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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Afraid of metal!

Well, Dexter is almost 10 months old and recently returned from in-kennel training. We're doing a lot of walking around town and he's walking great on a loose leash. I use a martingale collar. He always avoided those large see-through metal grates on the sidewalk. I tried to get him to walk over them but he'd balk and I thought they do look a little scary, so I didn't push it. Now, however, he refuses to walk over those solid metal plates on sidewalks. Not the large ones on the street but the ones that are maybe 10-inches wide and stretch from one side of the sidewalk to the other. I don't want to pull him through and I'll try high-value treats the next time we go. Any ideas? Thanks much.
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If he runs with you try running and walking making a game out of it and run over them before he can figure out whats up. Reward with treats .
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Thanks, we don't run but it's an idea. In fact, yesterday we went to visit a friend for the first time and had to go up see-through steps and I had a hard time getting him to go up the first two steps. I think they sort of reminded him of those metal plates. Sheesh!
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