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Old 08-31-2011, 11:58 AM
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Questions about my new puppy - sitting down on walks, separation etc

Hello,
Thanks for the advice I got in the toilet training section where I went through what I had been doing and whether it was right or not. I think we will get there with toilet training eventually! I feel less worried about that now........

However, my two issues now are separation and sitting down on walks. I have read everything I can find on separation and I am convinced that is what Bebhinn has. I try to leave her in a room and she howls, cries, whines, barks, scratches the door and urinates and all of that was in 15 mins.

I have tried leaving treats in there, a stuffed kong, chew toys. I have tried going in and out of the door many times and increasing the time but it doesn't seem to be working. I have only had her 4 days, but still........
I haven't been crate training her as she is calm in the bedroom, sleeps etc. But I think now I might start. I have set up the crate in the living room and will try to use it over the next day or two by giving her treats every time she goes in, along with a kong and chew. And she won't get any of these if she is out of the crate. Then I will try disappearing.

My other issue is sitting down on walks. When we leave the house she sits down in the drive and does not move. I have tried bribing with treats but I know that is not meant to be good - they are meant to be rewards. She is generally OK once she is out on the walk, but she does the same on the drive on the way back and doesn't want to go in the house. Any suggestions?

Many thanks.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:11 PM
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I'm not sure about the sitting down question but I may be able to help a little on SA. My dog Synnu doesn't like being on his own very much and this, I now think, is partly because I got quite anxious about not setting up SA when I got him! I've learnt that dogs are amazingly sensitive to our emotions and energy and the more stressed and anxious you are, the more he'll pick up on this. For example, because Synnu cried so much for the first few nights I began to dread leaving him in his crate so I (unwittingly) set up a circle where I'd think "oh no, I've got to put him in his crate now and he's going to cry" he no doubt thought "something bad's going to happen now, I can feel it" and so he cried, and I felt worse - and so it went on till I could break the cycle which I did by getting my husband to put him in his crate for a few nights.

Anyway, my advice would be to read up all you can on SA and be consistent - don't try too many things at once, or keep changing what you do. Dogs, particularly young dogs, like consistency and structure. Mainly, though, find a way of calming yourself down and not getting anxious. I appreciate this is easier said than done but perhaps focussing on the structure bit and the long term gains rather than how you feel right now may help. Am I making sense? (Sorry, I feel I'm rambling).
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Thank you! I am trying to be consistent and we are getting somewhere - slowly but surely!
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Is she clicker trained? You could try click-treating at the doorway before getting into the driveway and moving slowly (over a period of days or weeks) to click-treating farther out to the street. You should eventually be able to fade the food completely.

A lot of our members also train loose leash walking inside or in the backyard (without distractions) so that there is a better foundation when the dog actually goes out. If you work on walking inside while working on moving in the driveway, you may have an easier time of it.

I'd also look at the whole walk - how far you are going and her age. The big walks might just be too scary right now, and you may need to practice shorter walks, or just walk in front of the house first to get her used to it a bit more.
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