06-25-2011, 01:58 AM
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How long have you had the dog? I know when I just got my puppy he wouldn't go anywhere outside of his comfort zone. I forced him to take a walk at 10 weeks old(bad idea), tried to make it seem fun, but he was just scared of everything and he would not even take treats. Waited a few months and did a lot of basic obedience training(he was a major puller on his first walk) before trying to walk again. He loves his walks now @5 1/2 months, no pulling at all and he loves when we walk near the elementary school two blocks from home to see the children.
Can underground fences be shut off or can you take off that collar? If she's shutting down like that the shocks can't possibly be helping her. It might be a good idea to use a 30 or 50 foot long line(dependent on size of yard) and keep hold of it instead of the fence for a while. If I understand properly, you are using her fear of being shocked by the fence to try to teach her not to lie down. Now, I do use traditional training methods that use both light negative and positive reinforcement, but using fear to train a dog seems counterproductive. This dog is likely too soft for ANY type of negative reinforcement(Just like my Maggie). What I would maybe try to do is be exciting on her walk; treat, praise, run around, make fun noises. Also start out slow with walks around 5 minutes. Hopefully, with the shorter, more fun walk she will feel less overwhelmed and won't lie down. If she lays down like that it is time to go home. If she starts to associate that walks=fun time, she might learn to like them.
Seek out an obedience or puppy class(a little too old for that) that uses positive reinforcement. It will help her out tremendously
. Even if the only class you can find is at a Petsmart.