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I take Loki to the park every alternate day, in place of his morning walk, & we spend about 1.5 hours there doing some off-leash training & recall. I walk him through the town on his walk lead & then change him onto a 28 foot long training lead when we enter the park. For the first half hour he runs around exploring, through the forest & the gardens, then the next half hour I do recall with him ...I hide behind trees while he is exploring, then call him & he comes looking for me. The last half hour when he is slowing down a bit, I take him off lead & walk around with him. We go to a certain shady spot, out of the sun, & play a game of fetch & roll around on the ground together for a bit, then the long training lead goes back on as we walk back toward the road, then the short lead, & walk back through town where he enjoys being petted. Loki really loves those outings every second day, & I enjoy them.
On the other days, we walk around the neighbourhood & I vary the route every walk., but he is becoming increasingly difficult to walk because the moment we get out the front door, he sits down & doesn't want to move. I have to literally lift him to his feet! Then he keeps wanting to lay down everytime we hit grass & hard to get him up & going again. This morning, I avoided all areas of grass, so he did the laying down on a pavement against a fence in the shade. He just does not seem to want to walk,on the pavement anymore, & just wants to flop down on the grass. I was thinking that maybe the pavement was hot on his feet, but he does the same on his evening walk. This started a few days ago, & I have no idea what the problem is. We do have a lot of large-breed dogs running & barking aggressively behind fences at him on our walks, so I am wondering if he is now scared of walking around the neighbourhood because of that. It that possible?
This evening I went on the walk, with my husband taking Loki & me taking our papillon. Loki's behaviour was appalling. He kept trying to jump all over Jontay & my husband could not control him at all. So I took charge of Loki, whilst my husband took Jontay. He walked quite a way ahead of us, to prevent Loki from jumping all over Jontay again, so Loki then kept pulling to catch up to them. When we did get together again, Loki immediately started jumping onto him again. My husband tried to get Jontay out of the way, then Loki leapt up on my husband. Goodness knows what people driving by thought! Loki is well behaved during the day, apart from the effort to get him to go on walks. I know my husband doesn't like him ....none of the puppies we have had in the past, have ever behaved like this & my husband is starting to get really fed up with it ...he has had several skin tears on his arm from Loki, & yesterday Loki got too mouthy with him & my poor husband ended up with broken skin from his teeth. So I can't really blame him for not wanting to do anything with Loki, because he always seems to get injured. It doesn't happen to me as I have more control over him. Perhaps Loki can sense that my husband doesn't like him, & that's why he behaves so badly with him ...yet Loki is always very excited to see him come home from work & my husband always makes a fuss of Loki when he comes in.
Loki does Canine Good Citizen Foundation every Sunday morning, & my husband comes along too, but he gets quite stressed if Loki misbehaves ...usually when we first arrive & he is very excited. As the classes are a forty min drive away, it would be difficult to do more than one a week, as all other classes are held in the evening. Loki gets taken on a country walk or to the beach or river every weekend. He loves going places in the car, but I could not do that every day of the week, as Jontay cannot go with us, due to the way Loki behaves with him when we go out. He is mostly good with him at home.
Last edited by Dwyllis; 12-14-2012 at 04:32 AM.