9 month old lab rescue showing extreme fear
Hi, all - After several weeks of lurking, I am a first-time poster to the pet forum. Our family adopted a lab/shepherd rescue a little over three weeks ago. While she is a sweet, sweet dog, there are a few things going on that have thrown us for a loop. The biggest "issue" we have is that she appears anxious in the extreme when we go to take her for a walk. We are committed to seeing that she gets an appropriate amount of exercise/stimulation each day, and envisioned that a good bit of this would come with brisk walks around the neighborhood: first thing in the am, again in the mid-late afternoon, and then once more in the evening (and as needed for potty).
She does not appear to be on board with this at all! She is happy enough to piddle in our front yard or to go directly across the street, but if my husband or I, or one of the kids attempts to do anything that feels even remotely like an actual "walk", she just about goes on strike! Tail goes between her legs, head is down, and she will essentially refuse to move...We do live in a neighborhood that I am sure is a lot more urban (Boston) than what she knew back in Tennessee, and we've noticed that certain vehicles seem to make her more anxious than others: box trucks, school busses, delivery vans, etc. The funny thing is that she is willing to run this same route if I am jogging with my SIL and her border collie! While I am glad enough to do the run with her several times a week, this obviously won't be possible every day, or for all of her walks. We've tried treats, we've tried to be very encouraging, we've tried to be very matter-of-fact about what we want her do to do - mostly to no avail! We've several times given up the walk because to do it would literally mean dragging all 44 lbs. of her across the pavement - not a happy experience for anybody.
Anyway, sorry for the "novel" - just feeling like a first-time "mom" again and wanting to the right thing by our sweet girl. Would LOVE to hear any suggestions, reasons for optimism, et cetera!
Thanks so much - the forum has been so helpful to sift through!