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Old 06-28-2014, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 9 week old puppy won't walk on leash

We are brand new puppy owners! Yay! We picked our boy Sandor up from the breeder last week. He's a beautiful white GSD.

We live in the city and have to walk about a block to the park for bathroom breaks. He was doing fine and walking with us really well actually, staying right beside us and not pulling on his leash or anything. And then over the past day or two he's decided he doesn't walk to walk anywhere and just lays down. You can pick him back up, gently tug his leash, call him with treats....nothing works. The only way to get him to the park for a bathroom break is to carry him and he's going to quickly become WAY too big for that!

Even once he's at the park, instead of using the bathroom he just lays down in the grass, sometimes for over an hour....without ever going pee or poop.

Is it just because he's so young and it's too much walking? Or is this something we should find a way to correct? And how do you correct that??

He's also started grabbing/chewing on his leash, so we've started letting him carry sticks/toys when he does walk.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did something happen at the park? My boy did this when he was small and now looking back I'm thinking he didn't like it there
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Is he otherwise active off leash?
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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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.
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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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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.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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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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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
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