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I have two new 11 week old puppies, Delphie and Duffy...<br><br><br><br>
Delphie is a go-getter happy jumpy chappy...<br><br><br><br>
Duffy isn't!<br><br><br><br>
Delphie is happy to walk on his lead but Duffy is petrified. He starts to shake and whimper and wet himself when we try to get him walking... we've tried ditching the lead and carrying him for a while to get him going, but to no avail...<br><br><br><br>
they are brothers from the same litter, and they were healthy when we got them from the RSPCA so i don;t think mistreatment is an issue...and besides Delphie is so happy that it doesn't make sense...<br><br><br><br>
I'm thinking it may just be a simple personality trait that Duffy is lazy and doesn't want to walk, but i need some helpful opinions in case i haven't thought of something that may be wrong, or perhaps some tricks to try to help him get motivated and un-scared...<br><br><br><br>
any ideas?
 

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I don't think he's lazy--he sounds extremely scared. See how he reacts if you just put him on the lead in the house or fenced in yard, without trying to get him to walk. Will he wlk on his own in those familiar environments, dragging the lead behind? If so, pick up the lead, leaving plenty of slack, and follow HIM around, letting him go where he wants.<br><br><br><br>
Just because the two pups came from the same litter doesn't necessarily mean that Duffy hasn't had a negative experience with the lead. The prior owners may have decided to "train" him first, and treated him harshly when he didn't get the idea right away.<br><br><br><br>
Just remember that ESPECIALLY with a frightened animal, you must be calm and patient and use POSITIVE reinforcement.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, when getting him used to the lead by letting him drag it, be sure NEVER to leave him alone--if he got caught on something, he would end up even more terrified, not to mention potentially hurt.
 

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i think hes just scared and very submissive ! like mouse said only use positve renforcement and that and when he gets older if your not home during the day put him in like puppy daycare or sumthin like that<br><br>
let us know how it goes
 

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mmm... yeah we've tried letting him go on his own on the lead and that didn't work... he just lays down, ears, eyes and legs to the ground and still won't move!<br><br><br><br>
you're right that being positive is the most important thing... today when i tried the lead he was a bit better until i actually put it on, and then he just lay down, and then rolled onto his back as if he wanted a pat... so i just gave him love and told him it was ok that he didn't want to come this time... my hubby said he didn't cry about being left behind today so that is good...<br><br><br><br>
i'm going to keep trying, but not forcing anything... thanks for the advice... keep it coming!
 

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If he's reacting that way just to the fact of having the lead on him, I would try this: Put the lead on him, then move a few feet awy and see whether you can get him to come to you (with him dragging the lead), by calling to him and at the same time holding out a little treat. If this works, keep lengthening the distance between you and him before you give him the treat. (Make it very small bits of treat, since this process may require many baby steps.) You may be able to get him used to the fact of the lead in this way, and it will also become associated in his mind with something very good--treats.<br><br><br><br>
Let us know how you progress! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Wow ... this sounds just like my mom's two Dachshunds. The famale (Frisky) is outgoing and likes to play. The male (Buddy) is what I like to term 'sensitive'... he always looks like he is thinking. Frisky will attack and bite at the water sprayed from a water hose and bark and play ... Buddy will walk away (careful not to bring attention to himself and hide. Doesn't want anything to do with that danged water hose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> )<br><br><br><br>
Just like with people, dogs can be different in personality. In a way it sounds like the one dog is extroverted and the other introverted. Being an introvert myself, I can relate to how sudden changes and new things forced on me can make me uncomfortable. I'm convinced these traits are not specific to humans and represent different ways to deal with stimuli and the world.<br><br><br><br>
Just remember certain ways of getting him to like the leash will work but others will make him hate it even more so don't force him. Association with treats sounds like a good idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> . It may juts take him longer to accept it and make sure it's not a bad thing<br><br><br><br>
I'm wondering where you are walking. Are there any cars and trucks or other loud noises. Some dogs (more sensitive ones) hate cars and trucks.
 

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I had exactly the same idea as Mouse, try and entice him to come for treats. Most dogs are incredibly food motivated (and Mojo my sweety is ball-motivated!). Patience and positivity are the keys... Khan who is 5 this year was terrified of the leash when we got him (not necessary to say why *grr*) but now he loves going for walks... he goes nuts in a good way when he sees me pick it up.
 

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cool, i will try that...<br><br><br><br>
the last couple of days i've let hime stay homw when delphie goes for a walk, and yesterday i thought i'd give him the treat of some time with me inside the house while delphie was walked by hubby, so he knows he isn;t being punished in anyway for not going...<br><br><br><br>
so tonight i'll try letting him walk around the house with the lead on so he knows that isn;t so bad, and i'll try the treats idea to get him to come to me...<br><br><br><br>
will report results!<br><br><br><br>
cheers!
 

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hmm another idea if that doesn't work..<br><br><br><br>
does he wear a collar all the time or do you put the collar on when it's time to use the lead? maybe it's the collar he doesn't like or maybe his collar is too tight or if he has sensitive skin maybe it's chaffing him and putting the lead on it makes it worse. check out the skin around his neck, give him a good scratch to see if his skin is flaky etc.
 
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