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I have a 7 month old male Daschund which is not much socialized,help?

I have a 7 month old male Daschund which is not much socialized. We were afraid of outside infection during the monsoon and this prevented of taking the puppy outside the home and the socializing was kept aside. Now when we try and take the pup outside it gets too much scared. He runs here and there to find out our home once taken outside. We even face lots of problems while taking him to the vet. And worst of all, he gets so scared that he cant even control his urine and potty. We always have to carry a bundle of tissue paper with us to make sure we clean all these stuffs. This is becoming a big problem for all of us. Request you all to suggest me the possible remedies for this problem. Any training ideas will be great. Thanks in advance.
By Sumeet · 07 Nov 2011 11:54 am


By Rajesh Raghupathy · 07 Nov 2011 4:28 pm
First thing you have to do is introduce him to the outside world for a short span on leash. Make him sit and watch the outside world through a balcony or some safe enclosures. Take him everyday / frequently for short durations on leash and slowly increase the time. Consistancy is the key here. Make him used things slowly but consistantly.
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By Sumeet · 07 Nov 2011 6:02 pm
Thanks for your reply Rajesh. My puppy do look at the outside world from a window which he has access to. He also barks at the animals in the street. But the problem is he is not fimiliar with the vehicles as the road is not visible from the window. And whenever we try to take him out he gets frightened like hell. But as suggested, I will try to take one step at a time. First try to make him fimiliar with the staircase of my building. Then gradually will increase the level. Hope this will work. But just want to know, is trying to socialize my puppy at this age (7 months) wrong ? I mean, will he respond quickly to the socialization process ?
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By Ramachandran Subramanian · 07 Nov 2011 9:03 pm
Sumeet the best way to train dogs is using marker training. You can desensetize your pup to the outside world by working what is called below threshold. Let us say that you are the dog and you are scared of snakes , and you will react violently if a snake was 1 foot away from you , you need to stand 30 feet from it and your master needs to give you 100 Rs every time you look at the snake and choose to turn away from it and look at him. Once this happens for say 500 times and you have received 500 x 100 rupees your idea of what a snake means to you will change. not that you will want to pick up the snake and play, but the moment you see the snake you will look at your master and not freak out. Pretty soon you will be hoping for a snake to show up on your walk rather than being anxious about what if it shows up.

This is the principle behind subthreshold desensetization. All my puppies are trained using marker method and you can see them at www.youtube.com/user/rrnsss

There are lots of you tube videos on how to handle dogs with fear. Most important thing is not make him do some thing forcibly.
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By Rajesh Raghupathy · 08 Nov 2011 12:57 pm
7 months is not very old. He is still young to get trained. I trained my Rajapalayam and Boxer only at 9 months age. They can pick it up. But always be secure with a leash and have him close to you initially.
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By D.chakrabarty · 10 Nov 2011 4:09 pm
u have to keep patience and take ur dog out for daily walks so that he gets used to it. also since he stays at home all day, he has huge amount of stored up energy so u may first play wid ur dog in the house and make him exhausted. then u take him out for a short walk. continue this method i think u will see results by 15 days
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