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Old 06-28-2014, 11:51 AM
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Puppy Refusing to Walk and Play. Acting very strangely.

So here is my issue. I recently got a puppy from a shelter, an 11 month old Male American Eskimo Dog. The dog definitely lacks training but its not from lack of effort, at least on my part. I have a few issues.

The first is the dog refuses to walk. Now it's small enough where I can force it if I really wanted to, but that defeats the purpose of the walk in the first place. Now I've gotten the dog to walk a few times but lately he's just been in "screw you" mode. I tried waiting the first few times and it worked but now waiting is no longer sufficient. I tried luring him with treats but that only works for very short distances, literally inches. Some times he will urinate outside, often on the pavement. Only once has he managed to eliminate in any sort of grassy area. I've also noticed that the dog does not tend to "sniff" an area. Never in the history of owning dogs have I seen a dog so confused about going to the bathroom. I thought "sniffing" was by nature but apparently not.

The second issue I have is how lazy the dog is. The dog is a puppy for crying out loud. It "should" have lots of energy but instead resigns itself to a corner and wants only to sleep. When it does play its for 3-5 minutes at best then the dog refuses to do anything else. I can tell the dog suffered from seperation anxiety but that's gotten marginally better over the last few days. In addition I also know the dog had some sort of parasite, don't ask me which because I don't know, which caused it to be lethargic but I see no symptoms of the parasite still being present.

In Short I am at a loss for what to do. How am I supposed to train a dog that just wants to sleep and refuses to do any sort of activity? Can anyone offer some input on this? Thanks.
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Pentrep, I would take the pup to the vets' for a good check up first and foremost. Make sure he's healthy.
How long have you had the pup and do you have any idea as to it's history? Did it perhaps come from a situation where it lived on pavement or in a crate or cage and never learned where to go to the bathroom? He might be scared of the outside world, take it slow, one step at a time, if you're in the USA or thereabouts you have summer now, try just sitting next to an open door and treat the pup for any steps nearer the door/ outside.
And above all give your puppy time, time to adjust to his new family and surroundings. It takes time for a shelter dog to settle in.
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He's terrified. He's too scared to pee in front of you, too scared to play, so scared all he can do is sleep away the day. More than likely he was trained very harshly and it's left him afraid to move in front of a human.

You need to be patient and kind. Reward any action on his part with a yummy treat. Did he look at you? Treat! Walk one step? Treat! Respond to his name? Treat, treat, treat!

Let go of your expectations and appreciate what he can do. Move forward in tiny steps. Never, everpunish him and if you're getting frustrated, leave. Every interaction with you needs to be happy and rewarding.
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Thanks for the responses. I've had the dog for less than a week and if this continues I will be taking it to the vet to have it checked up on. I live in Florida so this climate isn't exactly cut out for his breed. I know nothing about it's history other that it was a shelter dog and that it had some sort of parasite prior to my ownership.

I try to take him on a walk every hour or so despite his refusal. I try over and over. He only wants to walk back towards the house. He's definitely petrified, of what I'm not really sure. I've gotten him broken into his harness, he still hates the leash though. I hate having to clean up after him in the house but at the moment I have no other options. He also hates when I leave but he's learning that I will come back but still whines occasionally. I just want to be able to train him before it's to late.
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It's never too late. I think you really need to slow down and let him set the pace. He's terrified of life, of you, of every other human. He needs time and encouragement to stop being afraid.

When you say "broke him", what do you mean? How are you training?
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Sounds like a logical assessment of the situation. He managed to do his duties outside today but still lacked any real physical activity beyond the 10-15 feet walk from the door. I've been using gradual training for the leash and harness. It worked just fine for the harness but the leash seems to have backlashed. I think maybe if I do without walks for a while maybe he'll forget about them? I don't know if that's a good idea or not. I'm all for letting him set the pace, but I think if he had it his way, He'd never want to walk again.
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