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Old 07-08-2018, 06:33 PM
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New dog not wanting to go outside.

I just got a new dog from a shelter yesterday. A two year old cattle mix. She was very outgoing and happy at the shelter and didnt seem to have any problems being outside. When i went to get her from the shelter she was terrified and she was shaking like a leaf. Once home she seemed scared but okay. She is very affectionate and very friendly. The problem is she is terrified to go outside. She flatens to the ground inside and refuses to move. Even using treats as a lure. I have to pick her up and bring her outside and even then after a minute or two she desperatly tries to get back inside. Once again flatening to the ground or lunging to the door. Its been over 24 hours. And she hasnt gone to the bathroom. She is eating and drinking a little bit. Any suggestions would be appriciated.
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:58 PM
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Can you take her to a quiet area outside and just hang out with her for a little while with tasty treats and see if she relaxes at all?
You can also call the shelter you got her from and ask if they have any insights.
My dog was nervous when I got him and it took a long time to get him to pee outside. Pooping took a couple of days. But he'd never lived in a busy city until I got him so he had to adjust to the city noises. We just walked a lot and stopped a lot and I reassured him when loud cats and trucks went by and I found quieter areas to take him to. We had some very long times outside to get him to go on the beginning.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:07 PM
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I live in a fairly quite area. There isnt much noise other then birds chirping. She also doesnt seem to be very motivated by treats. But the biggest problem is when i take her out she panicks and tugs on the leash and pulls as hard as she can trying to run to the door to get back inside. I did get her to go for a short walk yesterday but after 4 or 5 houses she tried to run up every single driveway trying to get in any house she could just to get away from being outside.
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The same issue occurred with my rescue when I got her back in January. She was so scared of everything. It took a lot of patience and routine to get her to go potty. I used consistent words when we went out and like your dog, treats did not work. I still put her on a leash to go potty in the back yard and she still rolls over on her back. It took 2 months before we could go for a walk without her flattening. A friend brought her old girl over who was her size and we tied them together to walk and it helped. After that she got a little better. She's still scared of cars, mailboxes and manholes. Poor thing was found on the streets so it's no wonder she was scared. Please be patient even if she potties inside. Take it day by day.
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Your dog has a fear of unknown and new places. If your dog is reluctant to go outside or is simply terrified, it is important that you take the right approach to training.
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The 1st thing that occurred to me as I read yr post, was: he may simply like your house/vibes, & is afraid going outside might see him transported to a new place.
My rescue dog took more than a year "settling in", which I define as knowing me, trusting me, and me understanding his attempts to communicate.

In the interval, there were some misunderstandings & mutually-incompatible wishes, but I learned some wonderful lessons, faith & patience being paramount.
Your dog seems sweet & I can't really blame him wanting to stay put for awhile while he tries to settle.
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Twenty four hours is not a long time, and with an unknown background, your new girl is probably scared of what's next, and it might be outside, so staying in seems safer to her. Give her some time, lots of attention and affection, she will slowly start to come around. Let her get used to being close to you, then sit, just outside the door, so she can, when she is ready go out on her own. Its going to be a slow process, but she will become increasingly secure and will venture out, eventually. I would just work with the outdoors only a few feet from your house, let her decide when she feels safe enough to go further.
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@Jsharp5432 I am aware this is an old thread but I was wondering if your dog ever became more confident outside? I adopted a 3 yr old anatolian mix 3 months ago and while she is much better than she was initially, she is still easily scared by city noises and will refuse to go outside. Seems like after each "scare" it will take days to get back to going outside off leash.
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