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    Default My Dog Won't Walk!

    Has anyone had any experience with a dog who just won't walk on a lead?
    I like to try and take my boy for a walk every night after work, sometimes he walks really well and enjoys it but the majority of the time he will walk a few metres then lay down on the ground and refuses to budge. We sometimes take him to a fenced in paddock near by where he will run off his lead and he stays close to us and he loves it, but its just getting him to that paddock which is the problem!
    We've tried everything, done 2 different puppy classes with him, we take treats with us, toys, we talk to him as he walks, encourage him, get down and pat our knee, change directions...EVERYTHING!
    He is 7 months old, is it an age thing? Does he just not like walking? Am I forcing him to do something he doesn't want to do? Or do I just have a stubborn dog?
    Last week he was walking great this week its a different story, what am I doing wrong??
    Its disheartening because i want to be able to walk with him, its good for him and a great way for me to spend time with him.

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    My dog was the same. Except she never seems like she's enjoying walking on the footpaths. I've got no idea why. Most people including professional dog trainers don't believe me. If there is a lot of traffic - fast moving cars, more than one, she's worse.

    So the answer given me was when she lies down, to just start dragging. I used to carry her some of the way, but that's too hard now. So I pull, gently but persistantly, and she always gets up and walks. I've never actually dragged her along the ground.

    And my dog won't take treats when she's anxious about where she is.

    She's slightly better on paths she is more familiar with and knows there is a fun place to be at the end, but I still avoid the busy roads.

    And a year on, she's nearly two, she's much easier to walk but she's not like all those other dogs that go spastic if you mention the W word, or go near the lead.

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    Yep, trying the "drag" one too (sometimes thats the only way I can get him home) but he is going on 30kgs and I can barely move him an inch! ...and I'm scared of hurting him or making him hate walking more!

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    How long have you been out when you go to come home and he stops?

    Maybe try shortening the walk? Rule of thumb for walk time being about 5 minutes for each month, at 7 months, just over half an hour would be enough walk and maybe he's tired?

    Mine didn't matter if we were coming or going but I did wear her out a couple of times. If we stopped and waited five minutes she'd usually recover enough to continue. But the road with the buses on it was always hard work.

    I still find if we do a full on walk - she runs a lot, at about the forty five minute mark she starts to get what I call "brain fade" and won't do anything I ask her to.

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    Hi, Harveys

    Mine was too. Having said that he was only a small dog (about 8kg not 30kg). He still does not like leash.
    I tried the following:
    No food before walk-sometimes hungry dogs listen to owners better
    Variations in treats-Liver or eggs (home cooked of course)
    Variations in pace-walking, running etc
    Different collars-for walking I found Halti is the best for me.
    Positive experiences-I guess we all want one long walk to wear dogs out but I found short and more frequent walks were better at this stage.
    Off leash dog parks after short walks

    Hachna
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    It can only be a few metres away from my driveway and he'll lie down!

    He wears a harness but we have tried him just on the collar too, still the same result.

    Have tried all sorts of different treats. Sometimes he will sit down just to watch another person walk by or sometimes there seems to be no reason at all. He'll just look at you as if to say "I don't want to, now you carry me!!"
    I'm wondering if maybe the weather affects him, its been wetter and colder this week and he really hasn't wanted to walk at all.

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    Ok because we have now had two posts on this subject, I'll tell you how I taught my dogs to walk on a leash
    1. Let the dog get used to walking around by themself with a light lead attatched.
    2. Once this is achieved walk a couple of metres then stop and praise with treats and attention, like its the best thing in the world. Each time increase the distance by about 5steps.
    Keep it to a 15 minute session though, cause technically, it is training.
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    I would drive the dog in the car a few hundred yards away from home, and see if he will walk home... it sounds like a battle of wills, so you may need to correct him... using a check chain give a slight jerk forward and then release it... the lead should be loose at all times unless a correction is being given... once the dog moves forward release the pressure... continue this until the dog is walking forward... Remember you are the boss. you won't hurt him, he's trying to control you...

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    Harveys

    What kind of harness have you got?

    The one for the car with a ring on the back between the shoulders won't hlep you.

    You need a Sporn (loops under the armpits) or a front attach harness.

    So he's lying down. You know he can't be tired. You haven't fed him for at least 4hours. You have pocket full of yummy bits of roast chicken. You walk to the end of the lead in the direction you want to go, and put slight pressure on it, lean on it a bit. With your back to him. Don't look at him, don't talk to him. And wait. Check your watch.

    He's a puppy. Attention span of a gnat. I'm not sure he'd last 30 seconds. But the second he gets up and moves in your direction make a HUGE fuss of him and give him a treat. Then try to get your walk happening, make a fuss of every step he takes in the right direction. If he lies down again - start procedure again.

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    Have you had him checked by a vet or vet chiropractor to make sure there's no medical reason that he doesn't like it? He could be uncomfortable or hurting.
    I'd hate to think he was trying to tell you something...

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