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I have read several dog resources which point out the importance of walking your dog.  I know Howie is young and to start with short walks, but he seems to hate "the walk".  When walking away from the house he pulls back or sits down.  Then when we turn around he strains to run back to the house.  Has anyone had this type of experience with their pups.  Any ideas on overcoming?


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Comment by Jill Denver and Willow on April 2, 2012 at 8:20am

When Denver was really young he cried half way through our walk and I basically dragged him past the first several houses.  You'd think I was abusing him.  I kept saying your going to love this one day buddy!  Also I took treats with me and would encourage him to walk with me by giving him small bits of the treats which he really liked.  Before you know it your puppy will love to go on his walk.  Mine would rather walk then eat!

Comment by Sandi, Howie & Daisy on April 1, 2012 at 10:06pm

Thanks for the input and encouragement all.  Howie turned 11 weeks today.  The leash itself is not a problem, as we take him on potty trips to the yard (no fence) with no problem, additionally when playing in yard he has it on dragging it along with him, unfazed.  Hubby and I tried to analyze, possibly previous experience of barking dog down the road has him spooked.  I am not giving up and keep trying -- starts hesitating and sitting down as soon as we come around to the front of the house.  I have started taking a huge pocketful of his food/treats to lure or lead him down the road - trying to make a good association for him.  Very slight improvement this evening. 

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on April 1, 2012 at 3:05pm

Hi Sandi, nowadays of course we have to say "W" or spell out "W-A-L-K" otherwise Pedro gets so excited he goes totally bonkers, but when he was younger, we'd go out for the walk and though I wouldn't say he hated it, he'd park himself on the sidewalk and not move any further, kind of his way of saying "I've had enough, let's go back home". He does that even today if it's been a long walk and he needs a rest, we're totally on his schedule, he definitely "takes us" on the walk at whatever pace he wants to go. I'm sure Howie will soon start showing the Doodle curiosity of exploring everything that he can find on his walks and this stage will pass. Good luck and keep us posted. And loving paws from Pedro

Comment by Margaret and Opie on April 1, 2012 at 3:03pm

SAME EXPIRENCE HERE.  Opie HATED his leash at first, and hated walking away from the house even more.  Now at nearly 16wks old he LOVES his walks.  We just kept doing the advice that Lois gave - it worked great.  Now that he loves his walk we are working on walking without pulling.  He is actually doing great.  When he pulls I stop completly and make him sit.  I tell him 'watch me' and he looks up and refocusing on me walking him NOT him walking me.  After a few seconds he is calm and waits patiently for me to start again - so when we start up again he walks right by my side beautifully, if he starts to pull a tad bit I say 'heel' and he usually gets back in line - if he does not or is so excited he does not even 'hear' me - then I make him sit again.  It seems like he went from afraid of walking to LOVING it with in just a matter of a week or 2.  Don't worry, he shall soon enjoy his walks!

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on March 30, 2012 at 6:05pm
Daisy is 14 weeks and she just pulls on the leash. Sometimes she walks nice, but other times it's like she's lost her mind. When we get away from the house she jumps around and keeps grabbing the leash. I'm not sure if it's for attention or she is bored with the walk. I think they are just young. I sometimes put her leash on and just walk around the house or yard. How old is Howie?
Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 30, 2012 at 2:19pm

also, he is still in stage where everything is strange..  hook he's leash inside the house and roll a ball.  Not every far...   just let him drag the leash and play will you..  In a few days go outside and do the same on the sidewalk..   If he is returning the ball to you just let him drag the lease 5' 8' 10'.  Staying with him if you are on a busy street.   As long as he thinks this a game, you can pick up the leash anytime and just walk him home...   Toward the house not away from the house.   

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 30, 2012 at 6:20am

yes see:  Margaret and Opie  she was working on same issue.

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