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Question 14 month girl lies down on walks!

Hi Everyone! I have been a big reader of this site since we got beautiful Asscher 1 year ago! (I have finally figured out how to start a thread.. pathetic!) She's almost 14 months.

So, she's wonderful. A joy. Best thing that ever happened to us... BUT!

She is controlling the walks and it's driving me crazy. We will start on a walk and she will lie down because she doesn't want to go in a certain direction. She doesn't only lie down, but she does "jelly" like when bratty kids are having tantrums and turn into spaghetti and you can't even pick them up! She's 75 pounds and lies on her back because she knows I am angry. Then we walk, lies down in the shade, walks, lies down because she sees a dog and wants to wait for them to so she can try to play. I first tried a collar, then a choke collar (not metal, just rope) then a freedom harness. I obviously don't want to strangle her or drag her along the street but this is getting ridiculous. Sometimes I end up in tears because I literally can't move her. i know she isn't injured because I take her to a dog park and she runs like mad, I take her to the beach and she runs around like crazy playing with other dogs etc. When we are at my parent's house with a backyard she doesn't sit still. (We live in an apartment)

Also, she's starting to BARK on our walks.. like if she sees someone coming out of an apartment, or sees something new on the street like a bag of garbage that usually isnt there- she will also bark at a random shopping cart on the sidewalk. She also barks when there is someone new coming to the door. I don't mind a watch dog but this is getting SILLY!! We live in Los Angeles, so there is a lot of concert and yuck things on the street. Anyone have any advice? I feel like my tempting with treat is not working- I need some serious help! i have a firm voice when I'm a angry but she just laughs at me. I love her more than anything but I'm frustrated. HELP!!
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Have you tried a different tactic like waiting her out? What I mean is once she lays down you simply stop turn to her and call her name in a sweet "puppy" excited voice but only once and then wait. She will not quite know what is happening since she has learned this has worked for her in the past but with repetitions each time she gives you this behavior she will catch on quickly. The moment she gets up tell her "yes" and treat her and start backing up and she will naturally follow once she is in a stand position. She won't know what just happened but if she knows there are some of her favorite treats when she comes to you and not when she is in the laying down position she will start thinking differently about her walks. Some dogs are more reactive to any type of tension on their collars and will automatically appear to be rebelling by laying down when in reality is just their natural response to the tension on their necks we apply with the leash and collar when we try to pull them to where we want them to be. I have used this technique on rescues who have shut down on me during walks and if you use a really BIG pay off treat you know she loves and only use that treat for walks since that seems to be your trouble area it normally does not take them long to make the decision that getting the pay off is better than laying on the ground.

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ha ha ha ha

((sorry to laugh)) but for a second there, I thought you were talking about my Buddy!

Buddy is now 10 years old and this has been a problem for me since he was a puppy. Buddy is smart and knows where he wants to go and what he wants to do. He knows that certain places are no fun whereas others will be more benefical He loves the car so usually will do everything he can to get me to take him rather than walk.

He glues his bummie. I am a terrible leader/trainer. I always just gave in and did what he wanted to do. This is WRONG!! He has me trained soooo well, now the only way I can get him to go home is if I promise to take him for ice cream. He wants the ice cream and knows if he glues his butt he will get it.

If I cant get to the 7-11 to get his ice cream (if I am in a hurry), I will have to carry him!! This is not a good look.

This behavior can be VERY annoying. I really wish I had have been a better leader but feel that since he is now 10, I might as well just let him be a brat.


Best of luck! I hope you are able to break your baby's habbit....or make sure you carry around lots of ice cream money in your pocket.
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I have (had) a little bit the same problems with spoiled Lilly. She just would stop on walks. Especially if she realized that it won't go in direction of the dog park but into 'nowhere's land". "Bummie Glue", that's what she did - she woul just look at me and not move forward at all. I lured her ...but then she did do it again a couple steps ahead, so I thought that is not going to work.

What helps is,
I won't let her go into it. I will be on strike, too. Like - this way or no way...and just wait. If nothing happens - I wiggle her rear end or even pick her up for a second (70 pounds)...she hates that. I did that like 5 times on 5 different walks...and now I just have to wiggle her rear end and she knows I won't give up...that I am the leader (at least a little bit ....

You're not alone!!!

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I'm not sure you are walking Tayla. She does the same thing. I've tried everything. Dragging works, but it rubs a lot of fur off LOL. Just kidding. I have found recently that what works best is that if she sits or lays down I just sit down at the end of the leash. Within a few seconds she gets up, I get up and we go on with our walk. I've only just started trying this so I don't know if my success rate is just an accident or something that actually works.

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Smile Phew! Glad I am not alone!!

So She is just a BRAT?!?! I was hoping she would grow out of this but it seems like there are some 10 year olds that do it too! honestly, i've tried the treat thing but I make her smell it and then she gets up. I think she needs to get up on her own and then I reward her. Hiking!?!? I find it so odd that a dog doesn't want to go on a hike! We live in an apartment and I would think her favorite thing to do would to run, sniff and walk around! NOPE!! I'll try to figure out how to load a picture of her. Does anyone else think navigating this site is hard? Or just the 29 year old college grad? It is VERY hot out so maybe it's the heat that is making her so bratty.

Any advice on the BARKING at everything on walks? She HATES strollers!! I can't have her barking at a stroller. I am trying to familiarize these things to her.
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where is the slip collar placed? It should be as high has possible, without your dog escaping... you get better control w/o the fear of choking your dog (I do admit... sometimes I'm sloppy and don't follow what I type)... you can gently lead your dog (not your dog leading you).

I use a martingale collar as well.

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Have you tried the belly wrap approach with the lead?

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Wow I'm glad I found this thread! I was going to make a new one, because my Rusty does not like walking the places I take him. He will just stop and sits, and then heads in the direction he wants to go (or does not seem interested in walking at all). I do not allow Rusty to get his way most of the time tho.

I will wait, and give him time, and I will pet and then try again. Most of the time it works, but sometimes it does not. I hope Rusty will out grow this behavior when he gets older. Rusty is almost 4 months old right now, and I really want to go for long walks in the future (when he is older)
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