What are some "tricks" to get an extremely timid dog, that is impounded, to walk on a leash and go outside?
At the dog pound that I volunteer at we have a dog (Dakota) that lays at the back of her kennel and she does not want to come out. We can gingerly pet her but she flinches. We can put a leash on her but she won't move. She doesn't want to stand.
There is limited time to spend with her as we are always short volunteers and only walk dogs 3 days a week. She is heavy-about 45 lbs and long and tall. Two working together have picked her up and carried her outside but I dislike carrying an able dog and I don't think it is good in long run. Dakota pants and trembles the whole time I try to walk her. She has been at the pound a week today.
This is the third time I've tried to walk her. What are your thoughts on what I've tried so far: I pull the leash gently, she is forced to move her foot forward, I release tension for a second then start process over. After a few forced steps I walk back to her side (right behind her head) and she then takes a step on her own. Today I used a squeaky toy to distract her. After 30 minutes we got outside but I could not get her to the grass. Time was up basically. When we turned back to go inside she walked on her own a few steps at a time but it was another 30 minutes to get her back into her kennel. When Dakota first comes out of her kennel (but is still inside building) she poops and pees.
All we know about Dakota is she has been running loose for years and being fed by people who finally called Animal Services to get her trapped. Dakota will smell my hand and anything I put up to her nose but she will not eat from my hand nor eat anything while people are around. I've read not to pet a shy dog but she does get petted (gingerly) by everyone in the hope that human touch will eventually be ok. You cannot reward this dog because she doesn't want your reward.
This is a kill shelter and dogs that aren't adoptable pretty quick may be put down so time is of the essence. One good thing is she has not shown any aggression and I don't want to do something stupid and screw that up for her.
Dakota is probably a border collie mix. She is black and white, medium length fur, short stubby tail. I guess that she has had puppies because she is not "fixed" and has large nipples. I filmed her today because I want to keep up with her progress. She is the toughest case of timidity that I have dealt with so far.