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03-15-2014 11:19 PM
Jmoore728
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I guess I'm not sure how I should be approaching this then? If just making him walk isn't what I should do what should I do otherwise? I'm afraid if I try baby steps like leaving and going down the street a few feet and coming back it will teach him that when he whines he gets to go home. He whines as soon as we leave driveway. I've tried guiding him with treats like my vet suggested but again, he wasn't too interested. I tried distracting him with a toy the last time around but it didn't get his attention much at all. I've thought maybe his feet hurt until he started doing it right outside the driveway. I suppose it's still a possibility it just would seem strange to effect him right away. I don't have to drag him really he'll walk fine he just whines the entire time. What's discouraging is everyone even my vet is saying that's really strange ): I've asked quite a few people if they've dealt with it and no one is able to say they have. Although it's nice that a couple people here have faced this in some way.

I sound like a hopeless case! I hope this doesn't come off like whining myself I'm just so discouraged. We start puppy classes the 22nd but too be honest I'm afraid I'll be kicked out because of his howling and crying. I've never done a puppy class before so I'm not sure what their policy is although it did say overly unruly dogs will be asked to leave. I'm a worry wart this is my first puppy (although not my first dog) so all of this is new to me. Sometimes I feel like I'm messing him up or something; for instance we had him extremely well house trained , he went to the door every time, then all the sudden he pooped in the floor this morning no warning! First time in weeks. ): buh!!!!
Agin, I apologize if I missed anyone's reply or sound whiny I don't mean to! And I really appreciate all the replies. I think I'm just super overwhelmed.
My male is now 6 months old. I started walking him from the get go....Very short to start with. He acted this way for a brief time. It's a big world and everything is new to him....Don't praise him when he starts whining or acting skittish...Don't force anything either....Keep it short....It will get better as he gets older.....He is still a baby....Bane loves his walks now......Took him a little time to get acquainted with everything new.
03-15-2014 09:45 PM
Chip18
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Hey all!
So I thought I would give you an update on the walking situation.
I would like to say that I had a successful (almost) whine free walk on Thursday! My solution was favorite squeak toy, and NEW treats (blue buffalo puppy bits) I walked and when he stopped and hesitated I bent down and lured him with these new smellier treats to get him to walk on his own. I also squeaked his stuffy carrot and would toss it ahead and he would chase it and carry it while we walked. The next best thing was I roped my boyfriends parents older dog to go with us. She walks off leash but I think having her there comforted him and he kinda followed her lead sniffing where she sniffed and kinda keeping pace with her. Although I had tried toys before I think that having something that his his favorite you helped a ton. Also I switched from a harness to a collar and I think that made him less uncomfortable, or at least seemed to help. He walked kinda strange on a harness. Also, although some of you might not like this; I let him play and chew on his leash a little. I pulled it out one day and he ran into his crate so I didn't want him to fear the leash at all and I honestly think it helped to have him roll around with it. He doesn't chew at it while we walk so that hasn't become a problem yet. And he doesn't get it all the time just that day he showed fear I let him mess around with it and I honestly think it helped. It's a little early to say full success, but I might have found my answer! Also as far as puppy classes go I can't back out I paid a deposit ): I wouldn't get it back. I think it will be a good bonding experience and help me understand how to work with him at this age better. Also I'll be going there for obedience and agility so if like to feel out the place with him.

One last thing too was being over exaggerated in how much fun it is to walk.i did get excited before but maybe not enough to convince him. I look like a nut case to the neighbors but whatever man my puppy is happy haha. I do a lot of "OOOOH what's this!!?" And grab a stick and fling it and he enjoys that a lot. I think it helps distract and he's excited because I'm excited haha.

Thank you all for your suggestions and help! Sorry I went MIA been busy for spring break!
Ps it's not 20 minutes, more like 15 max but it's very slow and I keep an eye on him for signs of being tired.
We are not walking much now because he comes to work with me and plays with small groups of dogs a lot of the time so I don't want to over do his exercise. However I will come back and update when we venture out on a leash again!
Now "that" is rethinking what your doing and trying something different! GREAT JOB!
03-15-2014 08:31 PM
Harry and Lola That's great, I'm glad things are working out.

