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Old 05-03-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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When I take Amber out now, she at some point refuses to walk. She will sit and then lay on the grass/pavement and refuse to budge. I have to pull hard on the lead to get her to move, or promise her with treats when she gets home. The thing is I don't really take treats out with me atm, and I don't want to give her treats to make her get up. It's seems that it would be like rewarding that behavior.

I am guessing it's just a puppy thing and she'll grow out of it, as I can't see how she's worn out (it's not like I take her for really long walks). I hate pulling on the lead though, but I know I have to show her I'm boss and we have to move! LOL.

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How old is Amber?
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Well I think you are doing the right thing about not trying to bribe her with treats. But perhaps you can tell us some more? Like how long does it take before she refuses to budge? Are there loud street noises? Could she be tired?
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She's 17 weeks old, and it usually happens when we are near grass. It can be when we are on our way to somewhere or on the way back. The walk I take her every day is when we take and pick Joe up from school. We usually go via the park, so she can have a run. I know she doesn't need go pee or stop for a stool as she does this in the park. Also when I have let her on the grass in the street, she'll lay on it and refuse to move. It's like she gets a stuborn streak and refuses to budge. Also she doesn't seem to be scared of anything, and never runs from loud noises etc.
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I'd shorten up the lead & coax her a little with voice. If she doesn't start moving, walk toward & past her — you keep moving, don't hesitate — sooner or later, she'll run out of rope & will have to move with you. Pretend you don't notice her objections and just keep moving. She's now at the age where it is starting to become the time that it is "her job" to follow your lead. If she moves along with you & then plants herself, change direction & just keep on moving.
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She's 17 weeks old, and it usually happens when we are near grass. It can be when we are on our way to somewhere or on the way back. The walk I take her every day is when we take and pick Joe up from school. We usually go via the park, so she can have a run. I know she doesn't need go pee or stop for a stool as she does this in the park. Also when I have let her on the grass in the street, she'll lay on it and refuse to move. It's like she gets a stuborn streak and refuses to budge. Also she doesn't seem to be scared of anything, and never runs from loud noises etc.
When she stops or lays down what is her body language telling you? Does she lay on her side with her head flat on the grass, on her belly watching you, or is she alert and just busy sightseeing?
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My dog used to do this, when she simply didnt want to walk any further, its just them being a bit stubborn i think. it sounds quite cute to be honest, a little andrex puppy planting herself on the grass. Do you stop and make a fuss as your pulling the lead etc? maybe if you just carried on walking, stoppped when you run out of lead and just stand there with slight tension on the lead. The point here is that you DONT turn around, talk to her or make the slightest suggestion of giving her attention. This worked with my dog anyway, i think it tought her " you can stop me, but you cannot change the way we are going or get attention for it". she should hopefully get bored and then just get up, at which point you just carry on and dont say anything to her. i hope this advice is a useful
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Turn walking into a game till your pup is more use to the lead.

Take it's favorite ball and use that as a reward for when the pup does what you want. Let your pup chew on the ball and use loads of praise. Jump around, be silly and fire your dog up when it is doing what you want as well so it knows it has been good and this is FUN.

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Im sure shes still very young, dont worry too much. Shes is still interested in all the lovely new smells. Just coax her gently and try food if you like too.... she will learn eventually that although the smells are very nice - she much prefers to come with mummy -- with all the praise she gives and treats too. shes still a baby after all......
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I honestly doubt that at this age she is being stubborn!

Even though 17 week old puppies often appear to have unlimited amounts of energy they don't have a whole lot of stamina. They have brief, wild, energy bursts where we sometimes think their energy is limitless. But when they're worn out, they're completely done until they have a good nap or rest and enough time to replenish that energy.

From what I've read about the routine; walking to the park and then stopping for playtime before continuing on, she's probably just dog tired. Her body language and behavior should provide excellent clues to her remaining energy level or lack of it.

When a puppy is tired and is limiting its own exercise, they should be allowed to rest until they're ready to go again and never coaxed or forced to continue.
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