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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-10-2013, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Walks - advice?

My puppy is about 4 months old. He has trouble leaving his 'territory.' Whenever I try walking him, I get him outside the yard and about 10 feet down the sidewalk before he stops and refuses to go any further. First he'll try pulling towards home, then when he realizes I won't go for it, he'll lay down and refuse to budge. I've tried changing directions while he's moving and if it's not towards home or we go past home, he lays down. I've tried waiting him out (sat for over an hour waiting him out) but once he's laying down, he won't budge, even towards home so I end up having to pick him up. I've tried carrying him down a block then walking and he immediately lays down and refuses to move. I've tried driving him away from home and he lays down in the car or the crate, whines and if he doesn't vomit or have diarrhea, he shows stress and won't move. I tried luring him with treats and the first time, we went 15 feet down the block before he realized what was happening and sat down, he refused treat lures after that point. I tried forcing him to keep going but he's small still and it really doesn't look good dragging a puppy who's laying down as deadweight, refusing to move and whining. Any advice is appreciated. I want to build him up and expose him to different environments but I don't want to terrorize the poor little guy either. I'm open to any suggestions at this point.
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Did you try bringing his favorite toy and running away from him with it to try to get him to chase you? When mine was young she couldn't resist chasing me


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Sounds like you have a super sensitive little guy. How is he in the house?
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Did you try bringing his favorite toy and running away from him with it to try to get him to chase you? When mine was young she couldn't resist chasing me
I even picked up a 20 foot leash and ran it out waving the toy - he just lays his head in his paws.
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In the house he tries to dominate the 3 adult dogs. He comes when I call and can do sit, lay down, jump up in place, shake paws, spin in a circle, stay (sort of) and a few other things. He doesn't bark at the doorbell and he playfully greets visitors.
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Have you tried walking him along side his adult buddies?
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Have you tried walking him along side his adult buddies?
I'd like to but they are my housemates dogs (the adult ones) and they really don't want me to. I'll keep pestering them though.
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If you could just walk them along side them while they walk theirs you might find he will be much more receptive to going outside his comfort zone. Now at some point you are going to want to be able to walk him alone but sometimes something like that is enough to get your foot in the door.

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I had a pup that wanted to lag on our first walks. I was in a safe neighborhood with no traffic. I had two other dogs out on the walk with me. I dropped the leash & the other dogs & I kept walking. Here came the puppy and we never had a problem with hesitation after that.
Don't know if that will work for you or not.
As Baillif suggested -- Get your roommates off their duffs to walk with you and see how that goes.
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Yup peer pressure works on dogs too.
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