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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Fearful of Daily Exercise Routine after "incident"

Need advice on best approach to get Sadie back into our several times per day walk and run on a loop around our property.

About a week ago we were headed down the hill as usual on our normal loop where both our dogs run and play. A large jackrabbit came full speed around a blind corner and nearly knocked Sadie over. Normally a rabbit would of course run from her, so the whole incident surprised and scared her and she ran back to the house.

Since then, with only a couple of exceptions, she refuses to go with us on the long walk and run but will go outside near the house, if she sees we are going further she will run back inside, so she is getting some exercise, just not "enough" running.

I can (literally) drag her in a harness for the first couple of hundred feet from the house, and then she will walk on leash to a midpoint on our loop and then she seems fine to run around and eventually home.

So, after all that, my question is: Should we just let her decide on her own when she will be OK with the old routine, or should we "force her" or what ? thanks
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 07:16 PM
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Don't force!! Encourage. Does she have an outdoor toy (ball, Frisbee)? Use it to play with her, moving farther away, little by little and going no farther than she wants to. Treats also - make going on that long walk the best thing ever,
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