Digby is 4 1/2 months old and as good as gold, until we take him out. He won’t budge and just sits shaking. Tried EVERYTHING!!! Any advice please?
Thanks for this. He’s frightened no matter where we take himIf he sit shaking he is telling you he is scared not naughty. Just go outside and sit and watch the world go by and give him lots of tasty treats and encouragement to explore a little knowing he will not be forced. Is he any happier if you got to a park or green open space? If he is drive him there and again let him explore slowly with no force and plenty of encouragement
We put his lead on in the garden, and admittedly tried to walk with him ( didn’t realise he wouldn’t like it), he went berserk poor thing, was squealing and crying. It sounded like we’d hurt him (very upsetting). Dropped the lead right away and took it off. Never known this before and we felt awful!!! He’s got a light lead, yesWhat were first lead experiences like and when did it go wrong? What happened?
Yes I think that’s what’s triggered it ( I should of mentioned that in the beginning). He won’t take treats when lead is on, but I’ll try doing what you said when it’s near him. Thank youOK and since then when the lead goes on he freezes and will not move or take treats?
Sounds like that experience has really terrified him and you need to break it right down.
Will he take treats when the lead is on the floor near him, when it is in your hand, when you lift the lead slightly, when you move it towards him? You need to find the step at which he copes and then very slowly and carefully work with him to teach him it is safe, you need to work at his pace and when he says enough and stops wanting to take treats and join in you need to respect that at stop for that session and try again later.
He actually came to us a couple of times with the lead on yesterday after we coaxed him (again) with treats, and pretending I was going to eat them 😁😁😁(the things you do) 😂😂. Just going to persevere and keep fingers crossed. Thanks so much though LenaHow is it going with the little cutie Donna?
Not many people (in the younger age bracket) remember the film Digby 😂😂😂We had a dog who completely froze if he had anything more than a collar and lead on him. Have you tried attaching a very light lead on him in the house and then garden and just letting it trail so he can get used to it being attached. Lots of rewards with high value treats, we find coked chicken to be a winner, but some dogs seem to be sensitive. We’ve had a couple of rescue dogs that were anxious and we found a thunder vest or even just an equa fleece t shirt helped calm and give a bit more confidence, again getting used to wearing it in the house first. We have a Digby too 🥰- he usually loves his walks but if it’s dark he does his business and then turns for home- not that I’m complaining😀.
Awww that’s great!!! Yes we carry him, but once we put him on the ground he still won’t even take a treat off us or on the ground. Still persevering ☹☹😁😁Hi I've had the same problem with my cockapoo which I got at 5months old who had no collar and lead experience.
I've had him for two weeks now and has greatly improved by carrying him if he was scared when out but just let him experience the sights and sounds.
I would put him on the ground and he would just sit and not move so would throw lots of tasty treats in front of him and he would slowly move forward.
I found him walking alongside another well behaved dog help a great deal .
It was a slow process i let him take his time and gave lots of praise and throwing treats in front of him and rewards when walking.
If I wasn't having a good day with him I would just sit on a park bench and watch the world go by.
Two weeks later I've got a dog who enjoys going for a walk.