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Old 05-01-2018, 03:19 PM
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Rescue dog doesn't want to go on walk

I'll try and keep it short; we lost a cracker of a lurcher 5yrs old to kidney failure. Still think about her everyday beddy x whippet, best friend i ever had. We then adopted a lurcher from Battersea she's a joy greyxdeerhoundxcollie lovely. we were asked by a friend if we wanted to rescue another dog. Saw a pic went for it and now have her home. She is a true Heinz 57 and very sweet. She was a stray, less than 1 yr old and already had a litter of pups bless her, pups whereabouts unknown. She's lovely so very sweet and gets on well with our other dog. BUT She is terrified of going for a walk. She'll play all day in the garden but simply refuses to leave the boundary of the house she just collapses in a heap at the sight of a lead. Any ideas
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Old 05-02-2018, 03:16 PM
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Hi! If your dog is afraid of the leash, that is where I would start! Use a very high value treat (meat, cheese, dehydrated liver) and feed you dog a bunch of tiny pieces when she looks at the leash. Reward for tiny steps toward the leash and sniffing etc. If she doesnt calm down even when it is just close to her, you may want to try the leash farther away. It is imprtant to bot push her or force her closer, and let her take it at her own pace. Eventually you could try clipping the leash on and then walking around inside. Try taking her on leash outside once she is comfortable inside! Take this as slow as she needs though!
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Also, just wanted to add that you ahouls also reward small steps outside with high value treats as well! And maybe bring the other dog along if that helps to calm her!
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I agree. Take it slow, build trust, reward her for any tiny bit of progress. Rescue dogs usually have an unknown history and some very terrible stories, so you don't know what she's been through. Be her safe place, but encourage her to spread those wings. I had a foster dog that was just so sad, she would hide in a corner and basically pretend to be invisible. It took a few weeks for her to venture away from her hiding spot. She very slowly built up trust and once that happens it's the best reward. Patience and love. Good luck to you both!
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I'll try and keep it short; we lost a cracker of a lurcher 5yrs old to kidney failure. Still think about her everyday beddy x whippet, best friend i ever had. We then adopted a lurcher from Battersea she's a joy greyxdeerhoundxcollie lovely. we were asked by a friend if we wanted to rescue another dog. Saw a pic went for it and now have her home. She is a true Heinz 57 and very sweet. She was a stray, less than 1 yr old and already had a litter of pups bless her, pups whereabouts unknown. She's lovely so very sweet and gets on well with our other dog. BUT She is terrified of going for a walk. She'll play all day in the garden but simply refuses to leave the boundary of the house she just collapses in a heap at the sight of a lead. Any ideas
Please give her some time to adjust to her home surroundings!' Just got a rescue dog from local Humane shelter! Almost 2 weeks going by! She loves walking but needs to lose weight! She's adjusting very well! A little sluggish at times when walking( after sleeping) but.....time is necessity!!

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Aweeee! You made my eyes water!!
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I agree. Take it slow, build trust, reward her for any tiny bit of progress. Rescue dogs usually have an unknown history and some very terrible stories, so you don't know what she's been through. Be her safe place, but encourage her to spread those wings. I had a foster dog that was just so sad, she would hide in a corner and basically pretend to be invisible. It took a few weeks for her to venture away from her hiding spot. She very slowly built up trust and once that happens it's the best reward. Patience and love. Good luck to you both!
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Thanks Guys, made a little progress already. She seemed to be a bit jealous of our Nellie when going for a walk. So we put her lead on and just let her walk around the house 10 mins before Nellie's walk. With no pressure we left the house with N and left the door open. She popped out and I managed to walk with her. Only 100yds or so and she spooked a bit. Lots of fuss and she walked back home. progress I reckon!!!! Thanks for your help
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