Hi Darra, I presume you are just holding the lead whilst going through. If so I can't see that you are doing anything wrong, but I think I would encourage whilst going through and reward after getting there. It could just be that he is enjoying the praise in transit and you are going to have him stopping for a praise break. If he is really worried you could try going in front a few times and then praise him when you get there. If all else fails get the desks moved a few inches. Does it happen elsewhere? If not and you go through other similarly narrow spaces then it may not just be the narrowness. Get some one to have a look at what is there and what he is looking or sniffing at. If there is some one up from the Centre it wouldn't take long just to have a look. I remember being told in the dim and distant past, though it holds good for goats as well as dogs still, that the way to get an animal to do something could be summarised as: Ask, Show, Tell, Make, Start Again. All The Best Ed -----Original Message----- From: irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Darragh.OHeiligh@xxxxxxxxxx Sent: 10 May 2006 11:00 To: irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [IRLGuideDogs] navigating around tight spaces Good morning! I've a quick question for you. Does your dog absolutely refuse to walk through some tight spaces? What have you tried to coax it forward? There are a few narrow spaces between desks that I regularly have to walk through in this office. If using the dog I don't like to go before him as there can be a few obstructions in the way. He walks up to about the second desk and stops. I know that there is just about enough space for both of us to get through but yet he stops and looks up at me as if to ask what he should do next. I've tried encouragement, dog treats praising him while going through, but nothing so far has worked. Any suggestions? Darragh Ó Héiligh - Technical lead Stream EMEA Direct Dial: +353 14400793 Ext: 2293 Stream Practice 1 - "Embrace our mission. It is the principal belief of Stream. Know it, Own it, Achieve it!"