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Old 06-06-2019, 08:57 AM
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leash training a dog who won't move

So, I got a new rescue dog, Tulip, a week and a half ago, and I am kind of at a loss as to how to leash train her. My two previous dogs were not really leash trained when I got them, but both quickly learned by following the other dog's example and through experience (and dog training).

But Tulip is quite skittish and when I am holding the leash she just won't move. She just sits and looks at me. I've had her running around the house with the leash attached without a problem. She will eat treats, but only if I set them on her bed. She won't eat them off the floor or out of my hand yet.

I'm thinking I just need to wait until she is more comfortable with me. But, as I am headed to my parent's next weekend and they don't have a fenced yard, I'm hoping to make progress before then so she can go outside to do her business.

She's not totally afraid of me, she loves scratches under her chin and will demand them from me (with taps, leaning on my hand, and putting her head under my hand while I pet my other dog). It is just when I am standing that she is skittish.

Any suggestions?
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:12 AM
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I think your instincts are right to wait until she trusts you more. As for the trip, can you get a cable tie out? What about a small portable pen for her to potty in? Just something to keep her safe while she potties that isn’t you. Maybe even a 30 foot training line? Perhaps you can trick her into not realizing she is attached to you if the leash is long enough.


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I think your instincts are right to wait until she trusts you more. As for the trip, can you get a cable tie out? What about a small portable pen for her to potty in? Just something to keep her safe while she potties that isn’t you. Maybe even a 30 foot training line? Perhaps you can trick her into not realizing she is attached to you if the leash is long enough.


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I hadn't thought to bring a tie out, I could do that. I do have a puppy playpen, and I've tried that with her with limited success. I've also tried my 15 foot leash without the tension, and that hasn't worked well either. She kinda wants to be private while she pees/poops. My fenced area at home is small-ish, but I have a lattice around the patio for flowers and she likes to be on the other side of that from me while she does her business.
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Will there be something like that for her at your parents’? My first dog had that desire as well. I believe it was because we were told by a dog trainer to shiver her nose in her mess and yell at her when she made a mess in the house, so we did she seemed to develop the belief that we would punish her for every poop or pee, and she wouldn’t go in front of us.


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Will there be something like that for her at your parents’? My first dog had that desire as well. I believe it was because we were told by a dog trainer to shiver her nose in her mess and yell at her when she made a mess in the house, so we did she seemed to develop the belief that we would punish her for every poop or pee, and she wouldn’t go in front of us.


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Unfortunately, not really. They do have some bushes in the back that I could maybe try hiding behind with a long enough lead. Hopefully that will help.
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It might be good to figure something out, even something as simple as a blanket or tarp hung over some chairs?


It sounds like tulip is really struggling to learn to trust but she’s doing her best, I would hate to make this experience more traumatic than necessary.


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It might be good to figure something out, even something as simple as a blanket or tarp hung over some chairs?


It sounds like tulip is really struggling to learn to trust but she’s doing her best, I would hate to make this experience more traumatic than necessary.


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Yes, me too!! She's been through a lot in the past few months, with her whole world turned upside down, twice (and who knows what life was like before that). But she really wants love and affection, so I think she will do well in the long run. She's even been playful at my house, which she wasn't at her foster mom's house (where she was for a month). So, I think she is doing very well, and has come a long way.
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Have you tried high value treats like boiled chicken or organs like liver, or even just small bits of cheese? Just start throwing these treats on the ground away from you. I would then start walking around and see if she follows me and reward her by keep throwing those treats on the floor. Start calling her name in an excited voice and praise her lots and lots for following. Once that is working well then try and see if she will take the treat from your hand.

Once she takes the treats from your hands, hand feed her every meal. This will solidify her bond and trust with you. And praise her lots throughout the day.

When you think she is ready to try walking on the leash have those high value treats ready in your pocket. Let her know you have them and try a few steps. Reward her for taking steps beside you.
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Have you tried high value treats like boiled chicken or organs like liver, or even just small bits of cheese? Just start throwing these treats on the ground away from you. I would then start walking around and see if she follows me and reward her by keep throwing those treats on the floor. Start calling her name in an excited voice and praise her lots and lots for following. Once that is working well then try and see if she will take the treat from your hand.

Once she takes the treats from your hands, hand feed her every meal. This will solidify her bond and trust with you. And praise her lots throughout the day.

When you think she is ready to try walking on the leash have those high value treats ready in your pocket. Let her know you have them and try a few steps. Reward her for taking steps beside you.
Yeah, I have tried high value treats. She wouldn't even meat the first week. She will eat the peanut butter treats, now. But only on her bed. She doesn't see the treats on the floor at all and then the other dog eats them.
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Yeah, I have tried high value treats. She wouldn't even meat the first week. She will eat the peanut butter treats, now. But only on her bed. She doesn't see the treats on the floor at all and then the other dog eats them.
Try doing these treat attempts with the other dog in another room, behind a closed door. Perhaps she is intimidated by the other dog, not wanting to challenge her the resources (treats)!
Keep trying to find a treat she will find irresistible!
Have you had her checked out at the vets? Could her vision be poor?
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