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My daughter has a 1 year old Redbone mix pup that she adopter from a rescue organization when he was 8 weeks old. They lived with us and our 2 other dogs until 4 months ago when she and her boyfriend got there own place. He has been doing great there until recently when she has been having alot of trouble getting him to go outside for his walks to do his business. Lately he pulls back to the apartment just after he pees, sometimes he won't go out at all. He has always been a little skittish on windy or rainy days, but never had problems with going for walks in normal weather. He sometimes ends up pooping in the apartment after dragging her back home. Any suggestions?

I need more information, from your daughter:

1.  When did this problem first appear (under what circumstances: time of day, weather conditions, what was going on outside, who did they meet, etc.)
2.  What sort of restraint is she using (collar type)
3.  How exactly does he behave and when (in the walk) does the behavior begin (or did it begin, since he may have now generalized and just be refusing to go out at all)
4.  What does SHE DO, how does she behave, when the dog begins causing her this problem
5.  What kind of training has been done (why is he "dragging" her anywhere)
6.  Does the boyfriend ever take the dog out; can any connection possibly be made between his taking the dog out and the development of this problem

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Jill Connor, Ph.D.


I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.


30 years of solving serious behavior problems in domestic dogs; expert in dog to human aggression; Internet columnist for for 5 years; former radio talk show host, WHPC.FM, Garden City, NY "Bite Back" (1995 through 2000). List owner, international animal behavior experts, Seminar leader: "Operant Conditioning and Learning"; "Aggression in The Domestic Dog"; "Solving Problem Behaviors" -- conducted for various training facilities on Long Island from 1993 through 2000. Former clinical director of "Behavioral Abnormalities" in conjunction with Mark Beckerman, DVM, Hempstead, New York.

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Ph.D., UC Berkeley

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