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06-29-2014 09:26 AM
Crackerjill He will sit up and watch the things going on around him, and if another dog comes up to him he will interact with it.

I think we might have just been expecting too much from him walking wise. If I carry him to the park, he is great walking back. Will walk/run the whole way and is actually good about staying with me.

We also took him to the suburbs and let him play with 2 family dogs in the fenced yard. He LOVED chasing the Chesapeake Bay Retriever as the big guy was playing fetch.
06-29-2014 12:08 AM
Originally Posted by lalachka View Post
Your decision but a pup getting to the park and laying down for an hour doesn't sound right. Especially since it just started happening.

But yeah, I guess you can wait it out.
I also think it's a little awkward for him to lay down for an hour with all the different activities going on at the park in my opinion. Surely something would trigger him to interact. Again, might not be anything. Let him settle in and see if he starts to improve.
06-29-2014 12:04 AM
Jmoore728 When my guy first came home at 9 weeks, everything was new to him, so I went slow on the walks. I think the first time we made it a block. Got better each time. He soon started loving them. I didn't force anything on him. If he started acting a little skittish, I would head back towards the house. This only lasted for a short period of time. I have socialized him environmentally to many places and nothing has bothered him.

I think you will be fine. If he isn't wanting to walk, don't drag him along. He will start to come around in my opinion. Let him settle in and work on gaining his trust and focus on you. Hopefully it's nothing
06-28-2014 12:31 PM
lauren43 I think some puppies need to be desensitized to the leash. Somehow the leash is shutting him down (if there is nothing medical going on)

I would put the leash on him in the house and allow him to drag it everywhere (under supervision of course!)...reward him at random intervals and see if that helps with getting used to the leash.

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06-28-2014 12:09 PM
lalachka Your decision but a pup getting to the park and laying down for an hour doesn't sound right. Especially since it just started happening.

But yeah, I guess you can wait it out.
06-28-2014 12:06 PM
Crackerjill Sounds good. We'll keep an eye on it. He wasn't feeling great 2 days ago (We were going to switch his food and were gradually changing it, but it was still making him sick- after researching this forum I found that GSDs have trouble with Blue Buffalo, so we are going to stick with what the breeder was feeding him). He's had chicken and rice with some pumpkin for his last 4 meals- the last one with some of the old food mixed in. He's been much happier and more playful since switching the food back.
06-28-2014 11:52 AM
Baillif Vets probably unnecessary. Plenty of puppies that age are like that. I wouldn't worry too much about leash walking right now. I'd be more focused on keeping the dog engaging with me when I asked for it.
06-28-2014 11:42 AM
9 week old puppy won't walk on leash

I just reread your post. He lays down at the park as well. No, mine was a diff situation.

I'd say this is weird. They're pretty active at that age. I'd check him out

ETA and this just happened over the last few days. Def check him out. Vet.
06-28-2014 11:39 AM
Crackerjill Nothing happened at the park that I can think of that would have made him upset. He likes to be there, once he's there. He will lay around and lounge in the shade for hours happily, he just doesn't like the walking it takes to get there.

He's not super active yet. He's still in the sleepy puppy phase. He will play/be active for 10-20 minutes at a time, and then sleep for 2-3 hours after.
06-28-2014 10:40 AM
Baillif Is he otherwise active off leash?
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