Alright, so Sabelle loves to go outside, when she is in, she looks out the front windows and gives me that look. She'll wait by the stairs and gets excited when I pull her leash out. So, the problem now is she wants to go outside, so I take her on walks around the neighborhood but as soon as I leave the driveway every couple of houses or nice green lawns she lays down and won't budge. I bring treats along and encourage her to walk a little more, since it's only been a couple houses and she can't be tired, but after about 10 to 15 houses down she starts whining, and tries to get out of her collar and chews on the leash, trying to get back home, and when I do finally say lets g back home, she is pulling on the leash like there is no tomorrow, so eager to get home.
I don't give in because I want to make sure she is getting a short walk in every day or two, but I don't drag her along unwillingly either. I'll wait while she waits and give her a cookie when she walks a little more, and praise her, and then it continues on with her sitting and me encouraging her, etc. I just want to know some ideas on how to get her to walk a little farther each time. Some days are better than others, and before she used to love walking around the block, and I'm sure she is just being puppy stubborn and to see if she can overrule the rules. I simply want to know if I should even try and take her on walks if she isn't going to budge most of the time, or keep at it and do what I have been doing. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you
Question 1: How old is Sabelle?
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Perfectly normal for her age (3 months, right?) . Puppies seem to need to take time to process their surroundings around that age. Keep walking and encouraging her with your voice and handclaps etc.. I wouldnt use treats at this time, you may be creating a problem if the puppy starts relying on this pattern.
She is four months old. She has been doing better since I've posted, but I think it had to do with my husband has the weekends off and she walks much farther with both of us there.
Ok, I know she smells a lot of things, and I usually let her get her fill, I didn't think to consider her laying down to process...but I guess it does make sense! I certainly have my days where I learn something new than what I've researched.
I don't give her treats all the time, just when she does something good, like pick up garbage then drop it when I tell her to. And her treats are just her dog food. I tell her good girl all the time whenever she starts walking on her own or doesn't pick something up or doesn't go into the road or sits when I ask her to...she is a super-duper good girl with how often I tell her that!
Thank you kaytris for the help.
This sounds normal to me. She sounds very sweet It took alot to get Milly to like the lead. She used to do the drop and roll when we took her out for walks. Drop Roll Try and Eat Leash. LOL... it was very frustrating. Then when I tried to convince her to walk further than her comfort zone she's start yelping like I'd hit her or she was in pain. So embarrassing!
She has been doing TONS better since I posted this. I'm very proud of her! She impresses me everyday when she comes and listens and fetches and actually plays back with other dogs! She has officialy made a friend. A female rotty named Molly who is 6 1/2 months old. Sabelle was playing and having fun! She usually gets timid and sits between my legs and runs away when other dogs try to play with her. I'm glad she has at least one bossom friend. Now if only I could get them together everyday...
totally normal, Gracie did the same thing. Now she walks much better on the leash, finally at 9 months old, although she does have her moments