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Post by Marynevie on Sat Sep 17 2016, 08:42

It's quite blustery here this morning and on our walk Evie seemed really skittish - not interested in her ball or treats just pulling like a train. Any tips on how to handle this please - my previous girls never seemed to be bothered by wind - well not the weather variety eeeeew!
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Re: Windy walk

Post by LizP on Sat Sep 17 2016, 10:09

I'd have her on a longer line, then instead of walking just bumble so you're taking the energy out of thigns. When she starts to get anxious or gets to the end of her line, stop and call her to you. Praise her the second she moves to you and give her a treat/fuss/play when she's with you. You can also scatter some treats on the ground for her to snuffe up, which should help her relax. You might need to use something fairly high value that out-ranks her anxiety.


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Post by Marynevie on Sat Sep 17 2016, 10:14

Thanks Liz cheese usually does it so I'll have to up the ante a bit - something fishy maybe
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Re: Windy walk

Post by DaveM on Sat Sep 17 2016, 11:08

Hugo was the same last night, the wind and the rain made him really jumpy, especially cars driving through puddles. I think it's the first time it has rained since we've had him.

I'm teaching Hugo the word "focus" as well as "watch me", watch me will get him any old treat whilst focus will always get him a super high value reward the moment he looks at me. It really seems to help when he's anxious, which luckily hasn't been too often, there's nothing he won't do for hotdogs or cheese, both together and he's in puppy heaven!
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Post by Dukes Momma on Mon Sep 19 2016, 00:03

Duke gets skittish when it's really windy.
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