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08-19-2014 01:59 PM
WateryTart
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Originally Posted by Kobethegermanshepherd View Post
how is your dog now? my puppy is also nine weeks old and he doesnt like to walk either. If i bring him out he will lay on the grass. He is slightly better off the leash and he will try to follow me more. but mostly he will just lay on the grass. is this normal ?
I don't know, but my puppy didn't love walking at 8-9 weeks either. She would just flop down and rest every half block or so. I decided to stop having an agenda for walks and that the goal of the walk was not to log distance but to get her out of the house on the leash and enjoy doing something together.

That adjustment in attitude helped me; time and development helped her.
08-19-2014 08:02 AM
Maxil
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Originally Posted by Kobethegermanshepherd View Post
how is your dog now? my puppy is also nine weeks old and he doesnt like to walk either. If i bring him out he will lay on the grass. He is slightly better off the leash and he will try to follow me more. but mostly he will just lay on the grass. is this normal ?
He does follow you so there is no problem lol, I would do the same if that was my first time to see grass :3 anyways don't worry he will get bored sooner or later, attract him with some treats
08-18-2014 10:14 PM
Crackerjill He is fantastic now! He's 4 months old and walks great on his leash. He also likes to run, so we do short runs on the grass path near our home (don't want to do anything long or intense).
08-18-2014 07:08 PM
Kobethegermanshepherd how is your dog now? my puppy is also nine weeks old and he doesnt like to walk either. If i bring him out he will lay on the grass. He is slightly better off the leash and he will try to follow me more. but mostly he will just lay on the grass. is this normal ?
06-29-2014 10:26 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 01:08 AM
Jmoore728
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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 01:04 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 01:31 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 01:09 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 01:06 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.
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