@antoinette said in 17 month old castrated male: From trained to untrained overnight:
@scagnetti said in 17 month old castrated male: From trained to untrained overnight:
Where are you having the problems outside? Is it halfway on the walk or immediately after you step out of the door?
Do you have his attention inside before going out?
Is he on a collar or a harness?
I'll be able to give you more specific advice after those questions are answered.
Thanks for quick response! Answers to those questions ^^
- Problem arises as soon as we step out of the door
- We have lots of attention inside (even before we go out he is well-behaved and calm)
- He is on a harness (worth mentioning that he did walk nicely on a harness before - but willing to switch things up if that could work)
We live in an apartment unfortunately, so no yard or anywhere to safely let him off-leash. Point taken on pausing the long lead walks, we definitely don't want this to become "learned behaviour". We can also absolutely just do super short training walks with him instead of full walks - he gets super tired from brain games so we can tire him out inside that way.
I would recommend practicing (having him rehearse) going outside. If he's okay indoors, but behaves wildly as soon as you go outdoors, that means going outdoors is a big deal to him. It shouldn't be. A well-adjusted dog won't be stimulated and amped and uncontrollable (and possibly anxious/fearful/reactive) when going outside.
Practice going outside before going outside, i.e. get his attention indoors (on a lead), open the door, hold his attention while door is open, close door. Once you can hold his attention at the open door, you'll start going outside, one or two steps, then turning around and going back inside. Slowly you should go further and further outside until you can hold his attention away from the building and have him start regarding you outside in general.
Again, the process above is at your dog's pace.
Harnesses are a great tool for building motivation, because the dog can be restrained and frustrated, thus building drive and desire. In this instance however, there really isn't a need for a harness or extra motivation to go outdoors. And continuing to use it will ensure that he pulls harder. You should probably switch to a collar. In fact, you may wish to begin leash pressure training with a slip lead. You can socialize him to the slip lead prior to using it, by having him wear it while feeding/training and taking it off when done. You can socialize him to the collar by practicing taking it on and off with food.