Hey everyone, I'm a new dog owner..just got a Westie puppy a couple of weeks ago. Right now Charlie is about 12 weeks old and he is afraid of the outside! I live in the city in an apartment building so when I take Charlie outside I think he's a little overcome by all the noise and commotion. He has no problem when I put on his leash or going through the elevator, it's when I put him down to do his business that he gets scared and wants to go right back inside! When I first got him..the first few days or so, he was fine, exploring everything but still walking fine..he was even getting used to peeing/pooping outside! This only lasted about 4-5 days and currently the only time he does do his business outside is in the morning at 6am. I'm thinking this may be because he can't hold it in anymore..or because it's very quiet at 6am!? He has no problem going into the car, roaming around parks, going to the vet, etc it's just when i put him down to start walking somewhere he stops and I literally have to DRAG him to even go a few feet to a grassy area so he can do his business. This issue is obviously making housebreaking very hard since the only time he will go outside is at 6am! All the other times, he pees/poops immediately when we come back inside on his puppy pads. He's a very good dog, he rarely barks except for when I leave him alone for too long and always eats/plays as much as he can. I really need some help and advice on how I could make it more fun for him to go out..any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)
Awww....poor little guy!!! I had an English Springer Spaniel once who cried and almost screamed the first time we took her outside on the grass!! It took about a week, and she was fine. My advice to you is to slowly take your little guy out later in the morning, and try to socialize him as much as possible. Try taking him to a park, when it's not at it's busiest, and work your way up to a Sunday afternoon! Make sure he goes for several short walks, and slowly increase them, from a quiet residential area, to a noisier area. He will become accustomed to the world, but it will take time and patience. I would also turn the t.v on fairly loudly for a short time, daily, and play some background music when you leave him alone. Good luck with him.
Thanks for your reply! Whenever he is sleeping in his crate and I have to leave I always turn the T.V. on just in case he wakes up to have some noise for him so he doesn't feel all alone.
He loves going to parks even when they are busy it's just the part of walking to the park that he doesn't like. Unfortunately I live near a street that's very busy other than in the early morning so I can't take him to really quiet places so he can relieve himself. Hopefully he will get used to the noise soon! But just out of curiosity...how long should this "frightening" period last before I should really start to worry?
Firstly, I think you should get up at 4 and let him out. I think he will slowly get used to the noise and traffic, just with gentle persistance in exposing him to it.He must have come from a very quiet area, and needs time to adjust. When would I start getting worried? I guess I would worry if he was still acting this way at 9 months, but it may just be that he is a little bit high strung. It could be genetic, did you meet his parents? Was he well socialized when you got him, or was he scared stiff of everything? I would try to de-sensitize him to traffic, by taking him to a busy area, with a green spot near by, and do some walking up and down, very slowly getting closer and closer to the traffic, until it does'nt bother him. Use treats, and act like you're doing the most fun activity ever! Good luck with Charlie boy!
You're right, I got Charlie from a breeder who lived on a HUGE property...only acres and acres of grass, trees and peacefulness around! It wasn't anywhere near the city and I don't think he was ever let out of the property other than going to the vet. He was very social when I picked him up playing with his mother and the other dogs on the property, his mother was also very social. I think this is why he loves being in the park, he remembers the grass and the peacefulness where he grew up. I will try to use treats to lure him to walk around the busy city streets more, but he gets so distracted and he sniffs EVERYTHING! He's a curious little guy!
About the crate training...the first few nights I got him and he was whining at night, I woke up and took him out during the night but he still didn't go outside, he just wanted to play and he peed as soon we came back inside. It took an hour to get him to sleep again because he was so wired. I'm wondering, wouldn't taking him out whenever he cries just be reinforcing his behavior and making it seem like play time is whenever he wakes up? I know he can hold it in because most nights he sleeps 7 hours without whining yet there are some occasions when he wakes up, cries, and goes back to sleep after 10 min. I just want him to get used to sleeping through out the whole night without waking up and crying.