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Thread: Help! Any Ideas! On when Dog Gives Up when Walking

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    i think perhaps that it may not be too far if your walking at a leisurely pace and i think it comes to a point where you have to say enough is enough and force the dog to walk, ive seen a few dogs who wont walk just coz they can get away with it, (though these have been SWFs) i think you just need to show the pup that not walking is not acceptable, of course making sure that it is not harmful to your gorgeous baby.

    encourage your pup to walk with your voice, light happy words (you can say anything even 'walk ya lazy git' if it makes you feel better haha) as long as it sounds bright and happy, even take treats or a toy that will encourage your pup to follow because its more exciting then your kids
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    I think asking an experienced Rottie breeder or club is a great idea. I certainly wouldnt be making the assumption that the dog is just being lazy, or listening to the obedience trainer. Heck I am an agility trainer and I dont suppose to know too much about how much exercise rotties should get, but I have seen a number of dogs with ortho problems possibly because they were pushed too young. It just isnt worth it and it could pay off big time to get the right facts.

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    Thanks Guys,

    I have tried to contact the QLD Rottie Club via their website and it was NO use. Tried to contact a breeder but again to no avail, I am just taking it day by day NOT "making" him walk if i think we have done a decent amount. Took him to the beach yesterday and let him run around, and he was pooped by the end of it. He hadn't slept that morning before we left, so i am gradually getting to know his routine, if he hasn't slept i know not to do anything big.. Thanks heaps guys, all your info has been helpful and obviously stuff i am honestly taking into account.

    Thanks again..

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    Yes I think just let him pace himself for the moment. I dont know too many pups that need to be made to walk without a reason and it would bother me to have to make them. Keep persisting with the rottie breeders /clubs. Did you get him from a breeder?

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    Ive been the happy owner of 2 rotties in my life.
    Both lazy sods. open the door for walks in the rain, got met with a 'sit and go floppy' and wont budge outside the door. When a 7 stone rottie goes floppy, you cant drag it down the street like a smaller breed.
    We got a second companion pound rescue dog, jealousy got him moving real fast. If the other dog was going to get a run, no way was he staying at home on his own! And constant teeny tiny treats of high value to him, would also work for the duration of the treats. Teaching the touch command to my hand, and being in front, saying touch, so he'd come forward to touch the hand. (the minute i ran out of treats however, the dog stopped moving). Bloody rotties! I swear they are idiot savants. Thick as 2 short planks in most situations, cept food.
    Could you perhaps 'borrow' another dog?
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    Don't despair.. I had the same problem with my Flat coat retriever. He tired easily because he was a pup. You'll find his stamina gets better the older he gets.

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    When my Border Collie was a pup she wouldn't walk either, sometimes we got 100 metres and sometimes only 20 metres and she flopped down.
    Took her to the vet and nothing was wrong.
    When we went to obedience classes it was the joke of the day how long she would last before giving up and flopping down.
    She is now 2 year old and would run all day if you let her, never did find out what her problem was

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    Well personaly I think he just isnt ready to go home !
    He knows the drill,walk kids to school,yee haa smell the roses and all that.Then kids go in and oh dear....its straight back home time.

    Is there a different route you could perhaps try to see if he reacts any different?
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    Rottie's can be very stubborn, but they can also have health issues. Have you had your Rottie's heart checked? My Rottie has a heart condition and as a 5 month old pup she used to lag behind me on a walk. I would suggest you get a heart check.

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    I do not have Rotties, but I have newfies and I would never expect my newfie pups to walk very far. until after about twelve months I allow my pups to choose the distance. large breeds are not supposed to over exercise. i am not sure if it is the same for Rotties, but they are not that much smaller then newfs
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