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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012, 11:30 AM
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Heat may be a part of the issue, especially when your dog keeps resting in the shade. Maybe go out earlier or later? I've learned that when Ben starts resting in the shade, it's time to go home or get him to water. (He loves walks, so only stops because he really needs to.)

One possible solution on other days - when we got Ben, we had a lot of issues with him. For a short while, he would roll on his back in protest or jump and bite at the leash. We started carrying a small tobacco can we found by the road with some pennies in it. When he would act up, we shook the can. It would startle him, so he would stop whatever he was doing. Just breaking his train of thought helped. We didn't need to do it long, but it worked.
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You are lucky finding out how to start a thread I am still trying ...worse still is I did once (I think) by luck more than judgement so still wandering about hoping to bump into the answer ...at least you found out in the end 'as for me too embarrassed to ask , asked on the search button but it took me to the Internet and under age breeding (concerning dogs I think not wayward teenagers)didnt hang around to find out .

Back to this thread we are in the middle of the terrible two's with Rio never had a fellow like him before... imagine a very smart Golden with a very teasing sense of humour who thinks he know's it all.
Throw the ball ok ...he brings it back pretends to try and put it in your hand as we go to grab it he is off like a shot' ball in mouth catch me if you can.
Goes outside then taps to come in when we open door he takes off.
Yes we wont play with the ball any more and yes he has to stay out for a while ....does he care nah not on your nellie.
Our old darling golden Shane' has always been a joy and Rio adores him BUT he takes Shanes toys and grabs his balls (Rubber Ones of course)then Rio tries to put them back into Shanes mouth and takes off before Shane can get a grip.
Rio adores our old Cat Tiddles and she grabs him by his front leg licking it if he tries to pull away she bites him so he stands like a statue.

Hmmmm think I had better have a talk to Tiddles as she is the only one who has the measure of our naughty little boy.
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So, it sounds like the primary problem is your pup is in charge of you instead of you being in charge of him. He is smart, since he has figures out how to get what he wants without any consequences.

I know that this is not what you want to hear, but your dog is giving you "the paw". I know this because I did not like hearing this with my first Golden!

So my suggestion is to find a training class at a serious obedience club. They can help you take control of your pup in a constructive way.

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My Wilson does the exact same thing! Thank you for starting this thread
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I see this is an old thread but I just had to jump in it. Has the OP found any answers? My Thor is beginning to do this, but NEVER on hikes. In fact, my suspicion is that he is just bored of our neighborhood and since he now has experienced the joy of being off leash on a trail he is holding out for a better option. I also notice that he has no trouble at all walking in the direction of something he wants to get to in the neighborhood, but definitely isn't interested in a routine walk in the direction I want to go. I have been lifting him and placing him facing the way I want to go, and he eventually takes off, but I don't really want to make our walks be a power struggle either.
What I'm going to try:
Taking him to other places on a leash more often (A challenge timewise, but at least it's summer)
NOT taking him out in our neighborhood as often, and perhaps he'll begin to miss it.
I'm definitely trying the wait and reward when he gets up advice given earlier.
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Muphy did the same thing for awhile - no matter where we headed he just refused to walk, even with treats (and he is very food motivated!). Now we use an easy-walk harness and it is the only thing that has truly helped. He hates having it put on even though it always means a fun adventure, but now I can tug him along a little bit (as long as he isn't laying down) to encourage him. I use that along with a treat and an excited voice. It did take a couple of times of dragging him along on the grass before he understood that I wasn't going to stop walking for him but he has improved over the past month. Now when he has puppy strikes I walk over to him and lift him up a little to set him on his feet then continue walking. Its not perfect but it is better!
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Asscher- how's your walking going??

Oh, I'm just dying to know how things worked out for Asscher with walking and if there are any ideas you could share. My 12 month old Female Cadi has very similar issues and I'm about at the end of my leash!
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Thanks for this thread. I had a similar problem with my year old pup who didn't want to go home or leave the hiking trails. He'd dead weight lie down and completely ignore me and my requests to 'let's go'. I had read about how powerful body blocking can be in the body language of canines so I thought I'd give it a try. Every time he lays down I back up toward him until I'm almost standing over his head. He's not so keen on it and pops up immediately. I say good boy let's go and once he's taken a step or two give him a small treat. It's been working like a charm and our incidents of lay down protest have dropped significantly. Hope this helps!!
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