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I adopted the sweetest Dachshund Lab mix a little over a year ago. I was mainly taking her on two fairly short walks with my senior Doxie to build a little confidence, and one really long walk/run just her and I. For a long time this was working great. She was gaining confidence on the long walks and it was also getting out her energy. All of a sudden, about 3-4 months ago, she wouldn't walk too far from home. I've tried some training methods I had learned in rescues I used to volunteer at, as well as online info, but these methods didn't work. As far as I go, I'm standing straight, meditating more, being calm and never angry or upset...the whole shebang of things to keep myself calm, yet stern. I started walking her again with my other doxie, Layla, but that isn't working either. She won't take treats outside, so that also lessens the scope of certain training techniques.

Hoping you guys can make some suggestions that might be more helpful.
 

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The fact that she won't take treats outdoors makes me think she still has some anxiety about being out. I would go back to taking her where she feels comfy. Maybe just a short walk instead of a long one with just her and yourself?

Do you take different routes? Is it in one particular area/course of route that she'll want to go home?

I go on different routes every day. Mix it up. On warm days we take shorter walks more often. Sometimes we drive to a different neighborhood and get coffee. I try to make it exciting every day with new sites and experiences.

But! It's important to get your pup used to these things so they are not stressed out. I did this very gradually, I started just watching people and dogs, delivery people, wildlife out my front window with my pup. I rewarded him for remaining calm, give the triggers a name and speak softly so he knows what I want him to do. When he does well with the window, we moved to the front porch. Then in the front yard and finally closer to the street. If at any point I get a negative reaction (such as barking or lunging), I go back a step because I've moved too quickly. Now he doesn't really care (just watches) when a dog walks by even when we are in the front. Point being I got him used to everything, triggers, car, ect GRADUALLY.

Do your dogs do different things apart from each other? Just wondering if she feels less confident without her buddy?
 

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Hi! New to the site :)
I adopted the sweetest Dachshund Lab mix a little over a year ago. I was mainly taking her on two fairly short walks with my senior Doxie to build a little confidence, and one really long walk/run just her and I. For a long time this was working great. She was gaining confidence on the long walks and it was also getting out her energy. All of a sudden, about 3-4 months ago, she wouldn't walk too far from home. I've tried some training methods I had learned in rescues I used to volunteer at, as well as online info, but these methods didn't work. As far as I go, I'm standing straight, meditating more, being calm and never angry or upset...the whole shebang of things to keep myself calm, yet stern. I started walking her again with my other doxie, Layla, but that isn't working either. She won't take treats outside, so that also lessens the scope of certain training techniques.
Hoping you guys can make some suggestions that might be more helpful.
Instead of measuring walks in distance, measure them in time. I walk my boy Bosco several times a day to do its business and at least one longish walk for exercise. During the longish exercise walk, i select an allotted amount of time, with that time span i pretty much allow my boy Bosco to do what it pleases, within reason of course. So if the dog decides to sit, stand, roll around in one place i don't argue, when its allotted time is up, its up...
 
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