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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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6 month old male doesn't like to walk

He's always been tough on the leash even as a tiny puppy. Sometimes he just plants himself down on the sidewalk.

He has his good days but there are plenty of bad ones. It's driving us nuts.

Anyone go through this and then had it resolve?
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He's always been tough on the leash even as a tiny puppy. Sometimes he just plants himself down on the sidewalk.

He has his good days but there are plenty of bad ones. It's driving us nuts.

Anyone go through this and then had it resolve?
Most likely you will find something useful here ... lots of puppy stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...hwRlxZmW5H3IEm

But in general you just hold pressure on the leash and wait them out ... at some point the puppy should move towards you to relive the leash pressure. No yanking or dragging ... just wait them out.
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You might try taking him to new places for a walk, somewhere he's not familiar. Also, change pace, trot a bit, change directions, and maybe get him interested by engaging him - here pup, lets go, yes good pup, just to get him a bit more excited? By six months, he should be pretty interested in exploring for longer distances.
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Try teaching him to work offleash first in a safe area.
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Have you talked to your vet to rule out any medical problems that could be causing pain? Does he run around and play normally?

A six month old puppy should be excited about going on walks. Lying down would make me suspicious of a musculoskeletal issue.
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When he stops or plants do you stop and try to coax him to walk?
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How about next time he does this, you start running while making weird noises? If he does not chase you given that, it is definitely the time to visit vet.
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This doesn't sound like a medical issue ... the puppy is just being a tool.

But I guess my link was a little to broad??? No problem I'll try again, forget about the size of the dog here. The concept is key. Work in your back yard (distraction free) hopefully and try this. :


And Tylor Muto

Maybe those will help???
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Have you talked to your vet to rule out any medical problems that could be causing pain? Does he run around and play normally?

A six month old puppy should be excited about going on walks. Lying down would make me suspicious of a musculoskeletal issue.
^ This was my first thought also. I've never had a GSD that didn't love going on walks.

If you're pretty sure there is nothing physically hurting your pup, do you think there is something about the environment that makes him shy or fearful? What is his body language like? Has something negative happened to him on a walk? How do you react when he behaves this way?--do you think he senses your frustration and is reluctant to come with you b/c he knows you're angry with him?

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Thanks for the responses...

He's a super sniffer - I mean this dog should be search and rescue..can't get enough so that's his first desire.

He also stops to watch every car go by. He gets distracted easily.

I don't think it's medical. Actually, my wife just picked up the leash and he got excited. Who knows?! lol
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