Echobelly1 Posted February 20, 2012 Share Posted February 20, 2012 We've had Gila about a month now. She came from a foster who had her about 6 months. I take her and our other grey, Hadji, to a conservation area nearby for a walk in the woods every morning. At first she would hesitate, but did get in the car, now she puts on the brakes about 20 feet from the car and refuses to get any closer. I've had to carry her to get her in. Once she's in, she settles right down and seems to enjoy the ride. She does enjoy the walks in the woods and is excited when we get to the park. Lately as soon as I get her leash, she hangs her head and goes in the bedroom and lies down on her bed, even though Hadji is spinning around in excitement.The last few days I've let her stay in the house. I thought that she would get used to the routine, that the car ride ended in a happy event, but the opposite is happening. I talked to the foster, and she said Gila had broken her leg at the track and it wasn't set, so they had to have a vet re-set it, so her only experience is going to the vet a couple times a week. I've tried spending time with her treat training in the car, but she's not treat driven. She stands there shaking. I don't want to make her fear worse by forcing her to go in the car every morning, but I'd like to help her get over her fear and I'm not sure how to go about it. I hoped Hadji would show her car rides are fun (he's never seen an open car door he didn't try to jump in). Maybe she's still a little overwhelmed with all the changes, she's a very timid, shy dog. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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