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    i have a 12 week old pup. and ive been trying to get him to walk with treat rewards etc. if the day is really quiet he will walk with me. but as soon as he hears another dog or something. his tail is between his legs and he starts to run home. does any one have any suggestions how to get him over this stupid fear of "dogs barking?

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    Your puppy should not be walking out in the street until he has finished his first course of vaccinations.

    The best thing is to join a puppy pre school. There he can socialise with other healthy, vaccinated pups and overcome his fears of the outside world. He is still a baby and the world can be a scary place when you are small.

    Many Vet clinics run puppy pre schools so it should not be difficult to find one in your area.

    Good luck.

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    It's best to keep pup in your yard untill after the 3rd vax (then 2 weeks after that..just to be safe). However..I did take my pup out just up the street and back occasionally and I kept her on the rd..not the grass and she was like your pup..scared of everything and just sat there..lol.

    There is nothing to expect of your pup at this age...once he's fully vaxx, he'll be more mature and able to handle things a bit more...it wont happen overnight, but with your confidence and treats, he'll come good

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    Make sure you don't give him attention for it, try to just keep on walking, even if you slow - but don't look or reassure him.
    He may pull behind you but he most likely won't let him self get dragged, he will just see that you are certain there is nothing to be scared of.

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    Its not a stupid fear, he is a puppy, he doesnt know what the big bad world is like.
    Keeping him on a lead obviously will stop him running home.
    Let him go slow and take his time.
    Keep the walks small maybe 5 minutes, then 10 minutes and so on, so he doesnt get so overwhelmed.
    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Make sure you don't give him attention for it, try to just keep on walking, even if you slow - but don't look or reassure him.
    He may pull behind you but he most likely won't let him self get dragged, he will just see that you are certain there is nothing to be scared of.
    I'm with Natty..

    Personally I think there's such a small chance of him picking up anything from being out without a full vax (But I am NO PROFESSIONAL!). IMO I think it's far more of a risk to let those formative weeks as a pup go by with him inside when you could be outside getting him better adjusted.

    Get him moving beside your leg with treats then when he shuts down and stops, just wait...don't do anything just wait with slight tension in the lead ahead of him. Key thing to remember when trying to get dogs moving is "He can't stay there forever".

    This is how I taught my man to climb stairs. He was very scared of them and we have LOTS, so I'd wait a few steps down from him with tension on the lead and eventually he'd either have to move or stay sitting there (obviously not forever but long enough). Same goes for walking. Now he can't wait to go outside and just BURNS up and down those stairs.

    Don't show any stress outside when there's unusual things going on, once I waited outside a house that had a barking dog behind the fence for nearly 15mins, Pup wanted to sprint away but I made him sit and we just chilled until he was calm, then we just walked away like nothing ever happened.

    And don't push him too hard! Remember he's just a lil fella with a mind that's trying to comprehend a complex world.

    Go through a few barriers on a small walk, twice daily and then let him come home..little bits will do the job!
    Just keep him in a walking routine twice a day without fail so that he starts to look forward to it,
    I GAURANTEE that pretty soon he'll go nuts when he sees you pick up the lead.


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    Lol well your puppy is better than mine.
    First chance he gets, he runs on onto the road and runs...and runs...and runs.
    Once he ran in front of a reversing car and in the mist of trying to pic him up i fell over so there we were lying in the road while a car is waiting to reverse.

    I wish Marshall was a scardy cat but his just larger than life and willing to try anything.
    silly puppy
    "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

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