Join Date: Nov 2006
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Now that I have a second Havanese, I compare them a lot and they have so many similarities but one that is drastically different is going for a walk. For the past 2 months, I have been working on Dora losing weight. She gained a bit of weight and hasn't seemed to lose it so I started walking her alone. She doesn't like the dual lead with Belle or Dash (they go crazy and I wouldn't want to be hooked to them myself). Well I have come to the conclusion, Dora is just lazy (we have both gained weight for the same reason!!!)
At first, I thought the issue is she doesn't want to be walked alone. She would throw herself on the ground and I had to drag her a few blocks. My neighbors must have thought I was stealing someone's dog! But if I take the two, she doesnt like them pulling her and stops and puts on the breaks. We got thru walking alone after a few days of pretty much me just dragging her along. Then it turned into she got stuff on her. If there was a leaf anywhere on her, she would lay in the road during the walk. Then she got smart and would pretend something was on her- DH has caught her doing this, cause she knows we pick her up and examine her. There is nothing on her you put her down and she lays down again!
Meanwhile, I leave Dash and Belle at home and they go to the window and cry the entire time (Dash actually howls so I am not allowed to leave Dash if DH is home!) If I take just Belle or Dash, neither of them ever looks back for another dog, they can carry sticks and burrs all over them and I never know it on a walk.
Dora isn't lazy when it comes to squirrel chasing, getting cookies, and many times, we will come home from a walk and she will run around excited to be home. So I really don't think it is anything physical. She had a blood panel last year and was good. I really just don't know what else I can do to make walks enjoyable for her. I just thought dogs are suppose to love walks- my other two are totally opposite! Now take Dora offleash and go hiking, she loves it- she doesnt run like Belle and Dash but she is happy and wagging and going the entire time.
P.S. Dora is almost back to her weight so we have accomplished something in our struggle of the walk.
Does anyone else have a odd ball like me?