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  1. If it's practical, you might try temporarily using a longer leash. I also suggest varying the places you are walking -- especially in terms of how close you are to the road and other noises, covered areas vs. open, dark corners vs. light. You might find some variable he prefers. Once the proverbial floodgate is open, you can work toward being comfortable on the shorter lead, in all kinds of places, doing it more quickly, etc. You should also be ready to praise (including a high-value treat, if that's his thing) when he does potty on the leash. He'll eventually get the idea. The fact
  2. What do you think would happen if you both took him out, but you left the walking party on your own toward the end of the walk? It might take a few tries before Samson could handle that, or maybe he'd be fine because he's already on his way back home. Then, the idea is you'd slowly do the disappearing trick earlier and earlier -- not every time, but on random occasions. The second-to-last level would be you both take him out the door but you immediately go off in another direction. Once this was comfortable, you could then move to random times where your partner took him alone -- maybe with yo
  3. It's hard to suggest a plan without knowing what's happening. Can you stay up and watch or set up a camera so you can see what's going on? It's at least possible your Galga is moving to the couch on her own, your new guest takes the vacant bed, and there's no drama.
  4. When you grabbed his harness, did you do it from behind in a way that might have startled him? In other words, did he see you coming?
  5. I'd only use treats when I'm seeing the behavior I want to see, as opposed to change the anxiety level in and of itself. I agree that confidence with your dog will be helpful, and you should also try to physically position yourself between your dog and the other dog. When your dog starts to learn that you are in charge of these interactions and you won't let anything bad happen, you should start to see some improvement. Of course, all dogs are different and the degree of improvement and how far you'll get will vary. There are lots of Youtube videos on this topic that should be useful
  6. Some stuff to try: no coat and holding an umbrella over her. [The problem could be she doesn't like the feel of the coat. It's something she could get used to, though.] if her coat has a neck portion that can roll back, do that. [The problem could be she doesn't like the sound of the coat up near or against her ears.] use the coat as usual, go 15 steps, turn and walk the other way, then turn back around when you can anticipate the next time she'll stop; then, repeat [She's in a groove with the stopping behavior.] praise, praise, praise, whenever you get the right behavi
  7. Are you saying that she won't go out in the rain? Or that, now that it rained and she was out in it a small bit, she no longer wants to go out whether it's raining or not? If it's the first one, try a raincoat or even holding an umbrella over her. My guy wouldn't go out in the rain when I first got him, or at least he wouldn't do his business, but I got him a raincoat and he was fine. Now he's comfortable enough to be out in the rain without the coat if the rain isn't too heavy.
  8. For the stairs, try keeping the leash on and go up next to him. Not to control him or force him except maybe a small bit, but more to give him confidence. You can also try finding a small set of stairs (3 or 4 steps) and starting the training there. He's brand new, so I'll suggest that just because he doesn't like treats now doesn't mean he won't like them eventually. or even soon. Besides the crate, you can also put a muzzle on when he's in a situation where he might want to chew things he shouldn't.
  9. petimeds.com and pet-i-supply.com appear to be the same company as petsupplyexpress.com. (A quick whois lookup confirms this.) I've seen some of this buggy behavior on petsupplyexpress.com, but it was temporary and only lasted a couple days for me. If you're not using Chrome as your browser, try that. Or, try a different device (phone/tablet/laptop/desktop).
  10. Does she always jump in when lured by a high value treat? If so, keep using it but slowly reduce the quantity. You should also try to switch to rewarding her for jumping in without showing the treat (i.e., no longer luring). The next step would be to to randomly (and I really mean randomly here) reward her for jumping in. Then, eventually, you can work on completely eliminating the reward. I'm still working on all of this with EQ, but I consider it a victory that I no longer have to lift him into the car. It should help if you're able to be super patient, which isn't always possible
  11. Why do you feel that muzzling will make him worse? I think you should try it. If he's kept from this chewing behavior, he might be calmer and happier. EDIT: He seems to have a wide range of chewing interests, but you might also consider spraying bitter apple or similar on his preferred targets. That's worked for me, but I feel like yours might just chew other things.
  12. Chewy appears to have the second one in stock.
  13. Definitely. He's really laid back about pretty much everything. Yes. EQ is his official name. It's short for Equuleus, a constellation name that means "Little Horse" in Latin. He doesn't know his name yet, but we're getting there.
  14. I just got my boy EQ Sunday. He's generally quirk free (and amazing in every way), so when a quirk popped up yesterday it stood out. My living room ceiling fan has been on continuously since EQ arrived. I turned it off last night as we were getting ready to leave. Not only did he notice the fan not moving right away, but he kept looking at the fan and then me and then the fan, 5 times or so. All the while, he had a not-previously-seen worried expression on his face. "I think the ceiling's broken," he seemed to be saying. I thanked him for noticing, and we headed out. This is a dog wh
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