Sometimes little one just need a bit of extra encouragement
03-15-2014 09:20 AM
Danipants Hey all!
So I thought I would give you an update on the walking situation.
I would like to say that I had a successful (almost) whine free walk on Thursday! My solution was favorite squeak toy, and NEW treats (blue buffalo puppy bits) I walked and when he stopped and hesitated I bent down and lured him with these new smellier treats to get him to walk on his own. I also squeaked his stuffy carrot and would toss it ahead and he would chase it and carry it while we walked. The next best thing was I roped my boyfriends parents older dog to go with us. She walks off leash but I think having her there comforted him and he kinda followed her lead sniffing where she sniffed and kinda keeping pace with her. Although I had tried toys before I think that having something that his his favorite you helped a ton. Also I switched from a harness to a collar and I think that made him less uncomfortable, or at least seemed to help. He walked kinda strange on a harness. Also, although some of you might not like this; I let him play and chew on his leash a little. I pulled it out one day and he ran into his crate so I didn't want him to fear the leash at all and I honestly think it helped to have him roll around with it. He doesn't chew at it while we walk so that hasn't become a problem yet. And he doesn't get it all the time just that day he showed fear I let him mess around with it and I honestly think it helped. It's a little early to say full success, but I might have found my answer! Also as far as puppy classes go I can't back out I paid a deposit ): I wouldn't get it back. I think it will be a good bonding experience and help me understand how to work with him at this age better. Also I'll be going there for obedience and agility so if like to feel out the place with him.

One last thing too was being over exaggerated in how much fun it is to walk.i did get excited before but maybe not enough to convince him. I look like a nut case to the neighbors but whatever man my puppy is happy haha. I do a lot of "OOOOH what's this!!?" And grab a stick and fling it and he enjoys that a lot. I think it helps distract and he's excited because I'm excited haha.

Thank you all for your suggestions and help! Sorry I went MIA been busy for spring break!
Ps it's not 20 minutes, more like 15 max but it's very slow and I keep an eye on him for signs of being tired.
We are not walking much now because he comes to work with me and plays with small groups of dogs a lot of the time so I don't want to over do his exercise. However I will come back and update when we venture out on a leash again!
03-12-2014 10:39 PM
belladonnalily My pup did this and I really had to encourage him when walking AWAY from home. He is also very vocal, so back then everyone in a 3mile radius could hear when he was unhappy.

He was fine when driven away and walked somewhere else.

He was probably 4-5 months old before he really enjoyed walking away from home and exploring.

I personally wouldn't get too worried just yet. My guy is just fine these days.

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03-12-2014 12:18 PM
Chip18 I think we all pretty much agree that this should not be happening but before you go throw him into puppy school which "might" make things worst?

You could try and reach out to a certified behaviorist for an Eval. I did it myself with my first dog (Dominate Male) and found it very helpful.
03-12-2014 12:10 PM
Blanketback Pike might just be one of the more vocal GSDs, but you'll find this out for sure when he's a little older
03-12-2014 11:16 AM
blackshep I meant to put in my post, my pup wasn't crazy about leaving the house either when I first got her. She'd go out to potty, and then would try to run back tot he house. I think they feel safer/more secure in the home. She outgrew it, so don't worry so much!
03-12-2014 10:54 AM
Chip18
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First time in weeks. ): buh!!!!
Agin, I apologize if I missed anyone's reply or sound whiny I don't mean to! And I really appreciate all the replies. I think I'm just super overwhelmed.
You have to slow down and relax! Getting stressed is not going to help you or your dog.

Now we know your not dragging him down the street!
03-12-2014 09:12 AM
HOBY Do they salt your street in the Winter? Those chemicals can bother their feet even if he is just walking in the snow along the side of the road. That snow will have calcium chloride and sodium. One bad experience and there you go, probably more so with young paws.
Another thing you might try is to have someone leave the house first without the puppy knowing it and go up ahead out of sight. Once you start your walk have that person walk toward your pup in the whinnying zone. Maybe the surprise of meeting one of the pack will override the problem.
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