We have a 12 weeks old Cavalier King Charles. Leash training is going so so, but it's going. The issue is that my puppy's trigger is leaving / approaching the house. When we are leaving for a walk he starts crying and pulling and nothing can break his mental state. No treats, no amount of excitement to go away from the house or being calm and assertive and waiting for him to calm himself down. I need to force him by pulling on the leash for about 3-4 houses after that he becomes docile and we can go on a nice walk. Until we get on the last stretch of the walk where he knows we are going home. Then he starts pulling and lunging in the direction of the home. I usually stop each time he pulls and wait for him to calm down and walk back to me. This can take more than 5 minutes at the beginning. After he is calmed and I praised him, I give him a treat from coming back to me. When I'll do one step toward the house he lunges and pulls again. The 6 houses to get home can take more than 30 minutes.

Potty training is also not going great, my puppy clearly does not recognize me as the leader of the pack.

What should I do different?

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    Do I understand correctly that the dog is pulling to stay at home before leaving (and then towards home as you approach it on the way back)? If so, see pets.stackexchange.com/questions/17305/…. At 3 months it is maybe still a bit too young for being comfortable with long (since you say you do take half an hour for 6 houses) walks. This will change as it grows older - in another 3 - 4 months you'll probably have the opposite problem... And maybe for now, there's no real need for long walks? – cbeleites unhappy with SX Oct 8 '20 at 17:50
  • Thanks I'll try that. If it wouldn't be for his stubbornness the walk would be about 5-10 min. It's from the back Alley to the front door. I think my real problem is potty training and I'll stop walks for now and just do more playtime inside to burn his energy – Alexandre Rondeau Oct 9 '20 at 16:18

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