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Old 03-05-2018, 12:26 AM
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I just got a husky puppy about a week ago. Hes 9 weeks old. He's very afraid of people picking him up and so far he's really only gotten used to me being around him. He was never socialized and not treated well (i'm guessing) Since we rescued him from a puppy mill. He loves other dogs, and he's a very sweet pup, until you try to pick him up. So far he's okay with me walking up and petting him slowly. If i try to pick him up he screams and tries to run away. He also hates leashes. I've been slowly introducing walking on a leash but when i put the leash on his collar he instantly freezes and tries to pull away. I've let him run around with a leash on while i was in the backyard with him and it was fine. As soon as i pick it up though, he tries to run off and he cries. Please please help since in the future i'm hoping he can join my other dogs in sledding. I've trained tons of puppies of all different breeds before who were worst than him, but I'm just stuck with him. I would greatly appreciate any kind of guidance and help!

(Please be respectful for I know a lot about dogs and puppies behavior. Don't BS me and sweet talk like I know nothing.)

I know a bunch of basic stuff to be doing, which I'm doing. So if i say I've already done/doing it don't just lash out.
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:27 AM
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Is the leash attached to the collar, and maybe he doesn't like the pulling sensation? Perhaps a different type of harness might work better? The only method I know to help them get over fears is gentle handling, time and food, so hopefully both these methods will work eventually.


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Is the leash attached to the collar, and maybe he doesn't like the pulling sensation? Perhaps a different type of harness might work better? The only method I know to help them get over fears is gentle handling, time and food, so hopefully both these methods will work eventually.


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Mhm, good idea, I've now tried attaching the leash to his collar and his harness. I found that using one of my old sled dogs' bungee leash seems to work best for now. I've been offering him treats for every step he takes when i put slight pressure on the lead, but he only sometimes takes it.

Thanks for the advice!
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Have you tried a long line? Maybe you could slowly work your way up to holding it at the length of a normal leash?
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Puppy mills, it's horrible that the pups don't get the socialization they so badly need need. I've had many Huskies, as you can see in my profile, raised, raced, breed and showed. @PetalEcho. Have you tried a harness? You are doing right by rewarding each step of progress. Introduce him to as many people as you can. I'm sure with your patience and love, this pup will come around.
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He's still in a socialization window ( will start to close at around 14 weeks) so this time is very important, particularly for a puppy exhibiting behavior like you describe!

I would get him into a really good puppy kindergarten and also sign up for private lessons asap with a really good reward based trainer or even behavior consultant/behaviorist. I understand you have past experience with dogs, however this is just not something I would persoanlly do (and I am a trainer) alone. The extra set of experienced eyes and ability to control exposure so that is pleasant for your puppy is invaluable.

This thread may help you find a pro in your area. Best of luck! Let us know how your little guy progresses.
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...iorist-113946/
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He's still in a socialization window ( will start to close at around 14 weeks) so this time is very important, particularly for a puppy exhibiting behavior like you describe!

I would get him into a really good puppy kindergarten and also sign up for private lessons asap with a really good reward based trainer or even behavior consultant/behaviorist. I understand you have past experience with dogs, however this is just not something I would persoanlly do (and I am a trainer) alone. The extra set of experienced eyes and ability to control exposure so that is pleasant for your puppy is invaluable.

This thread may help you find a pro in your area. Best of luck! Let us know how your little guy progresses.
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...iorist-113946/
Ah thanks for the help and tips! He starts his first puppy class this weekend!! He's going to be with 10 other puppies his age/size and personality. He absolutely loves dogs so i think this will be good for him.
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Puppy mills, it's horrible that the pups don't get the socialization they so badly need need. I've had many Huskies, as you can see in my profile, raised, raced, breed and showed. @PetalEcho. Have you tried a harness? You are doing right by rewarding each step of progress. Introduce him to as many people as you can. I'm sure with your patience and love, this pup will come around.
I agree, they're absolutely terrible. I've tried a harness and he still reacts the same. It's his 10th day working on a leash and harness and his main problem with it now is knowing there is a point his 'freedom' ends. At the end of the leash of course. I got a tip to start putting treats around me, then far from me. Over time moving the treat distance closer to each other. I've only tried it once. What are your opinions on the tip i was given? Do you think it could have any "training" value. I questioned it at first but the person explained to me that it's showing him it's okay to be at the end of the leash and close to me on the leash? Does that make sense?
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Have you tried a long line? Maybe you could slowly work your way up to holding it at the length of a normal leash?
(Gonna ask the same thing to you i did the other user to get your opinion as well.)

I've tried a long leash and he still reacts the same. It's his 10th day working on a leash and harness and his main problem with it now is knowing there is a point his 'freedom' ends. At the end of the leash of course. I got a tip to start putting treats around me, then far from me. Over time moving the treat distance closer to each other. I've only tried it once. What are your opinions on the tip i was given? Do you think it could have any "training" value. I questioned it at first but the person explained to me that it's showing him it's okay to be at the end of the leash and close to me on the leash? Does that make sense?
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I agree, they're absolutely terrible. I've tried a harness and he still reacts the same. It's his 10th day working on a leash and harness and his main problem with it now is knowing there is a point his 'freedom' ends. At the end of the leash of course. I got a tip to start putting treats around me, then far from me. Over time moving the treat distance closer to each other. I've only tried it once. What are your opinions on the tip i was given? Do you think it could have any "training" value. I questioned it at first but the person explained to me that it's showing him it's okay to be at the end of the leash and close to me on the leash? Does that make sense?
They have the inherit desire to pull, is he trying to do this? It's Husky thing, but they can learn to loose lease walk, I had many. I think it would be wise to take him to puppy class, a positive reinforcement one. He will get socialization there also. keep in touch.
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