Afraid of the city

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Dear All,

 

My dobbie is 3 months old, and wehave a problem, he is afraid of the city. Every time we walk out the door he stops, sits and dont want to move. He is not afraid of the dogs or people so I dont know what is the problem? It would be very helpful if anyone could give me an advice what to do? We live in the city, in the center of the city actualy. We go out of the city every day to the forest or park or beach, but when we need to go for a short walk, its a big problem.

 

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Dovile

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Dovile,

Wish I could help but I'm afraid of the city too.  That's why I live in the hills.

Peace and 73

Adam

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Maybe try short bits outside in the noise.  Go outside with his favorite snack and don't try and get him to go anywhere, just praise him for being out there and give him some of his treat.  Once he is focused on the treat, take a step back and get him to step towards you for the snack.  Do this for 10-15 minutes then head back in.  Do this each night until you get further down the sidewalk.  Eventually you can possibly walk him for that whole 15 minutes with treats sporadically through the process.

I did this with a big great dane that I couldn't tug to go anywhere because of a neck problem.  I just spent time with him each day in this way until he felt confident enough to walk around the hospital and out the door to go potty.

 

Good luck!

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Thank you guys for advice. I already tried with a snacks but its not working very well. Yesterday I have tried with his favorite toy, and it looks like its working a bit better. Hope in a near future everything will be okey:)

 

Adam, at the moment we live in the city but near the forest and hills:) We go there every day, but we have to learn not to be afraid:)

 

Have a nice day you all.

 

Regards,

Dovile

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That is a handsome pup. You are fortunate to be so close to a wonderful outdoor area. At this age it may be something that happened 3 weeks ago. The age of 9 weeks is a fear imprint stage and you will just need to work him past it.

Don't coddle hime when he is like that. Soothing or comforting will just make it worse. Act nonchalant as if he is being silly. Keep working with the treats and/or toys. I gather that you don't have much yard available and that may be part of the problem. If you are alway walking on concrete, see if you can get him on grass as much as possible when outside.

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Thank you do much for your advice, we are trying hard and not pushing him at all. And even today he already felt more comfortable outside. We met some dogs, then went to the park which is near the beach, and it was okey he was already walking but still was very careful. But we are happy with this progress. We will see how he will do when the streets is more croudy.

 

Thanks again alot!

 

Have a wonderful day!:)

 

Dovile and Fendo