01-31-2015, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Tess
Young puppies don't need to go for a walk around the block. That is a human construct. Best not to frighten him by forcing the issue. Take it slow and keep it fun. If he is not having fun, then you won't be making progress on his fears.
Remember, he is still a very young little guy!
Yeah, I'm finding that out now with Solo, the pup I adopted yesterday. He's not supposed to go for long walks anyway since he just got fixed. I try to to just put a leash on him and walk him around the yard, or no further than two doors down and back home so he can do his business.
But this afternoon he seemed to really enjoy it. He's scared and skittish since he's a rescue from the pound and he's only 4 months old, but today he began to wag his tail and look like he really enjoyed walking. So I though "fine, we can do the block".
Um, no. Halfway 'round he started getting spooked by other dogs barking and people jogging by and the occasional car passing us. Once we got within sight of the house he perked up, but he was so upset in the middle of the walk he would plain stop and just sit there. I had to carry him part way or we'd have never gotten home. Lesson learned...just take it slow with him. He's only been here one day.