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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-23-2020, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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How to deal with puppy refusing to walk?

Hey everyone,

Sorry for not posting an introduction but this is my first puppy and damn has it been a hard week.

So far Ive been handling everything well but theres this one thing he does that just blows my head through the roof.

When we go on walks he stops to look for 5-10 seconds at a time so I allow him Ive only had him for a week im sure this is just him examining the surroundings. But there are times where he just wont budge. I can do anything but he wont move and hell tug on the leash. The only way I can get him to follow me is to take off his leash and continue walking and when I get far enough hell come.

Another thing is he wont voluntarily follow me out the house, hell follow me around but not out. On the first day he did but not anymore. He also doesnt like entering new rooms. He will gladly get into the car and get out when we are out and about but once we get back home hell refuse to get out.

Ive taken a video if someone could tell me how to upload it I gladly will.

My biggest concern is I dont want to do anything wrong now especially at the puppy stage and have a broken dog later on.

PS he doesnt like treats the only "treat" I can get him to eat is raw meat and I cant carry that around to the park with me.

He is a 13 week old male.
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He is still just a baby and this is all new to him - I'd give him some time. Keep your walks short and positive. I'll be interested in seeing your video if you can figure out how to post it - I'm no help there.

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One way to post a video is to put it on youtube. Here's how to get it from there to here:

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Welcome 17 to the World of Dobermans LOL Fitz said it best - He's just a baby and unsure of his surroundings - when he won't move - something has his interest and he has not learned the commands like come , or lets go . You said you have only had him a week , I hope your were not expecting a Obedience champion at his age : ) Its a work in progress 17 and it takes a ton of patience , love and working with them , baby steps at first . We picked up our little girl on July 12th , So Sunday it will be 2 weeks and what strides she has made already . You will see this to , remember - Patience !

I will advise - Please don't your puppy off leash in a unprotected area ( no fence ) ! they are quicker than you can run and you never know what trouble lies ahead .

Also - start working with him , just a few minutes a day , sit , come , stay , use a treat to reward each time - trust me - they will pick it up very fast .

Patience -- Patience --- Patience !

Hell will be fine !
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Thanks guys. Makes me feel a lot better. So what do you suggest I do? Carry him? Any advice of treats to use? Here’s the video

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I would say stopping with your pup for 5 to 10 seconds on a walk is more of a pause than a break. haha I often just sit down and hang out with a pup who wants to take a break and observe their environment in the middle of a walk.

Its still good exposure for the pup, IMO.

They might be picking up an interesting or new smell as it wafts past them through the air. Maybe they're just quietly observing the scenery and thinking about their surroundings. It's good stuff for puppy brains.

One of my favorite ways to socialize or expose puppies it to take them new places and hang out somewhere out of the way and people watch. We'll also explore the area a bit, as they're comfortable, but I let them kind of lead the way on that. My general approach is just that we observe the environment and explore at the pup's pace, whatever that may be.

Really, the only time I expect my dogs to be on the move is when we're working heeling patterns (and I've never met a dog who was ready for heeling patterns as a little puppy hahaha). They don't get to decide to stop mid-heel when we're training. But for normal walks, we can stop and start again as much as they want and I don't care. Walks are more about enrichment for my dogs because, honestly, neither of my dogs' exercise needs can be met by a walk each day. They're not over the top active but a walk doesn't exactly cut it either.

So, if I were you (assuming its not about to storm or you're not going to die of heat exposure or at-risk of some other tragedy), I'd probably just sit down and let the pup take in his environment for a while.
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Hi Brno! And welcome from the Pacific NW.

Yup... Just a puppy being a puppy. The world is novel, and very distracting. Plus, they have an attention span of less than zero.
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To piggy back onto what brw said:

One of my favorite things to do with a pup is to head to an area where there is a lot going on. Mellow, but busy. Where I live, there is a street which is very pedestrian friendly. It has all kinds of shops, outdoor cafe's, bakeries, a vet clinic, a boutique pet store and such.

We would go there and walk for a very short while and then sit and watch the world go by. Dog walkers, joggers, baby strollers, bicycles...You name it. The puppy and I just soaked it all in.

Then we would get up and walk short distance and start all over again. It was a wonderful way to introduce the baby to his varied surroundings and start him on the path to being a totally socialized dog. Plus, to the puppy, the short walk has purpose. It's like "Cool ! Let's go see what's going on over here". It also helps to them to develop patience . Today I can walk my middle-aged boy in public and stand and chat with someone for as long as I want without him getting antsy. He just calmly waits by my side until I am ready to move on.

Have fun with your new boy! And just as important... Remember to make it fun for him. Training should be enjoyable for you both!

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Remember to make it fun for him. Training should be enjoyable for you both!

Very wise words spoken from John
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like everyone has said he is still a baby again i would never have my dog off leash. They are super fast and you would never want anything to happen to him. Have you best treats at the ready and change your treats often let him smell what ever he wants and then entice him with the treats to get him going. Or just let him be and both of you enjoy the surroundings he will get it
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Always have treats in your hand or pocket and you can get him to walk a few feet to get the treat. He looks hot too. He may not be able to tolerate but a few minutes at a time outside.
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Thanks guys. Makes me feel a lot better. So what do you suggest I do? Carry him? Any advice of treats to use? Here’s the video

What I see , is a puppy full of questions and curiosity ! At the beginning of your video - What is he doing ??? If I remember right - he is looking behind him , Something had his interest ( What is that ? ) ( what is that smell ? ) Maybe even another dog ? person walking ? But there was something there

Then ! he wanted to check out the post - most likely , he picked up the smell of another dog that had marked it - if you would have let him check it out - I bet he would have marked it too , but the smell he picked up , he had that on his mind , That to me is why he didn't want to leave .

As far as you taking off the lead and he followed you ? your his security blanket - like -- Dad , dad , Don't leave me - I'm just a baby Dober right now .

This is just me thinking out loud here - But I think your not being very patient with him , expecting way to much out of him at his age . Like 82 said - and many others - he's a baby now - slow down and enjoy your walks with him , Also like 82 said - just sit down with him - I do that still today with our big dogs , I ask them what do you smell , what do you see ? I always enjoy it to , because then I try to figure out what they do see - LOL

Have fun with him
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You could try getting a longer leash. When you get too far away he will follow then give him a treat when he catches up. But, again, he's a pup and he just unsure about what's going on.
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Welcome to the forum from Denver, Colorado

A few questions:

1. How far are you walking him? At his age you shouldn't be walking terribly far.

2. He looks stressed to me. His body language is saying he isn't ready to go where you want him to go because he's not sure of the situation. I would use treats or his next meal to lure him but if he's THAT uncomfortable that even treats won't work then I'd suggest turning around. As he gets more comfortable and trusting of you, he'll be more confident on his walks.

3. As others have said always have treats. At his age if you aren't washing treats that were left in your pockets you're likely doing it wrong lol.

4. Whats going on with his ears are they still healing?
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