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Puppy problems: Sniffing whilst on walks & yelping at odd times

Hey guys, I have 2 problems and need your expert advice please!

I've just started taking Bear for walks outside now that she's had her 12 week shot. She was great on the lead at home but whilst walking outside, she stops and sniffs EVERYTHING! I thought it was just because she was getting used to all the new smells etc so I let her do it. That was the wrong decision wasn't it? Now, a week later, I can't get her to keep walking. She stops all the time. At puppy school she learnt the command "Let's go" which she responded to up until now. Now I say it and she just plants herself down and doesn't move because she's annoyed that I won't let her sniff. She doesn't respond to treats either, especially when she's annoyed with me. What can I do?! Oh and I use a collar and lead, not a harness as she doesn't even move when she's wearing it. And I've tried for 4 weeks to get her used to it. She absolutely hates harnesses!

Ok so my next issue is, she yelps at really strange times. For example, if I step over her and she gets surprised, she yelps. Is this a puppy thing or do I have a particularily sensitive pup?? She even yelps sometimes when I pick her up. She has a clean bill of health from a recent vet visit so I know nothing is wrong physically.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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P.S. Sorry for the super long post!

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Hi Clair,

It takes young puppies a LONG time to get used to walking on a leash nicely. I had exactly the same problem with Cey when he was about Bear's age - - he had to stop and sniff everything, and, if I tried to force him to walk, he would just plant his little butt down and refuse!

Maybe there is better training advice out there but here is what I did (and, Cey has no trouble walking on a leash now, though I do let him stop and sniff occasionally): I just let him do what he wanted to do, and when he did what *I* wanted him to do (walk forward), he would get a treat. Positive reinforcement, right? . Seriously, even with that, it seemed to take for freaking ever for him to finally walk nicely on the leash... but now, looking back, he was walking pretty nicely in general just a couple of months after I started the positive reinforcements. Now, he doesn't get treats for walking nicely but does get to stop and sniff occasionally and he is pretty content with that.

I seriously think that it just takes patience. The worst thing you can do is make a walk a negative experience for your little girl, so, just remember that. And, with consistency and training, before you know it, she will outgrow the 'plant the butt down' phase (at least for the most part haha!).

As for the harness, I would just try to get her used to it during other times than walking. Put it on her at other random times during the day, just to get her used to it. A harness REALLY is better, especially when they get older and bolder, as it doesn't hurt their little necks if and when they pull.

Don't know what to tell you about the yelping... sounds like she might do that when she is surprised maybe. Others more experienced than I will, I am sure, chime in but it seems to me that as long as she isn't acting aggressive or fearful, the yelping is nothing to worry about... and if she is acting fearful along with yelping, there are lots of things that you can do to help both you and her with that (again, I will let more experienced people chime in about that!)

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Hi, it sounds as if Bear is actually doing well with the collar and leash.Many Havs take a very long time to get used to them.When we first took Dizzie out I was surprised by his reaction,I thought he would be all bouncy and happy trying to pull me over[like our other dogs had done in the past],but not a bit of it he just sat down and didn't want know,so it took a bit of coaxing, and special treats[cold sausage]to get him to realise that going for a walk is fun.Also Dizzie has a very low thresh hold to pain,or to what he perceives might hurt him!He HATES being groomed,so I don't, he goes to the groomers once every six weeks[so the lady who does him is the baddie not me].

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Thanks for the responses. She's doing a lot better. I guess I'm lucky that she walks on the lead at all! We did do a lot of lead training at home for 3 weeks before she was allowed outside. I've been popping the harness on her more and more and she seems to be ok with it now! Weird.

Now, if only I could work out why she yelps at odd times. She did it again yesterday. Yelped when I was about to pick her up. I hadn't even touched her! She's such a strange little thing but I love her to bits

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Good to see you've made some progress. I see you've noticed the other thread. The yelping is just lack of socializaton to the world. Get out there like you are. You're headin in the right direction. I'm not a fan of waiting for twelve weeks to get out walking. http://www.apdt.com/petowners/articl...rsonLetter.pdf

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Thanks Dave! Appreciate the input.

With the yelping though, not sure if it's lack of socialisation. She's been stuck to me like glue since I got her (at 9 weeks) and now she's 14 weeks old. We went on car rides, visited friends, she came with me to my trapeze lessons, she even came to my 30th birthday! Hmm perhaps too much socialisation has made her overly sensitive?!

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Thanks Dave! Appreciate the input.

With the yelping though, not sure if it's lack of socialisation. She's been stuck to me like glue since I got her (at 9 weeks) and now she's 14 weeks old. We went on car rides, visited friends, she came with me to my trapeze lessons, she even came to my 30th birthday! Hmm perhaps too much socialisation has made her overly sensitive?!
Without seeing what's going on, I',m just guessing she just uncertain with what's going on at those times. They go through fear stages. Just keep up exposing her to as much as possible. Do try not to expose to potentially scary dogs or circumstances. I know this sounds difficult, but you're the best judge.

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Great, thanks again. All advice taken onboard

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