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Old 01-31-2015, 04:12 PM
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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.
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Our little guy still wasn't real comfortable outside at 3 months either. ANY noise would send him at a full run back to the door. Like everyone has said, just take it slow and don't push to fast.

What helped mine (I think) is that every time he was freighted I'd pat him and keep saying "it's OK" softly over and over and stand so my leg was touching his shoulder. It seemed to give him some comfort. Now when he gets startled on walks he goes right to that position.
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Yelping did nothing for my pup as well. I had to physically remove myself every time her biting got out of hand. Of course, this meant back and forth for many times. What Rain suggested is great too. Always have toys around. Redirect his biting to toys. Get different types of toys with different textures and find out what he prefers.
I do exactly the same thing! Redirect her biting to fun toys and it works so far (it took a few days to see results but now we're good).
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