pram. Reward calm behavior, repeat as needed. Practice stopping and starting, stopping at curbs, turning corners, crossing streets - just as you did when teaching LLW, but this time with the pram.

Don't be afraid of what others might say as you are pushing an empty pram about the village. All dog owners and mothers - which probably encompasses a good portion of the population - will applaud you as a shining example of responsible dog ownership.

All the best to you and your doglet - and the little one when he/she arrives.
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Re: Training young dog to walk with pram

Well said again MC :-).

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It's a great idea to practice now, before the baby comes.

We actually do this as an exercise in Familienhund classes. Walking with prams, wagons, bicycles, wheelchairs, rolling suitcases, trolleys - the idea is to get the dog used to loose-lead walking with a variety of accompaning distractions.

The goal is exactly the same as LLW - if your dog already walks well to heel on a loose lead you are halfway there.

You are correct that a sensitive dog can get spooked by new objects - so you are doing the right thing by letting her get used to them now, without the complication of the baby.

So start has you have, by introducing the pram while it is stationary - let the dog sniff, look, etc. Reward calm exploration. Repeat as needed. Go slowly, take it one step at a time, always rewarding the behavior you want. Only go on to the next step when your dog shows that she comfortable and relaxed. If at any point your dog shows that she is stressed, go back a step.

Once your dog shows she isn't afraid of the pram put her on lead, walk around the stationary pram. Reward calm behavior, repeat as needed.

Next put the dog in a sit at a distance she feels comfortable, push the pram a bit. Reward calm attention, repeat as needed. You might need to do this from varying distances if your dog is nervous - start farther away, gradually moving closer.

Call your dog to heel, put on the lead, keeping it loose, take a few steps pushing the pram. Reward calm behavior, repeat as needed.

If your dog is doing well, keep building up the distance pushing the pram. Reward calm behavior, repeat as needed. Practice stopping and starting, stopping at curbs, turning corners, crossing streets - just as you did when teaching LLW, but this time with the pram.

Don't be afraid of what others might say as you are pushing an empty pram about the village. All dog owners and mothers - which probably encompasses a good portion of the population - will applaud you as a shining example of responsible dog ownership.

All the best to you and your doglet - and the little one when he/she arrives.
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