Hello dog lovers - I'm new to the forum and have tried a search on this one so my apologies if this issue has been covered previously.
A week ago we picked up a beautiful mixed breed female terrier (bull terrier x jack russell by the look of her). She was a rescue dog so I have no idea about her history and she replaces our previous darling girl who we put down just before x'mas at nearly 19 years of age.
She is very gentle in nature and like most 9-10 month old dogs is a bundle of energy and wants to play a LOT! She is great inside the house and has no problems in our backyard though she does bark a little (not excessively). She is a little sensitive to new noises and I would describe her as being quite submissive. She doesn't seem to like other dogs much, though she hasn't had a lot of interaction with them in the week we've had her. However, she is quite obedient given the small amount of training we've given her and has settled into her new home nicely.
The problem we have though is taking her for a walk - she just seems to freak out as soon as she goes out the front door. It seems like she doesn't want to leave the house and starts pulling back toward the front door.
If you do manage to drag her away from the front door she then starts to pull in any and every direction and just will not settle down - she even starts hyperventilating. So I did some lead training in the house and the backyard and she seemed to get it - walking calmly at my side.
Then today I put her in the car (to avoid the front door area) and took her to a park nearby that is quiet and free from distractions. She didn't want to get out of the car and when she did - guess what? Pulling in any and every direction, hyperventilating and generally freaking out (including jumping up at me and almost clinging to me).
We've just got home from that excursion and now she is calmly walking around the house again.
The best description I can give for her behaviour is agoraphobic.
I'd appreciate anyone else's experiences with dogs that might be agoraphobic or have displayed similar behaviour to what I've described..