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Old 06-26-2008, 09:33 PM
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I have a mixed breed GSD and Pharoah hound. I have had him for 8 months, and he is 13 months old. I have a problem with him, and it worries me. He was fine getting in a car for the first 7 months we had him, in fact he loved it. Then one day he decided that he would not get into the car, no matter how much coaxing, and treats he wouldn't move. Now at 8 months I am having the same problem with him going outside. We were having a BBQ the other night and he was fine, when out of the blue he started tugging real hard on his run. Almost frantically. So I took him off the leash, and he wandered around the yard. Since then he won't go outside. He will go as far as the porch, and just sit there. I have to pick him up and carry all 70 lbs of him into my backyard. He seems really docile, and has kept his ears back most of the time, and almost seems skittish. I have never hit my dog, nor yelled at him, and I don't understand what is going on. I have had 4 beagles, a red bone hound, an irish setter, and a husky, and have never seen anything like this. Can anyone give me any advice on what I should do? Thank you if you can.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:46 PM
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Any chance he's gotten stung by a bee or hurt in some way out there?
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:55 PM
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I guess it is always a possibility. It was at night, but any thing is possible. He is a shelter dog that was a stray, so i wonder if maybe that has to do with any sudden fears.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:56 PM
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I have checked him over as far as being hurt, and he doesnt seem to be favoring anything. He is eating fine, that is really the only time he gets up and goes crazy like he used to.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:04 PM
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Something may have triggered a bad memory for him.

Try not to make a big deal out of it, that only reinforces his fears.

You might try some Bach's Rescue Remedy to help get him over the severe anxiety so you can work on desensitizing him to going out in the yard.

Also, work on fun training things that boost his confidence. Shiva was afraid of the dark for the longest time and it wasn't until I got her overall self-confidence up to par that she was able to get over it.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:06 PM
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Ah Johnnie was at that stage! Just luke the dog to go outside with toys & lots of praises
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:11 PM
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So I should continue to carry him outside, then play and treat him?
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:17 PM
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yes! that's correct He'll get over it
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:19 PM
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Thank you very much. I have to carry him, because if I pull on his collar he jerks back.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:21 PM
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That's fine! Who's the boss you or the dog? Just have to try give it a chance
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