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I'm wondering if the harder surfaces might cause more pain to the leg that is bowed more than the other? Does he like you to throw a ball for him in the yard? I don't yet have a havanese, but just going on what you said, I think I would skip the walks. I think I might try again in colder weather (as dogs just like the cooler temps), and I think I might try shorter walks only two or three times a week and see how he reacts.
My thinking is if you only go once or twice a week, for short walks, and he seems happy, then I think that might indicate that he really is having a physical problem with the walks. I think I would wait at least a week, maybe longer, before trying again to rest his legs, in case they are hurting any at all. If he is still avoiding the pavement, and unhappy, and he can keep the weight off without it, then I tend to think skipping the walks would be better. I am wondering if he would play at a park if he was not walked there? If so, I would try getting him there by car or stroller, if you were close. That way he does get out of the house occasionally, if it were to mean alot to him, and if it were part of your regular routine. It doesn't sound like he is happy with the walks. I think the big question here is if he is not happy b/c of pain, or b/c walking is just 'work'.