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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 11 month old shepherd. It really frustrates me because whenever I walk him he will lie down if he doesn't want to walk anymore or if he doesn't want to go a certain direction. What I usually do is just leave him and he follows me to where I need to go. When people are around I cannot just leave him and walk away so that is where the issues lie. I don't know what to do. I tried treats but it is not working. I just don't know how to make him stand and walk. Also, when he sees that we are approaching the house he will lay down and there is no chance in he I can get him to stand and come inside. It really angers me and it is embarrassing. Please someone hive me some tips.
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I suggest you try turning him in the other direction. Go in a circle when he starts to baulk. Also shorten the walks, go different places, even take him in the car to a park or a new area. Walk a bit in the park, then sit on a bench -let him look around. When you come back to the house - approach from a different direction. Keep him guessing where you are going. I know it is frustrating but try to be calm. When he lies down that is a calming signal -he is either afraid of something or senses your frustration and that makes him anxious.


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Have you tried a higher paced walk when he starts to slow? "let's go, let's go!". I like the idea of changing directions, don't be predictable.

Worth mentioning, no issues with his paws? Injury? I'm assuming not.

My neighbors lab actually use to do this, just decided he was done and wanted to sit or lay down.

I needed help with my dog walking nicely with other dogs around, she needed help with her boy, so we started to take walks together. It worked out very well, her lab stopped doing it. They were both just under a year old at that time.
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Thank you both. I do try to go in different directions but somehow he knows that we are going home and he will lie down. I am thinking that maybe he doesn't want to go home because he knows I will take him to the backyard.
And no there are no other animals in our home. He is like 100 pounds so it is very challenging to physically make him stand and walk.
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I am thinking that maybe he doesn't want to go home because he knows I will take him to the backyard.
Why doesn't he like the backyard? Do you play with him back there?
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Well he is overweight and i try to walk him as much as I can but because he is doing this whole sitting down thing I stopped and didn't do it much. I also take my four year old with me walking so it is hard doing it. I have noticed that he starts limping after walking and I even took him to the vet but they couldn't tell me the problem. Yesterday I took him for a long walk and he kept stopping to take breaks. I gave him water and the only way he would get up to walk was if he saw something to bark at. So it led me yo think that maybe he is lazy. But during walks I can still get him up but once we come close to the house it is impossible.
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Yes I do play with him and so does my son. I do not stay in the backyard the whole day.
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Odd question here - does he come inside with you or mainly stays in the backyard?
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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He manly stays in the backyard.
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