two hounds that like to go out of bounds
by Caroline Culp
(Asheville, NC, USA)
I have two lovely hound/lab mixes, they are big,loud and proud. I have a black male named Dutch and also a female named Dixie.
Dixie is what i like to call "hard of hearing" she is completely in her own world, but on the other hand her brother is warm and cuddly and is attached to the hip with me.
Dutch likes to sleep in the bed next to me where Dixie likes the floor (i have no problem with that). They are both very large, Dutch(40 pounds) Dixie(45 pounds) and they are both just four month's old.
--Dixie(female) is so scared of her leash, what would be a better alternation to feel more confident about her walks?
--Dixie and Dutch are afraid to walk through door ways, any training tips and or reason why this is?
--Dutch has never pooped in the house always waited for his walk (never trained to do that)
--Dixie loves baths!!
Sounds like your babies are just adorable, and it sounds as though they complement each other pretty well. Never a dull day in your house I'll bet!
As for the leash thing, have you tried using a harness for her? That way the leash is attached to the harness between her shoulder blades rather than on her collar. Some dogs don't like seeing the leash right by their face, it irritates or frightens them. If this is her issue, a harness may be the solution.
Other than that, there really isn't anything I can think of that replaces a leash. You need it for her safety and control. You could try letting her wear it around the house at home some, that way she could get used to it and maybe be less worried when she's wearing it.
Being afraid of doors is kind of unusual, but it's possible they had a bad experience with a door earlier on. Or maybe a sliding door, or automatic door scared them? Not sure.
Again, it's really just a matter of letting them get used to doors. They will become de-sensitized over time and if you can maybe give them a treat when they go through a doorway, they may even come to like them!
Remember to always use a bright, happy voice as you encourage them to face up to something they're nervous about. Don't 'baby' them or try to console or pet them through it, that reinforces their opinion that there's something to be worried about. Just encourage them happily, and then praise and treat them when they succeed. With patience and repetition this will get better.
Good luck with both your pups :o)