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Old 06-30-2013, 08:05 AM
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Default Odd pup behaviour..any suggestions?

About a month ago we adopted a 5 mo old mixed breed rescue pup (supposed to be part Lab). He was supposed to be leash trained according to the SPCA. We loaded him in the car and brought him home. He got sick (barfed) in the car but we put that down to nervousness.

He settled in quickly and get's along great with our other 5 month old pup who was quit boisterous.Settled her down too. He's quit timid though with people and us. A sharp word to correct (such as NO) and he cowers and almost crawls over for forgiveness , so we're careful with him whenever we need to correct so as not to frighten him as well.

He's an affectionate thing and likes to cuddle and be scratched , go for walks around our place with us and both of them play out in the fields together , just chasing butterflies , play fighting or simply running around.

There are a couple of issues that have cropped up and we're not really too sure how to approach them , never had them before , and they are debilitating in that they are preventing us from doing what we had hoped to be able to do with our dogs..travel and take them to parks etc. for picnics.

1 - LEASH TRAINING: Whenever we try to walk him on the leash he just balks by either simply sitting or lying down after a few steps. If you turn to face him he'll get up and come towards you but as soon as you start walking again , after a few steps it's the same thing. Frustrating.

Read about putting a choke collar on him and gradually (very slowly) tightening it until he gives to the pressure but that seems excessive.

2 - CAR RIDES: Every time we've put him in the car to take him anywhere (thought that a few trips to someplace fun and interesting would excite him) he gets sick in the car.

We've tried just parking it and coaxing him in with some success, letting him jump out when he started to feel uncomfortable. After a few days of this we closed him in and took him for a VERY short ride (about 1/4 mile..up and down our driveway) and he was just about ready to barf again.

Read that simply shove him into the car and go for an all day drive would solve the problem , but with this dog I doubt it. And a slow crawl up and down our driveway leads me to believe it's more nerves than motion sickness.
Our other dog LOVES car rides and it's hard to keep her out of the car whenever we open a door. Having her along doesn't seem to calm him either.

Wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how we can overcome these issues.
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