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Topic Title: My dog hides when we get ready to walk him
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Kathyg
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Wed August 01, 2012 6:43 AM
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I have a approx 4 year old terrier mix I adopted 2 years ago. He has fear issues. I've had him in several 6 week training sessions as well as one private session. In fact he's signed up for a loose leash class this weekend.

He doesnt like going on walks. He hides when it gets close to the time. Once he's leashed he seems fine but getting him out from hiding has become a problem. Yesterday he bared his teeth at me and I believe he would have bitten me. I lassoed him and took him out. I told my vet he didn't like to walk and he said I should make him.

Over time we shortened his walks to just around the block so he could pee/poo. I don't want to traumatize him but I also can't have accidents inside.

FYI, I've already tried treats to lure him etc.

Any advice would be appreciated.

 
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Shiplesp
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Wed August 01, 2012 8:32 AM
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If he's okay once he's leashed, why not leave a "drag line" on him all the time for now. That's a leash with the handle cut off (so he doesn't catch himself up on something). You can then easily (and safely) grab the line, switch to your walking leash and go.

As for the fear issue, you can get some good help and support from the Shy K9s Yahoo group:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/shy-k9s/
These folks have seen it all and I'm sure they can help you with strategies to help him become more confident with the world.

Your instincts are good - your dog's fear puts him at a high risk for biting, so forcing him is not a good idea. If you can get him out safely/hands off when you need to (drag line), you can at least get him out to potty while working on his issues. In this, ignore your vet; trust your instincts. Go slow, and get help/support from folks in the same situation.

Good luck, and keep us posted.

Susan


Edited: Wed August 01, 2012 at 8:35 AM by Shiplesp
 
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Kathyg
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Wed August 01, 2012 9:50 AM
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Thanks for the tips. I've signed up with the group shy-k9s and ordered a dragline.
 
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mteacup
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Fri August 03, 2012 6:48 AM
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For general help with fear, check out www.fearfuldogs.com

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