I have a 5 month old mastiff puppy, I also have 2 other dogs that are 2 years old. Anyway, my 5 month old is scared to go outside in the front yard, she won't even go for a walk. I have tried everything, treats, walking her with my other dogs, nothing works. She freaks out, and then lays in the middle of the street. She has no problem going outside to run in our backyard, but for some reason she gets nervous as soon as I open the front door. Nothing has ever happened to her out there. I have walked her in the back yard with the leash and she is fine, but when I put it on her to go out front she goes nuts. Is there something else I can try??
Has your puppy ever been taken to obedience class? Ever socialized? If so can you tell us how the dog acts in public? I am doubting you have ever gotten that far if it protests that much, but maybe I misunderstood.
Has the dog ever made it away from the house via the front door? Like to the vet??
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Yes I took her for her second and third shots, and I had to carry her to the car and into the vet. She just gets really scared and lays right on her belly. She is socialized by people and my other two dogs. Its only the front of the house that gets her scared. We don't live on a busy street its a quiet neighbor with children. I am hoping she will grow out of it, I try everyday to get her to go outside, this way she doesn't forget the progress she makes, its not much though.
Thats a good idea, i never thought of that. I have just walked her in the back yard to get her used to the leash, but I will try to take her out the back gate. Thank you, I will let you know how it goes. And to answer your question, I have never taken her for a walk, walk.
I have a question... why is she laying down in the middle of the street? Streets really aren't a good place to be walking dogs, as a general rule ;)
Seriously though, don't comfort her when you take her outside. When you reassure a dog verbally or with attention when it is frightened, you can actually make matters worse. Instead, you want going outside, regardless of where you take her, to be a perfectly natural event. After all, people go outside the front door all the time, right?
What I suggest is that you pick a very nice day, one where you're not in a hurry to get anywhere. Grab a book, a magazine or something. Take the dog outside on the leash, when she does her 'sit down strike' (preferably not in the middle of the road, but on the grass on the side, or on the sidewalk), ignore it. Let her sit there as long as she likes. Have a seat with her and read your book. If you're casual about it, the dog will eventually start to realize there's nothing abnormal about being out front, and may start to be more intrested in exploring the environment around her.
You dont actually have to even try taking her for a walk, you can just take a lawn chair out front with her on a long leash, sit down in the chair and let her do what she wants while under the control of the leash. Well, everything except go sit on the front porch and paw at the door ;)
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Well..... then start walkin! You absolutely HAVE to get the dog out of the yard for some breath of fresh air, some life... some exercie. It needs to see the world, sniff things...
Take the dog on a walk every single day. Mine gets two big walks, that would be even better.
Then, after you leave from the back gate, come in from the front so the dog can see how nice the front area is.
I think the dog is so afraid of the outside world because it hasn't left its house for 5 months.
I do not mean to be a pill, but it needs to get out and get moving! You do not want a fearful mastiff!!! Fear drives animals to be very unpredicatable. Only way to ensure they can be trusted in most situations is to expose them to most situations. Take the dog walking through petsmart, and also get enrolled in an obedience class. An out-of-hand mastiff is never a good idea either.
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We live on 3 acres, my dogs have not been in the house for 5 months, they are in a huge fenced in back yard, I take my other two dogs for a long walk in the morning and around 6 o'clock. The 5 month old runs in the back yard with the other two, so she gets outs alot, runs around, gets plenty of exercise.
How does she like the leash or the harness? This almost sounds like 'I'm not going, and you're not taking me'If you have 3 acres, you also have enough rooom to walk the yard for half an hour, and see how much space you have, and then slowly edge off the property. I know it might be hard taking 3 dogs, so you'll have to get help. Good luck.
hi...if i were you i would listen to what minniyar is saying..i have always been told you dont show any feelings of any kind to scared or any nervous actions..it shows them that it is a ok behavior and makes them worse...so i really would try the way minniyar said...good luck!
I'm having the same problem with my 10 week old minigoldendoodle. I don't know if it is because he was shipped to Cleveland from South Carolina from the breeder, via a stop in Texas and then to Cleveland. He seemed ok, playful but stayed close to me. After a few days of going outside in front of my apartment, where there is a little playground and a grassy area, he was excited to run around, especially if children are outside. When I try to take him for a walk, just down 1/2 block, he starts to act frightened, stopping and looking at me and won't walk. If I call him, he will run to me and then it starts again, he won't walk. Sometimes he tries to run the other way and he is always running to the enterance of my building, wanting to go inside. I live by a Metropark pathway and loved taking my dogs before him on walks everyday. Will he get over this fear and eventually enjoy going for a walk? Is there a suggestion for how I can help him through this? He is frightened by the sound of trucks and the school bus and I can't blame him, they are loud. I've had minigoldendoodle in the past and didn't have this problem. He loved walks. This puppy is only 7#. Could it be that he is just so tiny that everything is frightening?
Many years ago I had a pit puppy that would not walk on the leash. One day I was at my sisters house and was in a hurry to get to the store about a block down the road and she would not walk. So I tied her to the porch and walked away after I got out of the yard she started having a fit. I went back and got her and she followed me with no more problems. After that she was great on her leash for the rest of her 12 years of life. I think it was a battle of wills. Good luck with your baby.
***Edited By: karma88 on 5/7/2010 2:08:34 PM*** Reason: spelling
Hello well I got my grandmother a puppy after aher major heart surgery so she can have so joy after such an ordeal with her health ( it was a klee kai I know they have a lot of energy but her surgon said that she would need to be more active if she wanted her heart to stay strong) so during her time of recovery she would only walk the dog in her back yard which was pretty huge nd have her friends & neighbors dogs come by to play with him...but when my grandmother got better she would try to take him outside but he would be so affraid of going out front nd fight to go back in the house all the time so when I came over I would try everything....treats toys ect... But I realize that he was scared of the sounds that came from the front of the house seeing that he's only been out in the back of the house so I started recording sounds from the nieghborhood and also started collecting new smells for him like different flowers I wrapped bandanas around trees nd left there 4 a week wheter it rained or was beautiful sunny day( my grandma lives in a gated community so I could leave all the bandanas around nd no1 think iot was gang related lol) then I would burn a cd of the recording so he could hear the sound from out front all day and placed the bandanas at the front door so when he walked by to go upstairs he could sniff it and would wonder what's the new interesting smell.....and it all worked he was always ready to go see what was going on outside nd see what new smells were out there nd also taking him thru the back of the house to get to the front also helped a lot when get him ready for his new world to discover....and yes please don't pamper the dog @ all when they act affraid notice they look at you when they do this that bcuz you're their leader so act like 1 and show them no attention nd keep moving forward or call a nieghbor out to have a chat with while you're in front of your house nd laugh and joke with them and your dog will see that you're not concerned about the scary things that is making him affraid and he'll warm right up to being out front....hope I helped somewhat