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Hi, we live in a high-rise in Chicago downtown. So since I got my girl at 14 weeks I was carrying her to the park because we have to cross a big road with lot's of people around. Now she's 17 weeks and doesn't seem to enjoy walk - whenever I stop she's just asking to be picked up, which I always do as soon as she's done with her business there.
But while it's fine for a small puppy, I'm not sure how and when we should transition to normal walks. She's also definitely doesn't meet her energy needs outside. And that's actually the other part of the problem.
We have a hardwood floors in the living room (where she spends most of the time) and she doesn't like to play on a hardwood. But whenever she gets in the bedroom (where we have carpets) she starts jumping a running around as crazy. Yet I can't let her stay there, because she considers the whole carpeted area being a big a pee pad. So I would love her to walk more and get a bit tired outside. But I'm not sure how to make her more comfortable with it. Right now our walks do last like 2-3 min.
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It sounds like she may be scared or overwhelmed when outside.
Was she well socialised by her breeder? Pups should go everywhere and meet lots of people and experience new things when they are under 12 weeks
You need to make outings fun. Go at her pace, so she doesn't get scared.
Can you sit on the grass at the park with her? Preferably in a quiet area.
Let her climb on you or hide at first if that it what she wants to do, she should start to want to explore and sniff things soon enough.
Have treats and some toys, and as soon as she is relaxed you can encourage her to play. Once she makes positive associations she will be happier in the park.
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It sounds like she may be scared or overwhelmed when outside.
Was she well socialised by her breeder? Pups should go everywhere and meet lots of people and experience new things when they are under 12 weeks
It's hard to say for sure. But they did live in a private house in suburbs so she definitely wasn't used to city sounds. So now I'm trying to keep the balcony door open during the day, so she can hear all the noise - doesn't seem to bother. She even does go to the balcony herself.

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Go at her pace, so she doesn't get scared.
Can you sit on the grass at the park with her? Preferably in a quiet area.
Let her climb on you or hide at first if that it what she wants to do, she should start to want to explore and sniff things soon enough.
Tried that a few times. But I do have fibromyalgia so can't keep long at it. And even after 15 min she will just sit on top of me. To be honest at first I thought that she's doing quite well, even though I've seen that she's somewhat scared but at least not terrified. But we had close to 0 progress in 3 weeks.
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Have treats and some toys, and as soon as she is relaxed you can encourage her to play.
So far she won't even take any treats outside. But we will listen to your advice and try to go slower and be more patient. Thank you.
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