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How can I improve my dog's walking?

I have a 6 month old Australian Terrier that is really afraid of walking outside. I have noticed that she is not entirely scared of the outside but of the noises that surround her. I have walked her outside at night and she is perfectly fine with her tail up until a car passes by or any other loud noise. I have tried walking her throughout the day but as soon as I walk out my door she lays on the floor and heads straight back home. I have tried treats but she completely rejects them. She has gone to dog parks and plays but stops and tries to find an exit when a loud noise is made while the others continue on to play. I have taken her on walks with my brother's 5 month old Vizsla and she walks extremely well compared to how she walks with me on her own but, still stops and freezes when there is loud noises. I have also tried staying on my porch for 30 minutes to 1 hour 3 times a week but she shows no sort of improvement. I would really appreciate any sort of tips. Thank you!

Best Answer

  • Cindi LeonardCindi Leonard Plantation, Fla.Posts: 1,670Member
    Accepted Answer
    Try using a dog whistle. When she is disturbed by sound, redirect her with the whistle. When her attention redirects, feed her a treat. Dog whistles are good for training hearing-sensitive dogs. Also feed her a healthy food like Young Adult (6 months to two years) Nutro Natural Choice Wholesome Essentials Chicken dry food in the light green bag. It's great for teenage dogs, nutritionally and with skin and coat. ^_^
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