My dog constantly sits/lays down on walks. She becomes dead weight to pick up and refuses to budge. She only exhibits this behavior when I walk her - when my boyfriend walks her, she's the complete opposite. How can we fix this behavior?

asked 2018-02-01 14:23:27 -0500

She's a 14 month old Golden Retriever (typically a very active dog!) When she was younger, I would be able to take her for pretty long walks without her stopping. Over the past few months she has started exhibiting this behavior shortly into her walk (so I know it's not because she's tired). She only exhibits this behavior when I walk her. When my boyfriend walks her, she doesn't stop at all. How can we fix this behavior so I'm able to take her for long walks again and get her the exercise she needs?

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answered 2018-02-06 02:19:48 -0500

My 2yr old APBT, Nash was like that with my husband... Our problem with that was I walked him alot more and we had places we walked to and my husband didnt do that,so i went a few times with them on the walk husband held leash I was jst there to show Nash that 1- I was there,2- show my husband Nash's spots he liked to go potty at,and 3-help Nash and my husband its just the same walk without me...

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answered 2018-03-30 08:29:42 -0500

Well there you have it. It’s a golden! Obviously it’s a golden! I swear, goldens are the life of the party but also the silliest. I had something for you. But now I don’t. Goldens are one of the smartest breeds I know and your dog knows exactly how to get your goat. Maybe try showing your golden that you are also the boss in the house hold? The pup sees your husband as leader, dominant but sees you as someone to toy with. Walk with purpose but on your downside when you guys aren’t walking, don’t let him get away with anything. If he’s in your spot on the couch, make him get off the couch so you can sit there. Make him lay down when you want him to. Before you put a leash on make him sit every time. You need to show him that you can also be in control. Of course you can also play with him but you also need to show that stuff ain’t going to fly with you. So that when he lays down, you are going to get down there with him, put your face in his face and bare your teeth at him and strictly yell at him.

It’s honestly how I got my springer mix to finally listen to me. He was doing the same exact playbook to me. When you finally get him walking, keep walking like you mean it.

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I would be VERY CAREFUL about getting in a dog’s face. This can be seen as aggression. As a pediatric nurse I have seen more than one child get bit in the face by facing a dog head on like this.

Julie G.'s profile image Julie G.  ( 2018-08-07 16:42:17 -0500 ) edit

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