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No Walk Golden
We recently adopted a cream golden from a breeder friend. The breeder has an excellent reputation, and the dog was well cared for. The breeder decided to let the dog go to a good home, upon her 4th litter. Marley has a wonderful temperament, and great disposition. She is still recovering from her puppy delivery in October, so she is busy loosing her fur, and shrinking her belly.
Our concern about the dog is that she is fearful, and refuses to walk, except with another dog. When on a leash by herself, we might get 2 blocks in either direction, before she simply refuses to take another step. When walking with another dog, we have been able to get her to travel at least 10 blocks, but she still occasionally balks. She cowers when I toss her a ball, and trembles when it thunders. I have been brushing her daily with a shedding blade to help expedite the hair loss, which she enjoys. Yet each time I bring out the brush, she cowers.
I am hoping that some of her uncertainties will work themselves out, after she has more time to transition from the kennel life, but just reaching out to hear if you may have any suggestions.
This is not our first dog, so we are fairly good about working on training and motivation, but this balking has me stumped. I use high value
treats, various collars, and traditional commands, but when she balks, she just sits/stands until she is ready to move again. When she does walk, she is good on a lead, and responds to the common commands.
Looking forward to hearing from you.