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Old 03-08-2018, 11:54 PM
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Puppy with Porch Anxiety?

So this is a first for me, my pup is 9weeks old and Iíve had him for a little over a week. When it comes time to take him outside to go to the bathroom he just stares, and no treat of any kind will get him to go outside, however, once he is out there he is fine. He dosnt wonder far from my feet, but isnít really scared. And follows me around pretty well.
Then when it comes time to go back inside he will follow me up the first two steps, but stops right at the last little step, (which is actually a shorter jump than the other two). Heíll put his front paws up on it and whine. And once again, no matter the treat or encouragement, he wonít make that last little leap. Yesterday i just sat on the porch for about 30-45mins, hoping that maybe heíd make his way over, but all he did was go down the steps, sniff around a little, and then run back up to the last step to whine. Earlier today i walked into the house after he wouldnít go up the step and watched him through the window, he did the same thing as normal and after about 10mins he just laid down. Really has me stumped, i donít want to get him reliant on being carried, but not too sure whatís causing his ďporch anxietyĒ. Also, i have a front and back porch, and the same thing happens on both. I know he can make the climb because Iíve seen him do it once before, but he quickly turned around and went back down. Iím at a loss, any ideas?
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So this is a first for me, my pup is 9weeks old and Iíve had him for a little over a week. When it comes time to take him outside to go to the bathroom he just stares, and no treat of any kind will get him to go outside, however, once he is out there he is fine. He dosnt wonder far from my feet, but isnít really scared. And follows me around pretty well.
Then when it comes time to go back inside he will follow me up the first two steps, but stops right at the last little step, (which is actually a shorter jump than the other two). Heíll put his front paws up on it and whine. And once again, no matter the treat or encouragement, he wonít make that last little leap. Yesterday i just sat on the porch for about 30-45mins, hoping that maybe heíd make his way over, but all he did was go down the steps, sniff around a little, and then run back up to the last step to whine. Earlier today i walked into the house after he wouldnít go up the step and watched him through the window, he did the same thing as normal and after about 10mins he just laid down. Really has me stumped, i donít want to get him reliant on being carried, but not too sure whatís causing his ďporch anxietyĒ. Also, i have a front and back porch, and the same thing happens on both. I know he can make the climb because Iíve seen him do it once before, but he quickly turned around and went back down. Iím at a loss, any ideas?

Hey! I don't know how much help I can truly be but I am wondering if he is in a fear stage. Puppies go through a couple different fear stages at different ages. It could just be something that is freaking him out. Even though it doesn't seem big to us, it may to him. Just like a baby.

I am dealing with something kind of similar, except with a 9 month old rescue who has a history or neglect/abuse. She doesn't mind going outside but HATES having to come through the door. I don't know if shes been hit with it before, or was abused inside and fears it or I have even read that some dogs fear going through doorways. I know my situation is different given the history, but it could all stem from fear. Your little one could just be going through a few stage. If I were you, maybe try getting his favourite toy and play with him for a minute or two outside where he is comfortable. Get really excited and enthusiastic and try "playing" or rather "coaxing" him into the door. Maybe all the energy and ruckus will take his mind off of the fear. If treats aren't working, you could try toys and praise. But if he DOES come through on his own, make sure you praise him like never before haha. Some does just aren't treat driven, but rather toy or praise driven. Praise driven does who are just looking to please are probably the easiest to train down the road!! Hope this someone helps!
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Your poor pup!

I’m not sure if this will help but I know some dogs get really freaked out when the floor isn’t completely solid and together. If your porch has lines between where the wood (I’m assuming yours is like mine here) goes across, maybe try getting a towel that can make a path to the door. It could just be that he’s afraid of the space between the wood.

I hope that makes sense?
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