Post by cumbrianjack on May 26, 2019 8:19:12 GMT -5
We adopted 2 gorgeous ex-racers 3 months ago, no problems with house training, walking on lead,other dogs just lots of patience on our part paid off well. We have always had hounds mostly greys but some lurchers, always those that nobody wanted, young and old.
These two are brother and sister, they will argue sometimes but never fight. The bitch usually wins the argument which we find is the 'law of the dog' anyway. So life is sweet with our two except for Boris who now has decided he doesn't like to jump in the car boot anymore. He is a big dog, about 30 kilos or more and we are pensioners and I find it so difficult to lift him. Tried all sorts of treats, throwing them into the back which gets Alfa in the boot but not Boris. Tried him on his own and with his sister but just the same. We need to use the car ( an i40 Hyundai ) it is not just an option.He didn't really bother at first and nothing has changed with our routine. The boot is one of the biggest you get, plenty of room to move about for both. They lie on memory foam bed and a luxy fleece ( lucky dogs ) as when we first got them they had bald bums and their fur was 'tatty'---but not so now!
Any help however small would be greatly appreciated, it's a problem that we havent come across before.
If you practice with the ramp first on flat ground with him walking along it, them slightly raised on a brick, then on a box before the steeper slope up into the boot, you may find he will learn quite quickly especially encouraged by treats.
Post by cumbrianjack on Jun 8, 2019 6:05:30 GMT -5
Thank you for your advice, we have tried every conceivable treat, tried leaving it flat in the living room, playing with it, gradually raising it to car height and still no joy! We bought another one from Aldi (they have them on offer at the moment) waste of money. We have the notion that he has had a bad experience from his racing days, perhaps not being kindly transported. He also has a very large scar on one side of his chest ( not that that has anything to do with it!) but we don't know his past history so eveything is speculation. It is so frustrating for us as we need him to do this simple thing, his sister very readily will jump in with a piece of our finest mature cheddar. We live 'out in the sticks' so finding a good dog behaviourist is out of the question. We/he is missing out on so much.
Can he do stairs/steps? You can get dog steps off Ebay and he might climb up those into the boot or maybe through the side door onto the back seat if that is an alternative. I think some people use them for smaller or older dogs to help them climb onto a sofa or human bed.
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