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irishdancer
20:58:00 Wed
Sep 21 2011

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Hi, I need some advice,My pup Lolli will not walk on any main road with a lead on,it all started about a month ago when she slipped her collar on the main rd and ran in front of a lorry,thank god a road worker managed to grab her,she was completley terrified and so was my daughter,anyway she will only go as far as the car with her lead on which is parked on the drive,if you walk further than the car she refuses to move and just sits tight,she seems to be nervous of any road noise now and completley panics,we got a harness for her but to no avail,any one have any ideas about getting her back to walking on the pavements with a lead on ?


  
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Hi There,

That must have been terrifying for you all, especially your daughter.

I would stick to the harness for now, as they are far more difficult to get out of and you and your daughter will feel confident that she's not going to get away.

Sounds like she needs some kind of distraction to make her enjoy her walks again. Does she enjoy squeaky toys? You could take one with you and distract her all the way by encouraging her to focus on you and the toy.

Also, try not to soothe or placate her if she is acting stressed as this will compound her feelings of anxiety. You need to act as if everything is exciting and interesting and tell her she is good, but in a happy, excited voice.

Try going different ways, until she gets her confidence back. Even if you have to only take her for several very short walks, until her confidence returns.

The most important thing you can do is just act as if walks are normal - if you get stressed or anxious about her behaviour, she will react to that too

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irishdancer
22:27:05 Thu
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Hi,Thanks for your reply,i think i will try the squeaky toy first and see what happens.
I drove to the pet shop with her today and she walked to the shop on her lead fine,the problem seems to be walking any where from our house!Our road can get busy at times and its the noise from the traffic that frightens her the most so a distraction may well help,if she refuses to budge should i dragg her with the harness or shall i just take her back indoors?

  
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What an awful experience for you all :eek: Let us know how you get on with the distraction techniques :luck:



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irishdancer
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Thanks will let you know how we get on,x

  
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If she refuses to walk, I wouldn't drag her. If you can't budge her at all. You turn round and walk back home, without making any fuss and try again an hour later or even the next time. You just need her to build up her confidence, without over stressing her. How about if you get dropped off away and walk back home that way? If she manages that, when you are approaching the spot where she stops, turn around before you get there and walk her back again. And just get closer and closer to the spot she wont budge from. Once you are there, again turn round and walk back away from home. With lots of praise, encouragement and distraction

Good luck. :luck::luck:

Quote: irishdancer at 22:27:05 Thu Sep 22 2011

Hi,Thanks for your reply,i think i will try the squeaky toy first and see what happens.
I drove to the pet shop with her today and she walked to the shop on her lead fine,the problem seems to be walking any where from our house!Our road can get busy at times and its the noise from the traffic that frightens her the most so a distraction may well help,if she refuses to budge should i dragg her with the harness or shall i just take her back indoors?



  
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If she refuses to walk, I wouldn't drag her. If you can't budge her at all. You turn round and walk back home, without making any fuss and try again an hour later or even the next time. You just need her to build up her confidence, without over stressing her. How about if you get dropped off away and walk back home that way? If she manages that, when you are approaching the spot where she stops, turn around before you get there and walk her back again. And just get closer and closer to the spot she wont budge from. Once you are there, again turn round and walk back away from home. With lots of praise, encouragement and distraction

Good luck. :luck::luck:

Quote: irishdancer at 22:27:05 Thu Sep 22 2011

Hi,Thanks for your reply,i think i will try the squeaky toy first and see what happens.
I drove to the pet shop with her today and she walked to the shop on her lead fine,the problem seems to be walking any where from our house!Our road can get busy at times and its the noise from the traffic that frightens her the most so a distraction may well help,if she refuses to budge should i dragg her with the harness or shall i just take her back indoors?



  
irishdancer
21:36:30 Mon
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Hi,Today was the first day that Lolli actually went for a walk from the house,i have been taking her out in the car and then parking up and then walking her,i used the treats to distract her,any way today we had a break through which was great,still a little nervous but did not pull or anything,we walked to the shop and then to my sons house around the corner an back again,a huge lorry went past and she wasnt to bad so looking good for now,

  
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Excellent news!! Well done on all your hard work :wink::banana:

  
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Definitely good news, well done to you all :cheering:



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a great trick our trainer taught me was keep some hotdog with you in a baggie....when your praising her, let her lick it, but dont just give it to her. my dog will follow me anywhere if i have hotdogs! the anxiety will pass in time! when my fawn was 6 months old she was ran over by a truck....for a while she wouldnt go near the road n if trucks were backing out or driving by shed get skittish n head the other way. now, she again has no fear but she does stick closer to home when not on a lead

  
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Well done.



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