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.... but we didn't get very far. Just a few yards down the road before Lotti (13wks) desparatly wanted to turn back. I tried to get her to sit and give her a treat to calm her, but for the first time ever she didn't want a treat. She just wanted to get home. I was so excited about finally getting to walk her. She's been out and about lots in ur arms with no problems, and is generally a very calm dog. :( Trying to work out what I've done wrong.

Part of the problem may be that her brother was still at home. So I tried taking him out as well, which made her calmer, but her heal and lead walking is not good enough for me to walk both without letting her get away with bad habits - she still needs all my focus. So I don't think that was the best solution as she ended up pulling and I couldn't carry her/change direction/train her with my 3 legged lab hopping along by my side - bless them :)

What do I do when she panics and pulls for home? I don't want her to be scared, I don't want to fuel her fear, and I don't want her to think it's ok to pull on the lead (as she hasn't been allowed to up till now). I need to continue working on her heal and walk commands in the garden, which should help. But she was a bit too scared to listen to commands.

Any advice v welcome. Thank you. Ruby.
 

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it can by scary in the big wild world.
just take it gently, lots of encouragement and she'll get there.

have you tried the lead around the house and in the garden as this can help her get used to it
 

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Thank you.

I've been using a lead on Lotti since we first got her, over 5 wks ago. And we've spent quite a bit of time in the front and back garden, and I've done lead and heal training and as well as sit, lay, stay, off, take, etc. in the garden to help generalise it.

I think her fear just threw me a bit - I'd expected her to be excited and to love it. I guess if I take it slowly and just do llittle tiny walks, a bit further each time, until she's happy we'll get there.
 

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Skittle still doesnt go happily by herself on lead! As long as there is another dog with her she is ok. Usually a treat in the hand and walking briskly seems to help. :)
 

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Theo used to hate walks, he'd walk a few paces then sit down and whinge. We tried all sorts, walking him at different times of day, with Goldie, without Goldie, with just one of us with him etc. and nothing seemed to make any difference. In the end we just shortened walks, coaxed him along with treats and tried to make it as fun as possible and he soon started finding walks one of the most exciting events of the day. I think sometimes it can be quite daunting for them in the big wide world...
 

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I'm so pleased to hear other people have had this! When we first started walking Gillie he would moan constantly and come to us as if he wanted to be picked up. We thought we had done something wrong but we shortened the walks and he has improved to the point he no longer moans.
 

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Thank you all so much. I'd read and seen photos of other pups first outings, and I had assumed she'd just walk down the road head held high and tail wagging. At least I know it's quite normal and wont last forever - thank you.

We tried again just now and I was animated and singing and basically conveying to her that it was a game - and this seemed to work. We just stuck to a small distance, covering the same area as before, and she was a bit more confident than last time. There was still moments of fear and of trying to drag me home, but it was better.

When she pulls strongly on the way home - is it best to pick her up, or let her pull? She's a bit too focused on being desparate for home to listen to commands.

Thank you.
 

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Its taken the best part of a week to get Alfie trotting hapily along beside me, he was well socialised in my arms and nothing phased him til i placed those little pads on the pavement....

I'm not one to fuss over things, a sharp heel and off we go, and moaned the first 3 days, now the minute he see's his leash he sits and wags his wee tail til it looks as though it would fall off...lol. He walks great now, no pulling.He still gets a bit spooked when large trucks go by..but i jst keep walking.
 

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H Donna,

Thank you.

Alfie and Lotti are only a day apart in age. And the same - perfectly happy in our arms. I think I'll be much calmer now I know that it's all quite normal.

Ruby
 
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