So I've mentioned briefly that Dora is having trouble walking. I can barely get her out of the drive way before she sits and won't move.
In another thread I read how you guys treated your kids when they threw tantrums: by ignoring them. So when I got out of the drive with Dora, as always, she sat down and wouldnt move. After a few seconds she started trying to run back to the house. I stood my ground. I stood up nice and straight, tried to feel 'calm and powerful' and told her: We aren't going back to the house till you walk. She kept lunging towards the house. I looked away and ignored her, waiting for her to get it into her thick skull that walk = coming home. I stood there for a good 50 minutes, ignoring her as she lunged towards the house. Then, finally!, she got it. She sat at my feet, and when I tried to walk, she followed! After a bit of good, oedient walking, I gave her a treat, telling her "Good girl!". Every 20 metres I gave her a treat, praising her. She didn't walk perfectly all the way. Two times she sat down, and I ignored her again till she walked to my feet and sat. But you know what? When I came home after a relatively good walk (compared to the others!!) I was satisfied, and I also had a nice, tired pup. I am hopeful that this hour and ten minutes of patience will have full effect in the future: walk = coming home!