|Barked: Wed Oct 20, '10 1:27pm PST |
|Hi Amber, welcome and congrats on your new little one! He's gorgeous!
Puppies can be timid to new surroundings as they lack confidence. However this is especially true of the Bullmastiff breed. There's no need to be walking him so soon, let him settle in a bit more. Dragging his lead is a great idea though to get him used to just having it around. Bullmastiff pups spook easily, so pushing him into doing something he's not ready for can set him back in his future training. Your pup needs to trust you and building such a bond will take time. Let him go at his own pace.
Kahuna was a scaredy pup for up to 1yr at least (with walks). A crack in the sidewalk, the curb on the sidewalk, trashcans, a leaf or stick in his path, a plane going by (he'd lower his head thinking it was going to land on his head) all unnerved him. He'd freeze in fear. When he was your pups age and somewhat older he'd sit down outside (or in) and NOT BUDGE. Yes at first we'd pick him up, but eventually he became too heavy. So I would give a short gentle *tug* then release on the lead and say "Come". If he didn't move I repeated it the same way. If he moved one foot I would repeat again. This would usually get him moving. Repeat as many times as it takes to get him moving forward. Be patient and praise in a high happy voice once he's moving along. And yes he may sit his chubby butt down again! Repeat ,repeat, repeat ha!
I'll tell my fried Brit to send you an invite to Bodacious Bullmastiffs here on Dogster and to the one on facebook! Dana
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