Doesn't like to walk - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Ellie NY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 442
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Doesn't like to walk

I always thought dogs looooved to walk. Not my Eli. He likes to go outside, do his business, and run home as quickly as possible. When I try to get him to walk after he does his business he tries to pull me back home. We take him to the park 3-4 times a week in the evenings when it's cooler and he will run off leash for a little while. He prefers to sit and watch other dogs play, this includes a really active Havs who makes my Eli look like a lump.

Eli is perfectly healthy as far as I and his vet can tell (although he doesn't eat very well but he's not skinny). Is this just normal behavior for some Havs? I know they don't need much exercise and he does go up and down the stairs a hundred times a day.
Ellie NY is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 03:15 PM
Member
 
MoirasNiceLady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: SE Iowa
Posts: 54
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just curious, how old is Eli? My Mo is 4 months and hated to walk on the leash until one night we took her for a walk with our 6 year old Cairn Terrier, whom she LOVES. She booked her little J-Lo butt to keep up with him the whole time. No stopping and refusing to budge, no backing away, no trying to go back the way we came. Ever since then she's been a peach to walk. Is it possible that you have an older dog experienced at walking on leash that could teach her, or a neighbor with a dog that you could walk with to give Eli more confidence? Just a thought
MoirasNiceLady is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Ellie NY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 442
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by MoirasNiceLady View Post
Just curious, how old is Eli? My Mo is 4 months and hated to walk on the leash until one night we took her for a walk with our 6 year old Cairn Terrier, whom she LOVES. She booked her little J-Lo butt to keep up with him the whole time. No stopping and refusing to budge, no backing away, no trying to go back the way we came. Ever since then she's been a peach to walk. Is it possible that you have an older dog experienced at walking on leash that could teach her, or a neighbor with a dog that you could walk with to give Eli more confidence? Just a thought
Eli is 14 months. I live in a very busy area - both for cars and foot traffic. I don't believe he's scared of that since he will sit calmly on the sidewalk near the curb as the cars speed by. While the weather is good I'm trying to give him longer walks but he just doesn't seem interested at all.
Ellie NY is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 05:34 PM
DonnaC
 
DonnaC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 289
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 2 Times in 2 Posts
Our puppy hated the leash when we first started. He sat on the sidewalk and stared at me like I was asking him to walk across coals. But, when we took the dachshund out with him, he, too, followed right along, and now he's a real trooper on the leash.

Also, early on, we took him to a local dog park, and see all the other dogs motivated him.

Have you tried treats in the back of your hand? I have to say I never got anywhere with that, but it works for some folks.
DonnaC is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 11:53 PM
Jacqueline
 
sprorchid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 1,090
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
yup, my little guy didn't really understand what a walk was until I walked him with my other dog. and now I have 3, and they really enjoy walking together as a pack. Now he pulls like a madman, and is always out in front ready to mark the next unsuspecting tree or telephone poll. He also really enjoy romping off leash, and runs like a crazy dog (with my other pup) doing wind sprints back and forth on the trail while I catch up to them.

I do know dogs that don't walk well on leash. I used the treat in the hand to teach him to walk at a heel... he's learned it, but much prefers to be out in front.
sprorchid is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 07:15 AM
Henry 2006-2018/ Kordelia
 
gelbergirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NJ/NYC metro.
Posts: 4,121
Submit Photo: 11
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 24 Posts
Henry is not so keen on going for walks either.
gelbergirl is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 09:26 AM
Tori's mom
 
Leslie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Posts: 4,988
Submit Photo: 19
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 6 Posts
Tori isn't thrilled about walking. She will often slink away from me and try to hide when she realizes I have her harness/leash. Once we're out walking, though, she does seem to enjoy it.

Like Eli, she is definitely much more of an observer rather than a participator. At Hav gatherings and play dates we've attended, she is most happy sitting on my lap watching the other dogs play. I can remember her breeder describing her personality to me when she was tiny (less than 9 wks. old) I was told, "She is happiest just watching her brothers play and chase the butterfly rather than joining them in the chasing and playing." Now, at 4 yrs. old, she's not changed a bit.

~Leslie

At our house, we spell happiness H-A-V-A-N-E-S-E
Leslie is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 11:29 AM
Senior Member
 
Kathie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: SE Georgia
Posts: 4,515
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 12 Times in 12 Posts
Abby used to hate to go for walks and would lay down in the middle of our street and refuse to move! I can't remember how old she was when she finally started liking it, though. Now, she gets really excited and loves to go! I guess from reading a couple of the other posts there are just some dogs that don't like it! I would just keep trying and it may just "click" someday! I wouldn't force it, though.

Kathie, Abby & McGee's Mom
Kathie is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 08:25 PM
Linda
 
HavaneseSoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 5,409
Submit Photo: 73
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 22 Posts
Dexter is fussy about going outside when there is no need. He will let me take out Jack without wanting to follow along.

Dexter is will 3 yrs. in September.

Jack (1-1/2 yrs) loves to be outside and rings the bells to go outside frequently.

When Dexter was younger he did refuse to walk and would lay down in grass or street at times, he just did not want to go for a walk.

We go for a walk maybe 2-3 times a week (15 minutes), Dexter will be the first to head for home when we are close to the house.



Dexter & Jack
"One Hav is NOT enough to enjoy the RLH skills!"
HavaneseSoon is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 08:36 AM
Senior Member
 
Atticus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: vermont
Posts: 647
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Atticus is 5 months now and just beginning to really like walks,he was terrible just refused to walk. He still balks some at new places but is much better and I can lure him on and never have to carry him on walks. I was taking him to new places all the time till I realized that was part of the problem so we just went on the same walk for a month, and he started to feel very comfortable.I live in Vermont so walks in nature are pretty endless. The other day though I had him at our market place, cars, sidewalks etc. He wouldn't budge! I realized I need to work on going everywhere! I have different leashes, flexie (sp?) for exploring/sniff walks and a regular leash for loose leash walking (with treats). I haven't really worked much on a real heel except for short spurts while loose leash walking. Be sure you have time on your walks for sniffing fun for him,walking from point A to B may not be his idea of a good time.My main thought IT TAKES TIME!!! Grin

Jody ,lucky Mom of Atticus
Atticus is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome