He turned 4 last month, and we just moved to NYC. He's been to the city many times before, including a few week-long stays, so it's nothing new to him.
Dex has adjusted pretty well to the new apartment, especially considering that he had been living in a big, quiet house in the NJ suburbs for the past 9 months. I was expecting a LOT more barking and nervousness, but he's really surprised me and is doing very well indoors after 10 days.
The problem is when I take him outside. He'll walk out the door with me and do his business without trouble, but I can't get him to walk past the end of the building in either direction. It's a quiet, tree-lined street with a single lane for cars and not a great deal of foot traffic. There are a lot of dogs on the block, and we see other dogs almost every time we go out. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it. I've tried using treats, and while I've gotten him to go a bit further, he still does the DO NOT WANT thing and tries to run back to the door.
All I want to do is take Dexter to the park so he can get some exercise. Hopefully you guys have some advice for me. Thanks!
- toys/treats in front of her nose til she follows
- one of us (me/wife) just keeps on walking. Sometimes both of us will (prob not a city option), until eventually she follows
- pick her up and carry her. Yes, I've had to carry my pit bull past the neighbors house bc she was so frightened of the noise made by a kids street hockey slap shot
- patience. She used to be frightened of the basement stairs. Eventually she got over it and now runs down them. I'd carry her down, then my wife would sit at the top of the stairs and shed run to her.