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Puppy does not want to leave our yard

Our 12 week old Keeper was walking on her leash ok last week. This week she won't leave our yard. We carried her to the bus stop this morning and she ran all the way home. What's up? How do we train her to walk...we'd like to exercise her this way.


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Awe Keeper,..baby what scared her? A big truck or load noise along the way? Another dog, cat or something she encountered?
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These little Havs do scare easily,and they don't forget.Our Dizzie took a little while to become confident and happy on the lead.I would put his collar and lead on in the house and garden and just let him walk around with it on,so he was dragging the lead.I used his favourite treats[ home cooked sausages] to coax him.Gradually he realised that the collar and lead meant fun going out,but it took a while.He loves his walks,but he also loves to come home!Nellie was always fine on the lead,but she had a scare when she was about 6 months old.We were out walking on a cold and icy day when I slipped and dropped her extender lead and it banged down on a grating with a crash,Nellie shot off with her lead banging and crashing after her,well to this day[nearly 3 years later]she will not walk over a grating or drain cover.

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I can't recall any negative incidents or her reacting oddly, but appreciate the heads up. At this stage we just want her having positive socializing experiences. Appreciate the advice.


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I think this is pretty normal. Atticus would do ok on walks when we went off in the car but balked when leaving home on foot. I used treats but also just sort of let him explore on his own without me marching out the driveway. He is fine now but always perks up when we turn around to head home.

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I would keep going on short walks, rewarding/praise and she will eventually know that she will get back home..eventually. My girl was spooked going down one street in my neighborhood and sometimes she tries to steer home, rather than walk past it, but I will pick her up and walk 10-20 yards and then put her down and she seems to forget about it. Mind you, she's 5 years old and was spooked way back when she was like 1..lol, so they tend to develop some habits based on fear you have to push through them.

She doesn't always balk going past that street since I started doing that, it went from every time...to once every few months.

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Something must have scared her. What you need to do is slowly build up her confidence. Your next step might be to lure her out a few feet at a time. Don't force it. I;m talking yards at a time. If she balks, you've pushed it too far. It could take ten different walks to go fifty yards, but you have to go slow and listen to her. Luring with the best of treats.

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I never had a problem with Kodi not wanting to leave on walks, but we also had the support of a steady, well-behaved adult dog (belonging to a friend of mine) that Kodi adored and felt very safe with to act as a wonderful role model. Would something like that be possible to give your pup more confidence?


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