I just received Ace into my home today. I've noticed, and the woman who had him before pointed out to me that he isn't exactly trained well on a leash. He pulls and sits down so he doesn't have to move and I'm going to have to get him a harness so he won't pull his collar off.
Do you have any tips for me?
I discovered he walks fine when no one is near by. When people come near him, he tries to bolt to our door, he whines, he shakes, and he just overall is looking for a place to hide. He will not go anywhere near other people, I have to carry him if I want to take him somewhere. He's just so frightened, and it's surprising. The lady told me it's just cause he's a country dog, but this seems like something more..
Any ideas? Tips?
Loop Martingale - A collar consisting of two loops. One goes over the dog's head and a smaller loop contains the D ring for leash attachment. When the dog pulls, the collar gently tightens, preventing the dog from backing out of it. Very popular with sight hounds, it is suitable for any breed. Excellent choice for the collar escape artist! You can also add an extra D ring that doesn't tighten the collar when in use. I got a custom collar made by collarshop.org
I removed the chain from the Martingales to save weight and noise, although I've heard that the sound of the chain clinking through the D rings is an auditory cue.
I think I've figured out what the problem really is - he's TERRIFIED of other sounds!
I took him out this morning on the leash. He was fine with it, walked around and went potty.
Then some girls from my neighborhood came by laughing, and he bolted under my legs. It wasn't too bad, but after that some girl came running with her sandals and he ran straight for my door and started whining to go back in. He was panicked! To top it off, one woman came by to say good morning, and he lost it.
When I opened to door, he ran straight for his crate and WILL NOT come out. He's too scared. He won't even come for some treats or food.
I believe he's just extremely skiddish, and this isn't good for my neighborhood. Any advice?
If you just got him he may just be overwhelmed with all the new experiences. I'd give him some time to adjust.
I would also look into a training class you could take with him, if he is still acting nervous it should help him with his confidence, and I'm sure the trainer will be able to provide you with additional support as well.
I use martingale collars for my dogs and love them. I would try one before going to a harness. If you look on etsy.com there are many sellers who make them in tons of nice colors and patterns if you can't find one locally.
When people are inside my home, he's okay. But when he steps foot outside, he'll bolt if someone comes near or even closes a door. Any little movement or sound will set him off. He's gotten to the point where he stands up to try to slip out of his collar.
I want to take him to a park to let people pet him, and let him realize he isn't going to get hurt.
There is a really good pamphlet called The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell, she gives step-by-step advice for helping dogs to overcome their fear of people/strangers. Best of luck to you, keep us posted
Here's a link for the pamphlet on Amazon: