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Distracted Puppy training

Hi guys,
Our girl Nova just hit 11 weeks today and she's been doing good - she starts puppy preschool next week and we've started her on clicker training.
She's great in the house with sit,down and "target" (touching nose to my hand) but outside is very different.

She's the first dog I've ever had that prefers the house to a walk. We play outside with her (tug etc), she gets high-value treats outside, but as soon as she's done with potty, instead of enjoying her walk she starts to pull to go home. Cries when walking away from the house (although walks well on the leash) but pulls like mad as soon as we reach the halfway point. We're working on leash training using clicker method, click treat whenever she is walking with a slack on the correct side of us.

She also gets disinterested in her treats - even her favorite turkey hot dog! - after a short while, and no amount of clicking or waving them under her nose will get attention - which if its in the middle of a walk is bad since I then have no bribery for leash manners, curb sits etc.

Any ideas on how to encourage her to enjoy the outdoors/deal with loss of interest in commands and treats?

Shorten her walks? Play more outside? Find the elusive treat she will never ignore? (We've tried all biscuits and training chews, natural balance roll, string cheese and hot dogs, the latter two are her favs).

I really want to get a handle on this as she's timid when she encounters other dogs and I want to work on that as much as possible - but if she can't be distracted and is pulling for home at the same time.. 3 D's stop working!

TIA for any advice, you guys on here are awesome.



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Forgot to mention I have to bribe her out of the front door too or she'll just stay indoors. After she's out she'll walk to her potty spot just fine, it's that step out of the door.


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