Hi,
We have a three month old labrardor retriever. Since she had her injections a couple of weeks ago we have been trying to take her for a walk. She seems very eager when we take her out of the house but as soon as she gets out of the front gate she wants to go back home.

I've tried encoraging her to go but she either just sits down on the pavement or just pulls back to the house. Rather than give in to her I have taken to carrying her a couple of hundred yards down the road and putting her down. Once she is not sure what direction home is she quite happily starts walking with me. She seems to enjoy the walk and is quite inquisative about her surroundings. I guess this is all down to her being a bit nervous about being outside and I just need to get her used to it.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks
Andy
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Hi, We have a three month old labrardor retriever. Since she had her injections a couple of weeks ago we ... bit nervous about being outside and I just need to get her used to it. Any advice would be appreciated.

Just keep doing what you're doing, Andy. That's how dogs become "socialized" to their surroundings, including all the sights, sounds, smells, and goings on of life. It won't be long before she's literally dragging you out the door.
However, the more things you can expose her to now, the more things she'll eventually become comfortable with later.
Make sure you introduce her to as many people as possible, too. Take her to different places, e.g., to the beach, to the city, to the woods, etc. Let her meet big people, little people, men, women, children, etc.
The critical socialization period only lasts so long(let's hope that your pup's breeder did her/his part), and you don't have much time left.
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Good luck with your new pup!

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The critical socialization period only lasts so long(let's hope that your pup's breeder did her/his part), and you don't have much time left.

Yes! Today was the first day of the Ian Dunbar seminar, and I learned so much stuff that I have about 6 pages of notes. One thing that surprised me is that he says the critical socialization period ends at 3 months. I thought it was 5 months. Because of that, he thinks all pups should go to their new homes at 8 weeks, no older. I have a bazillion questions for him, one being "what about the toy breeds?" But unfortunately I didn't get in on the 1/2 hour question/answer period (since EVERYBODY had questions for him :}.

He is an absolutely delightful presenter! Since this is his last American seminar, he's calling it "unplugged" and unloading stuff on us that he usually doesn't say.
He's really opinionated about breeding. He advised to forget about show quality when looking for dogs to breed. Choose females who have no medical or temperament problems in 3 generations, breed them up to 3 times in a row when they're 2 years old, then spay them. To choose a stud, he says look for an old dog who hasn't displayed any medical or temperament problems in his life. And he advises neutering males at birth.
He thinks no dog who requires a Caesarean should be bred. There are English Bulldogs and the like out there who can whelp by themselves. Breed THEM, and get this problem out of the lines.
A lot of what he said today confirms things that I do. For example, I don't think puppies playing with other puppies is enough for dog-socialization. I like to invite well-socialized older dogs into puppy play classes, and think it's a "good" thing when they discipline the youngsters for biting too hard or jumping in their faces (with growls or air snaps). He said that this is as valuable for socialization as letting them meet other friendly puppies who will tolerate anything.
He also was very anti-Sue Sternberg's temperament tests. He said that if a dog bites him when he annoys it, but doesn't hurt, it's a good thing. It shows that the dog has a solid bite inhibition.
I didn't mean to go off on Ian Dunbar in this thread, but you gave me a great opening. :}
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Hi, We have a three month old labrardor retriever. Since she had her injections a couple of weeks ago we ... about being outside and I just need to get her used to it. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Andy

I would continue as you are, but please remember that her bones are still young and soft and that a lot of damage can be done by over exercising from a young age - especially in breeds such as the lab with a pre disposition to hip and joint problems.
Of course its important to get her around and socialise her, but train travel, bus and car rides are just as good a mode of transport and won't wear her legs out. Take her to parks and dog friendly places to socialise by car - you'll be able to go for nice walks soon enough.

The rule of thumb here in the UK is 5 mins exercise per month of age, so at
12 weeks, you don't want to be exercising her for more than 15 mins perday, (+ off leash garden play and a little walking around while being socialised). Use the time you'd like to be walking her on training instead - the more you invest now the easier it will be when she's big and strong and wants to be dragging you down the street.
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When my puppies have been young and before their injections. I would take them out in arms to listen to all the sounds . The sounds they never hear in the house ie traffic...closing gates etc. Maybe it would be a good idea to spend a couple of weeks doing that. Then try walking her.
Also did you put a collar on your dog the day you walked it ...or before in the house.
Good luck.
Pat.
Hi, We have a three month old labrardor retriever. Since she had her injections a couple of weeks ago we ... about being outside and I just need to get her used to it. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Andy

My pup did exactly the same at that age.
It's her personal universe expanding.
Nothing to worry about,really, just try do not make her feel uncomfortable.
I know, you waited so mush to have a long walk with you new dog and to show all the neighbours how beautiful she is ;-)

Just wait a couple of weeks more.
Nick(Chicha).
My pup did exactly the same at that age. It's her personal universe expanding. Nothing to worry about,really, just try do not make her feel uncomfortable.[/nq]A young puppy needs to learn how to deal with scary things. That means that in order to grow, become confident, and accept these new and scary things the puppy has to face them. Instead of avoiding making a puppy "feel uncomfortable" it is wiser to teach the puppy to be comfortable. That means not forcing the puppy but showing by your own behavior that everything is just fine. That especially means not communicating that there must be something wrong.

And removing the puppy from the scary situation tells the puppy that you are afraid. Be patient, calm, upbeat but do not retreat merely because the puppy is scared. If puppy is afraid let out some lead you go to the scary thing, play with it, make it fun and exciting. Don't let puppy leave, don't force puppy closer. Give puppy the opportunity to learn to deal with it.
I know, you waited so mush to have a long walk with you new dog and to show all the neighbours how beautiful she is ;-) Just wait a couple of weeks more.

Waiting to take a dog out in public is, in my opinion, a bigger risk to the dog's health than any disease. Puppies need to get out in public every single day. They need to meet lots of different people, different races, old, young, babies, people with beards, hats, canes and limps. Inadequate introduction to new, different and unusual is a significant cause of adult behavior problems. Those problems can forever impair the dog's ability to deal with new situations in a normal manner. That does not mean taking a young puppy to a dog park. And no the dog should not be carried much, if at all.
Every day's delay of socialization is going to impair the puppy's development. They learn very rapidly, and their developmental changes occur very rapidly. The window for developing new behavior strategies closes very rapidly. Once the window closes you can sometimes get some improvment, but it will never be the same as if proper steps had been taken in the first place.

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I would continue as you are, but please remember that her bones are still young and soft and that a ... a young age - especially in breeds such as the lab with a pre disposition to hip and joint problems.

Joint damage is not going to occur from normal WALKING. A mile or so for even a young puppy is not a problem, at least not for a labrador retriever puppy. If it is, the puppy is seriously impaired, the breeder should stop breeding and should refund the buyer's money.
Of course its important to get her around and socialise her, but train travel, bus and car rides are just as good a mode of transport and won't wear her legs out.

Neither will walks.
Take her to parks and dog friendly places to socialise by car - you'll be able to go for nice walks soon enough.

No. She needs to learn how to feel comfortable NOW. While she still can.
The rule of thumb here in the UK is 5 mins exercise per month of age, so at 12 weeks, ... for more than 15 mins per day, (+ off leash garden play and a little walking around while being socialised).

I'm wondering what you mean by "exercising."

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The rule of thumb here in the UK is 5 ... garden play and a little walking around while being socialised).

I'm wondering what you mean by "exercising."

wow! i missed that. five minutes exercise per month of age?!

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