Guest Raquel_88 Posted August 30, 2015 Share Posted August 30, 2015 Hi, I love my foster. He has NO problems in the house (no barking, no "accidents", no running, jumping on furniture, and he eats regularly). OUTSIDE is a HUGE problem. I know he has to pee/poo. He wakes me up, and starts heading for the door at 6:30/7am. I get his leash, make no fuss, open the door, and just walk through it. We are fine, until we get out. We have 3 stairs in front, and he is picky about when he will and won't freeze. Its 6:30 am. I don't want to wait 45 minutes for this guy to pee and poop. And I know he has to go! He walks down the stairs with no problem sometimes, and i praise him, and give him a treat, and it's great! Then other times, it's a nightmare. He freezes, I encourage. He pants and his nose dripps, and I grab a few treats and try to entice him down the 3 stairs. I tug very lightly, and talk with a positive, encouraging tone. And NOTHING. I refuse to drag my dog down the stairs, so I admit, I pick him up and guide him down. Then, he freezes before going in the yard. He freezes if we go on a walk. He just freezes. The behavior expert from my adoption group told me (on walks, not stairs) to pull, and when he takes step, let go. Pull until he takes another step, and let go. And keep doing that until he walks. It works, but I HATE pulling. I feel like I am hurting him, and that I am traumatizing his whole outside experience. But that's what I was told to do, and I want to make sure I am NOT hurting him. I feel like such a horrible person, because I get so frustrated. I literally cry and feel like I can't keep him. I don't sleep because he wakes us up so early, and it takes up to an hour just to do a pee in the backyard. I'm at a loss. I'm exhausted. I'm so disappointed. I've wanted a greyhound for years, and I finally convinced my husband to let us foster, and this has been a nightmare. I'm so sad, and I feel like I don't know what to do, and how to help him. Please please help. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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