House Training an Abused Dog

I just adopted a 3 year old Boxer Cur mix and was told she has been abused. She is not housebroken and she's scared to death of the leash.

Could you please tell me what I can do to help her?


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March 12, 20190 found this helpful

I would settle for paper training until she gets to know and trust you. If you have a fenced in back yard another option would be to let her go back there. Both of these options require no leash.

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March 13, 20190 found this helpful

I have found that things that build a dogs confidence help the most. Some basic training (without a leash) like sit stay would be a place to start. She will draw her confidence from you so be very positive with her. Another thing to do after the basics is agility training. Many dogs love it.

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March 16, 20190 found this helpful

I honestly don't really train my dogs with a leash...I am just blessed or should I say cursed dogs seam to naturally fowl me around. If your dog Is afraid of leashes I would say clip a leash on him when ur at home inside where they feel safe and just let it drag. Do this until they are comfortable. step 2 pick up the leash inside don't pull and let your dog walk u inside preferably. step 3 inside start to talk upbeat to ur dog and have them fowl u around do drag or pull them try to keep getting them to come to you. When you stop Try to have them sit or laydown. (you can 1/2 of the time use treats 1/2 have no treats. I am not big on treats I think dogs should want to learn and just enjoy your company. You shouldn't have to pay them to listen or hang out with u. on another note I mThen once they are good inside move maybe into your fenced yard where they feel safe(if you have one)...the keep moving farther away into new territory. Go slow. Listen to you dog, get creative, problem solve, more often and for shorter periods of time is better, find a time ur dog is in the right mood this is KEY! When they want attention..arent to playful ...but not in a snuggly mood...and are focused on you...I also find treats can cause dogs to get to unfocused and in to a gimmy gimmy mood...where they think ur teasing them...Depending on the dog...(its easier if you have one dog that's trained already to have them help, dogs like to hang out in a pack and will fowl the pack around).


I always find if you have a dog walking a direction you don't want it to and refuses to listen go against your instinct and run like an idiot screaming kinda loud the exact opposite direction. You will get their attention and they assume you are seeing something they aren't...(idk I am off topic but its a good tip) ...the biggest thing is to not grab them the second they come close to you...just relax once they are distracted and close by. If u grab them this trick wont work after awhile. Ok....House training....First off I like putting hanging bells on my doors that go outside they are like $ for I think 2 on amazon ..ok... I would say keep your dog by your side or like in the same room as you. You just have to learn to always keep an eye on them when they are busy playing, eating, sleeping, etc ur good the second they start getting up sniffing around moving away from you (once u know ur dog you will learn their twinkle dance moves)..when think they have to go don't wait drop what ur doing (try not to pick them up) call them in a happy excited voice to get their attention and run/hustle out the door

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