Hi, Does anyone have any suggestions for a puppy who lays down constantly during her walk? She is 14 weeks old and very smart...she has mastered all of the tricks from puppy school but every time we go for a walk she tries to lay down in bushes or even in the middle of the road! I have tried leg patting, jogging, leading her with treats, and throwing treats and end up getting frustrated when she refuses to move as cars come toward us!
What type of lead are you using? If it's a smaller dog, a harness is the best to use to protect the neck area. With my dog (7 lbs), I use a harness and hold the leash so that she is right next to my leg. Keep the leash tight so there is no slack and when pup decides to lie down, keep holding the leash up high and continue to walk forward.
When you are home, try letting the dog drag the leash indoors so that he can get used to the feeling and weight of it (supervised of course).
When you go on your walk try constantly changing directions and be quick about it, don't allow your dog a chance to stop. You don't want to drag your dog of course, but once you manage to get them moving, be sure to keep them moving!
Manson was so goofy when he was learning to walk on a leash. He would flop down and roll around and act like a total goon. He belonged to my friend at the time and her neighbors would joke that he was the laziest dog they had ever seen! Good news is that he is the perfect walking partner now. He loves to walk, never tires, and doesn't pull at all. He keeps whatever my pace is and sits when I stop.
Your puppy is just being a goofy puppy. Keep putting that leash on him and he will get used to it. I agree with the person who said let him wear the leash when he's just hanging out in the house so that it doesn't freak him out and he will have to walk with it on.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/4/2007 12:34:42 AM*** Reason: weqrweqr
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