During the beginning of our walks, my dog sometimes just stops and stands. I have to pull or push him to restart walk.
He does walk successfully next to me on a loose leash. This problem only happens within the first few minutes of our walk, then he is over it. I have added a backpack to his walks so he gets enough exertion even though I am sometimes physically challenged and the walks are shorter. I have used variable weight in the pack but never over 3 pounds. He's a 6 month, 28 lb goldendoodle. Is he objecting to the pack or the weight, or what?
on Sep 5th 2011
in Leash Walking
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He's still a puppy and a bit unsure about leaving the safety of home. If you have a disability he may feel it if you are feeling vulnerable.
Be confident and encourage him with treats or toys. Don't feel forced to take him on long walks yet. If it's hard for you and he's nervous, then you both need more time and confidence.
If he needs exercise, try retrieval work or nose work. Both will tire him out and can be done in your yard, or even inside in bad weather.
I totally approve of walking your dog and in 18 months he will be so excited to walk. I have 3 dogs, all walk nicely at my side, and I really enjoy walking with them. :)
Snickers answered on 9/5/11. Helpful? / 0
I think that may be a bit to much for a 6 month old puppy. I do not push my puppy to walk until they are well over a year old. I know it is not much weight, but since they are still growing, it could cause problems later. the stopping thing may just be him looking around and getting an ida of what you are about to do. Good luck with your training.
Tiara answered on 9/7/11. Helpful? / 0