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Old 02-24-2019, 12:58 PM
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Housetraining a (very) scared and timid dog

Hello all! I adopted a neglected puppy 5 months ago who is timid and scared. Her biggest fear is outside, she is entirely unresponsive outside while she has opened up and calmed down inside. She is pad trained, however, she will not use the bathroom outside.
We go outside everyday to just walk around the entirety of my apartment building. She walks as quickly as possible back around to the door. Does not like to stop. She is extremely terrified when outside and completely unresponsive to any command. We have been doing this for 5 months and, you guessed it, she has not gotten used to being outside.
I figured she just needed time but it seems at this point that time is not working. So I am here to get some advice. Has anyone experienced anything similar? How did you get your scared dog to use the bathroom outside? Tips, help, anything would be helpful!
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:30 PM
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My dog was scared of all the city noises outside when I first got him. It took a long time to get him to go to the bathroom outside.
I took him to the dog park daily since he was very hyper and loved other dogs and he saw other dogs going so he copied them. He wasn't as timid as your dog sounds though.
Can you take her somewhere safe and fenced like a quiet park and just hang out daily or a few days a week? Make it pleasant and fun for her with treats, praise. Will she play inside? Maybe bring a toy with you.
Exposing her to the outside is the only way to get her comfortable but slowly so not to scare her.
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Old 02-27-2019, 01:20 AM
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It’s that calm, assertive energy that leads a dog to surrender, and this is the proper way to approach your fearful dog — with energy and actions, not words; by showing and not saying, “I’m in charge here. Everything is okay.”

There’s one other way in which we can make a dog’s fear worse, and that’s to feel fear ourselves. Remember, dogs learn by imitating, and a fearful Pack Leader will lead to an unbalanced and unpredictable dog. The dog may shut down completely in a terrified state, or she may become extremely aggressive toward anyone or anything that approaches.
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working with fearful dogs is quite a challenge. I know bc I adopted a very fearful shy cautious heeler mix named Gracie. I have worked extensively with her to basically work through each and every fear that stresses or scares her. I use counter conditioning all the time with her and have really had huge success with her.

If you study up on counter conditioning it will really help you to work with your new dog. Also study up and learn about dog body language and calming signals so that you can understand her better. There is tons of free online resources about these super important topics. I watch Gracie's body language all the time to see where she is in a situation or how she is feeling at that moment. So helpful when dealing with a scared, nervous, anxious or stressed dog!!!

For starters, for you guys, I would suggest that you "short' your pup's meals and use tons of super yummy high value food bites for her to "earn" as rewards for being brave and for basically counter conditioning her outside world to her.
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Stepping out front door=pay! walking past your place=pay! man walking nearby=pay! Scary truck sound=pay! Bike whizzes by=pay! Another dog down the street=Pay!

Then sit down somewhere and do the same thing. Watch the world go by together in a relaxed manner. Talk to her gently about what you see. Like" hey, that baby stroller is cute, huh? Look at the new baby" or look, there's a sweet puppy behind that fence. Isn't she adorable?

For any stimulus that you perceive that may be scary or odd or new to her, pay! Just make sure they are all very small size bits (pea size) so you can continually reinforce and reward her for being outside in her new world.

Use chicken bites, meats, hot dog bites, cheese, her kibble, etc for all this counter conditioning. Change it up, make it yummy!!!!


Soon I am betting she will looooove to go outside. And then she will feel more comfortable about stooping to pee outside, where she may feel vulnerable.

I did this method with my shy Gracie dog and my new more confident Puma puppy and it works wonders to get them acclimated to life and not fearful of their environment!
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Did you copy this from Cesar Milan's blog?

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Itís that calm, assertive energy that leads a dog to surrender, and this is the proper way to approach your fearful dog ó with energy and actions, not words; by showing and not saying, ďIím in charge here. Everything is okay.Ē

Thereís one other way in which we can make a dogís fear worse, and thatís to feel fear ourselves. Remember, dogs learn by imitating, and a fearful Pack Leader will lead to an unbalanced and unpredictable dog. The dog may shut down completely in a terrified state, or she may become extremely aggressive toward anyone or anything that approaches.
Hey, @bryanfox177, did you copy this from Cesar Milan's website? An instant Google search shows that "your' exact words came straight from his site....

If you are going to reference someone else's work or writing, I personally think it is best to actually reference them and their website link--- and give them credit for writing it.

Otherwise you are giving the impression that you personally have written the idea or advice. Kinda false and misleading. Not sure why you are choosing this method overall, unless you are wanting to promote your own dog supply website at some point or something else, so you want to do a lot of quick easy posts?

I have seen a lot of your posts here lately and most all of them are copied from somewhere else on the web. And you give no credit to the original author.

What's up with that?
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Hey, @bryanfox177, did you copy this from Cesar Milan's website? An instant Google search shows that "your' exact words came straight from his site....

If you are going to reference someone else's work or writing, I personally think it is best to actually reference them and their website link--- and give them credit for writing it.

Otherwise you are giving the impression that you personally have written the idea or advice. Kinda false and misleading. Not sure why you are choosing this method overall, unless you are wanting to promote your own dog supply website at some point or something else, so you want to do a lot of quick easy posts?

I have seen a lot of your posts here lately and most all of them are copied from somewhere else on the web. And you give no credit to the original author.

What's up with that?
Sorry, I should put up link and put references, how do I edit my post so I can change it?
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