I don't know where to post this really so if it needs to be moved, please do so!
Today I met up with John and his black Lab, Shelby, out on some military protperty that civilians are actually allowed to go on to walk the dogs. I took my 2 30' leads so they could have some freedom to roam, but can't trust their recall to let them off leash. John's Lab, was always ahead of us, so Z and Nadi were constantly pulling on the leads. We didn't go far because I was getting very irritated with them, and with John for not getting his Lab to stay closer to us so they wouldn't pull. I finally got to the point on our way back that I put them both back on regular leashes and made them heel. By this time my shoulder was killing me. I had told John that it hurt, and had asked him to get Shelby to stay closer but his response was this is what they always do out there. Fine for them, but I was wishing I had not gone at all.
Now for the problem....we have been home for hours and Z will NOT go out! Normally when I go out to smoke, both dogs go out with me, and as soon as I let them out they charge to the back yard like maniacs. Z will not go out at all now. Is it possible that all the pulling strained his neck? He was wearing his Martingale. Or perhaps all the pulling just really wore him out? I am going to keep a close eye on him because I am worried. This is so abnormal! Nadi is no worse for the wear and she was pulling harder than he was, so I am worried about my Zman. On Christmas Eve, someone nearby was letting off fireworks(Yes, Even on Christmas Eve around here
)and Z is terrified of them, so he has been a bit more clingy the past few nights. Could that be a part of it?
Thanks for any input in advance! I am being a worry wart I know, but they are my babies!