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Old 10-26-2012, 09:18 AM
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I need help my puppy Jed will not walk

Hi yes he's scared off everything it's stressing me out I'm having a hard time walking him as he's being very stubborn eatch time I take him for a walk I'm having to drag him I tried treats he does not enjoy walking its frashtrating me hugely this has been a tough time with him by now he should be used to his surroundings he's scared of trucks people doing things dogs coming up to him even tho hes been a star around them this is making walking him not enjoyable and I want to enjoy walking my dog he goes to puppy class every Tuesday meeting other dogs I just don't know what to do please help
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:29 AM
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Ok IIRC this is a border terrier puppy you purchased from a breeder recently.

It sounds a little unusual to me for a terrier to be timid. Are you 100 percent sure he'd ok health wise?

Have you tried playing with him alone outside in a fenced yard? They usually love outdoors and it might give him some confidence and let him work off a little energy too. They don't *have* to go on long walks right away and really if he's as young as I'm thinking he probably shouldn't anyway. We didn't really do traditional walks until 12 weeks because of health concerns (parvo is big here and the vet wanted me to be extra safe). At that point I started taking him on concrete only. By 4 months I was able to trust him in grass besides just my backyard. Before we got into the walking he played outside a lot and played with toys a lot. I'd try building his confidence at home if he's still under 4 months or so.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:32 AM
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BTW I took mine at 12 weeks on 1/2 mile walk and it was too much for him. He sat down and had to be carried. If your dog sits on the walk don't drag him...make a note of how far you got and then consider that your starting point in conditioning him to walk farther. You can probably work up to a couple miles eventually but it takes time...he has soft pads and is a puppy. think how many steps he must take to match your large stride.
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Oh he bugs you with his toys he will play outside in are garden and he enjoys he don't sit down tho he just stares and will not budge he will walk its just getting him to listen in the rain he will not move at all then he sits down then when I was in the park his tail was in between his legs at certan bits of the park I dunno what's up there I understand there's the fear stage not sure how I can get over this stage yes he's been to the vets and he got the all clear
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It sounds like you have a lot of expectations. I would forget them and take baby steps.

Things to reconsider: harness or collar? Is he comfortable in it around the house? Is he fine dragging a leash? Can you play a "follow me" game with him on the leash? What kind of treats are you using? What is your attitude like when you are trying to walk him? What kind of tone are you using? Are you tugging? Are you in really busy areas?

I don't know how old your pup is and if he is in the fear stage right now, but if you are getting stressed, frustrated, etc, then you could be increasing his fear/lack of confidence outside. Ditto on playing somewhere quiet for awhile, off leash, then work in that area on the leash, then proceed somewhere new (and quiet/safe), etc, and at each step make sure you are not pressuring or pushing the pup too far and that he is happy and confident acting. Use lots of treats, toys, praise to reward inquisitive, forward behavior. Really, just try to enjoy this time right now and helping him learn the world is not so scary; in time, he'll be confident enough for real walks.
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from your post history he's 12 or 13 weeks now. At that stage we were not going on walks or to the dog park. We were playing in our own yard and playing with familiar (vaccinated) dogs where I knew the owners were responsible and would make sure their dog played nice. IMO he's telling you you're moving too quickly for him. Agree with poster above...take it slow and build him up gradually. Pretty soon that dog you see in your house will be like that in public too.
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Thanks an update he's getting better he got so happy too meet people at the yard he loves it there I think he just wants too meet people and other dogs unfortunately where I live there's not many dogs so the poor thing wants to play with another nice dog
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He's fine with a coller and a leash
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Make a flirt pole (toy on a rope) that would be something he could chase while on lead..You can drag it on the ground for him to attack. He wants more fun. Make the walks something he looks forward to not avoids.. He is a cutey by the way..
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thanks i'll try that he met a lovely border today i'm so happy that he wants to play
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