Tess Refuses to Leave Her Comfort Zone - My Yard
I have been trying to teach Tess (10 weeks old yesterday) to walk on a loose leash and lately I have been trying to get her to walk to the corner of my street but she is having no part of this. I will walk and she will pull back on her leash or attempt to lie down to keep me from going any further. If I turn around to head back toward my house, she runs all the way back and into the yard ahead of me. She is so different than my last two dogs, both of them loved to go on walks, even as puppies, and they were so outgoing, but not Tess. Anyone else have this issue? Is it the breed? Maybe the age? She's so relaxed and comfortable in our yard and our home.
I have been trying to socialize her and have been taking her everywhere, one day it's Petco and the next day it's PetSmart. Our first few days at these establishments didn't go well, Tess would pull back not wanting to enter the store and constantly trying to get me to go back outside. She would become afraid of every dog she came across. After a week of bringing her to Petco, today she hit a milestone and actually warmed up a bit to a male dog who was 7 years old. The dog's owner helped out tremendously by warming up to her and then she saw me playing and petting the owners dog, so that may have helped with her confidence. Then we met a man who had recently adopted a GSD mix who was a year old and very sweet and Tess actually took to her after we talked for a while. The two of them kissed and I was in my glory. I will continue taking her back to these places as often as I can. She also starts beginner classes on Wednesday, I can't wait. Does anyone else have any issues similar to these? If so, I'd love to hear about them. It really helps to know that there are other's having similar problems with their puppies.
I know I have my hands full and I do blame some of her issues on leaving her mother earlier than she should have at 7 weeks, but she's here now and we love her dearly, even though she is a little devil dog in disguise.