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Old 01-21-2011, 04:10 AM
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I have a beautiful new Goldendoodle puppy named "Baby" who I got when she was 14 weeks old. The breeder she came from had been holding her back for a couple who ended up backing out when the puppy was already 12 weeks old so she had very little socialization - I got her at 14 weeks old and now I believe she's very timid because of the lack of socialization during those important first weeks. She has started to warm up to us a little more every day and she loves our other 2 adult dogs however she is petrified of new people and the question I have is regarding leash training. She is so scared to have a leash put on her that she'll just stand there and refuse to move and even if I just gently grab her by the collar and try to guide her somewhere she'll just sit down and stick like concrete. Treats and sweet loving voices do not work. When she's like this she will refuse even treats (which she usually loves) so I know it's because she's scared but I don't know how to make it better for her. I need help. Also how do I get her to be more confident? My standard poodle was also very timid when I got her at 6 months old and then she did get much better but she's still very stranger weary. So I want to help them both with these issues. Thanx in advance.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:22 AM
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First off, welcome to the forum! Its good of you to come and post your question.

How long has Baby been home with you? Puppies can be very overwhelmed for a few days at least, so she is still in the adjustment phase.

That said, there is a LOT you can do to help her over her fears. Folks here recommend Positive Reinforcement training and using a "clicker" to help dogs learn, and to help them change how they feel about things that frighten them.

The most basic idea is to use food rewards, as you have tried, to help her. I would recommend a couple of good puppy books for you to get to your house as soon as possible. Here are two:

Amazon.com: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (9781577314554): Dr. Ian Dunbar: Books Amazon.com: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (9781577314554): Dr. Ian Dunbar: Books

Amazon.com: Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (9781593375973): Paul Owens, Terence Cranendonk, Norma Eckroate: Books Amazon.com: Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care (9781593375973): Paul Owens, Terence Cranendonk, Norma Eckroate: Books

Meanwhile, keep doing as you are doing and that is to be extremely gentle and patient with you new pup. Don't worry about getting her to walk on a leash like a grown up dog right now. Just use a long rope to take her out to potty and let her walk around, sniff and so forth. Don't pull on her. A puppy this age does not need to walk in a straight line down the road at all. In fact they are not ready to do much more than just go out, go potty, and perhaps play a little in the yard. They don't want to go far from home yet, especially if they are still frightened and adjusting.

Overall what you can do now is simply help her to be happy with people and with handling by laying on the floor with her, letting her come up to you, giving her bits of kibble or other treats. Be very calm with her and let her approach you. Don't let people overwhelm her by stooping over her, grabbing her head/collar, etc. You can watch her and see when she is overwhelmed and frigthened... you have described it already so you know what she does. Your job is to manage her environment so people are not scaring her right now. Teach people how to sit on the floor and calmly wait for her to come over for a treat. Gently offer a toy.

Stick with us here on dogforum and ask more questions! Post some more pics of your puppy and tell us more about her and about what she is doing. Read some threads about puppy training, potty training, and other people's experiences raising their puppies. I think you will start to see some ideas that you can enact with your Baby.
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I just came home with a new puppy yesterday, her name is Lucy, and she is an 8-week old Pyrenees-Lab mix. She is the cutest little puppy ever, but she seems uninterested in playing, seems the same as Dreamydoodles' problem. When we take her outside to go potty, she tries to walk the opposite way of the leash and if you try to guide her too hard, she just sits or lies down and won't move. She slept all day yesterday and today, and if she's out in her playpen and no one is around and you walk in the room, she will bolt into her crate and hide in the corner. She also has only barked once the entire time. This is our first dog so we are just concerned because she doesn't seem like the typical playful puppy you normally think of. She is only 8 weeks old so is this just a phase and she is just adjusting to her new home, or is it just her personality and temperament?
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She's probably pretty overwhelmed.
Have you taken her to the vet yet?
I'd get her health checked out first thing. Sleeping all day can be a sign of illness, although not necessarily, but better safe than sorry.

Perhaps you could start your own thread about your puppy. This thread is pretty old.

Also, check out the puppy help section threads for a general education on what to expect as a new puppy owner.

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Hi Snap I got my puppy under the same circumstance, but the breeder said that the pup abelgian Shepherd had been bullied by the bigger dogs,Faye is five months old, she is even scared of eating, and takes her food out of the bowl and goes and hide with it. It breaks my heart that such a young animal should be having issues, tried to enrol her in puppy classes, but because of her timidty that hasnt worked, but a trainer did give me some advice, do not respond to her negative, i.e. dont make a fuss when she acts scared or you will reenforce that behaviour, it is really hard, as I just want to pick her up and give her a cuddle, tomorrow is a big day, as trying to get her to enjoy car travel, and taking her to the beach.But fingers cross, if we try to do everything, it may make matters worse. The only positive thing is our other Belgian Shepherd who is six, doesnt see her timidity, and plays rough and tumble with her, and Faye is now giving as good as she gets.Gemini
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