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12-10-2013 02:37 PM
***Beth*** Did you get him used to his leash before going on walks?
***I am able to walk him with little pulling in the backyard or in the house.

Just put a short leash on him around the house and gradually make it bigger. A rope or belt can work.
***He balked at first - pulled away but kept moving and will let me walk him without too much trouble in the fenced backyard or in the house.

Will he walk with you with no leash?
*** With hand gestures, he will walk at my side wherever I go in the house and mostly stays at my side with the hand gestures in the fenced backyard.

Have you tried bringing him to the country side and seeing how he acts in nature?
***Not yet. He has trouble just being in the car - he'll vomit or have diarrhea and not want to do anything but lay there, I haven't tried the country yet because he'd be a complete mess on the way there

How does he try to 'dominate' the older dogs in your house?
*** He will try humping one of them. He barks at them when he wants a toy they have or he'll try stealing the toy(he's getting better - I've been trying to redirect when he does this), He plays with them constantly with gentle nips and slight wrestling. Both stop when the other yelps.

Do your house mates ever walk there dogs? Can you go with them when they do?
*** Sadly they do not. They are not my dogs so I can't criticize. I've offerred many times to walk them and they say no. The yard is about a fenced in acre and they're out there a lot running around though.

Maybe wait til he is a bit older to go outside. Practice walking him in the house and around your yard if you have one. Start with no leash and leading with treats and then introduce the leash to him and continue short walks while giving him a treat every few steps.

Tyler Muto has good vids on walking and using leash pressure to control dogs on walks. He has a few where a dog totally refuses to move and he gets them going. I'm thinking this method is fine for a pup.
Tyler Muto - YouTube
****I'll watch this soon, thank you!

What I would do to get the dog into a new state of mind is bring him out of the house and back again and praise the dog like he just done something great. Do this 5 times a day and after a few days go a little further and back home again.. Show the dog a walk is quick and fun and it will get home soon and be rewarded.
****This sounds like it'll help. I'll try this.

Basically get creative and figure out different ways around any problems you encounter.

***Thanks for your advice~!!!
12-10-2013 02:21 PM
MadLab Did you get him used to his leash before going on walks?
Just put a short leash on him around the house and gradually make it bigger. A rope or belt can work.

Will he walk with you with no leash?

Have you tried bringing him to the country side and seeing how he acts in nature?

How does he try to 'dominate' the older dogs in your house?

Do your house mates ever walk there dogs? Can you go with them when they do?

Maybe wait til he is a bit older to go outside. Practice walking him in the house and around your yard if you have one. Start with no leash and leading with treats and then introduce the leash to him and continue short walks while giving him a treat every few steps.

Tyler Muto has good vids on walking and using leash pressure to control dogs on walks. He has a few where a dog totally refuses to move and he gets them going. I'm thinking this method is fine for a pup.
http://www.youtube.com/user/BuffaloDogTraining/videos

What I would do to get the dog into a new state of mind is bring him out of the house and back again and praise the dog like he just done something great. Do this 5 times a day and after a few days go a little further and back home again.. Show the dog a walk is quick and fun and it will get home soon and be rewarded.

Basically get creative and figure out different ways around any problems you encounter.
12-10-2013 02:17 PM
***Beth*** It's funny, he doesn't like to leave my side in the house and whimpers a little if I go into a room and shut the door so he can't see me. When I first brought him home, he had bad seperation anxiety and went into full blown howls whenever he thought I left him alone (he's over that now). He panicks in a crate and immediately deficates or vomits when I lock him up in one so I'm taking exposure to it slowly. I really don't know if I'll be able to get the housemates to agree to let me walk him with the other dogs and people in my neighborhood would freak out if they saw me drop the leash and walk away. With the adult dogs he's fearless with interacting around them (jumps all over them, plays, etc), same with greeting anyone in his home - never shows guarding behavior or aggressiveness, just curiousity and cautious licks. He's eager for treats in the home and picks up on tricks fairly easily.
12-10-2013 02:08 PM
MichaelE When Lisl was a young pup she did this too. She would walk fine on a leash heading for home, but heading away from home was a struggle for a while. She got over it.

She never just laid right down on the sidewalk, but she wasn't too crazy about leaving her 'turf'. We occasionally went for a drag instead of a walk.
12-10-2013 01:53 PM
Baillif Yup peer pressure works on dogs too.
12-10-2013 01:50 PM
middleofnowhere 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.
12-10-2013 01:34 PM
Baillif 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.
12-10-2013 01:06 PM
***Beth***
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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.
12-10-2013 01:01 PM
Baillif Have you tried walking him along side his adult buddies?
12-10-2013 12:59 PM
***Beth*** 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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