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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Haha, yea, my back is pretty sore from a couple of days ago cos I was trying to coax her to walk, but she wouldnt unless I was in a crouch. I've being teaching her to 'come' when Im not in a crouch, so far... well its not going too well.
    At hte moment I don't have a dog to work with since my friend with the dachshund is away, and the only other dog I know is 12 week old Lab who makes Dora being impossible on the leash positively angelic - he's useless, and his owner isnt doing anything about it.
    Today I did the whole stopping while shes pulling, but it only works when shes pulling in FRONT of me, not BEHIND. I dont think she's got her head wrapped around the idea that when I stop while shes puling its a bad thing, not because I want to admire the scenery.
    It was horrible coaxing her out of the drive today. We live in a complex of villas and t/houses so the driveways really big. I usually let her off the leash in it, and walk down to the bottom and yell "Dora, come here!" which she usually does, but she wouldn't today. After ten minutes of it, I finally gave up and carried her to the end.
    She understood quicker this time that walk = coming home, and I only stood there for ten minutes ignoring her while she lunged and pulled towards the house. Trouble is, once she got walking, we went past a lady and her grandson and the lady was all in Dora's face. "Aww, what a cutie, let me pat you, kiss kiss, kiss kiss" etc. I told her firmly not to touch Dora since she was scared but the lady ignored me and tried to pat Dora's head. Lemme tell you - that pissed me off. Dora's got her tail between her legs and this stranger is dominating her space.
    Im sure if it wasnt for that lady, the walk wouldve being fine. But, it wasnt. I kept stopping ever metre because Dora kept pulling behind me. We finally got to the turning point, and turned back where she kept pulling in FRONT of me. I kept stopping again, and at the end I think Dora got it - dont walk in front of your owner.
    There is an instant fix to that, well there are actually two...

    1. My dog bites, don't touch her. (Saying she's scared makes people want to coddle)
    2. My dog is in training as an assistance dog. Please don't pat her as you will destroy her training. (This is allowed as long as you DON'T try to get her into places where a dog isn't allowed, such as shopping centres etc)

    The other option is to stand between Dora and the person and tell them rudely "I already asked you not to touch my dog. Go away now, you are scaring her."

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    Thanks Angela I tried the bite one, but the lady scoffed "she wont bite me" and got in Doras face all over again. Its frustrating how stubborn people can be.

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    People often don't believe me when I say its much easier to teach an enthusiastic dog (a puller) to walk nicely than it is to encourage a dog up to walk next to you (a lagger or scared dog).

    I would be taking things slowly with Dora, get her used to hanging out the front of your complex, just having fun, trying to make her relax. When a dog is stressed it's very hard for it to learn anything.

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    Yea. Later today I might let her ahve free reign of the complex for maybe five minutes. We arent allowed to have her off leash, but I dont want to pull her, I just wanna let her explore on her own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Thanks Angela I tried the bite one, but the lady scoffed "she wont bite me" and got in Doras face all over again. Its frustrating how stubborn people can be.
    Simplest response in that situation "If you say so, but if you keep getting in her face I will bite you"

    I've had to deal with some really scared fosters and teaching them not to be afraid of everything is hard enough without people like that making it harder.

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    If I understand right she is only pulling to go home? If that's the case then she is scared. Hang out the front, lead attached. Look for relaxed body language and praise her. Ignore scared Dora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Simplest response in that situation "If you say so, but if you keep getting in her face I will bite you"

    I've had to deal with some really scared fosters and teaching them not to be afraid of everything is hard enough without people like that making it harder.
    It's just plain frustrating. I think she thought that since Dora is so cute she wouldnt bite or hurt anyone. I know Dora wouldnt... but seriously, I said NOT TO TOUCH HER.
    Dora's scared enough as it is without someone getting in her space.
    Out of interest, how did you teach your fosters not to be afraid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Yea. Later today I might let her ahve free reign of the complex for maybe five minutes. We arent allowed to have her off leash, but I dont want to pull her, I just wanna let her explore on her own.
    Leave the leash on and let her drag it around behind her. That way if anyone comes in you can grab the leash and you won't get into trouble Even let her drag it around inside first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    If I understand right she is only pulling to go home? If that's the case then she is scared. Hang out the front, lead attached. Look for relaxed body language and praise her. Ignore scared Dora.
    Yep, I've being ignoring her when shes scared, but praising her as soon as she relaxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    It's just plain frustrating. I think she thought that since Dora is so cute she wouldnt bite or hurt anyone. I know Dora wouldnt... but seriously, I said NOT TO TOUCH HER.
    Dora's scared enough as it is without someone getting in her space.
    Out of interest, how did you teach your fosters not to be afraid?
    It's really hard to type out! If you can give me until tonight I'll get it written up properly so you can see everything in the correct order.

    ETA: It's basically a tonne of confidence building. Everything small is a huge deal, make a big fuss of a sit being correct etc. Give them lots of chances to 'win'. I'll explain more tonight

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