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Is Benji just lazy?

Benji is 1 year old now and doing great I think. However, when we take a walk he frequently lies down in the grass. At first I thought his leg hurt and I carried him home. ( He had surgery for angular limb deformity in April). My husband thought he was too hot.. So now I walk him only when it's cool out.
My regular vet said his gait looks PERFECT . His heart is good ( EKG done), and all labwork normal. He said to me.. Maybe Benji is being lazy.
Since then, I've been using treats to try to get him up and walking. In a 15 minute leisurely stroll ( I let him sniff a lot) he might lie down about 5 or 6 times. He'll get up in about 30 seconds . It almost seems like he enjoys the feel of the cool grass on his stomach..
Has anyone else seen this in their dog? Any thoughts on what this is all about?
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My puppy will do this too, and I've noticed it is only when it is somewhat hot or humid outside. He's VERY sensitive to heat, so I have to take him on his walks very early in the morning even before I think it is kinda warm, or just before dark when it is cooling off a lot. I figured it was a heat thing when he stopped doing it early and late, and he always chose plush cool grass in the shade, never dirt, sunny grass, or other surfaces.

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I have the exact same story as Adorable Zeke. Morning and evening when it is cooler. Ollie would literally let me drag him along the grass back legs sticking straight out the back like a seal pup. Wouldn't move.







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Got a chuckle reading about Ollie and Zeke . Maybe it could be that Bemji gets too hot, although I too had switched to early morning ( 6:30 am)!! and cooler evening walks and he still does it. Interesting that yours are heat sensitive as Benji has always been this way too. He will not laze in a sunny patch in the living room ( as my two previous dogs, both bichons had done).. instead he'll lie down practically on top of the air conditioner vent . Can't stand being outside when it's hot out..wants to come right in. Did these pups pant when they lie down? .. Benji does some of the time.

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I'm getting a good laugh reading about Ollie and Benji! I'm noticing my pup seems to be heat sensitive also and seeks shade when we sit in park and on real hot days she would want to go in the house and lies down on cool tile floor in kitchen. When we take her out on leash at night she will walk, tries to run and then flops down flat on the grass like a rug. We took her on a trail and halfway through it she wanted me to pick her up.
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Yes Ollie would pant and he won't lie in the sun either. Our deck is south facing and he lies under the table where he gets shade. He was more sensitive when he was younger, but now not as bad. We walk everyday twice a day and he always meets friends, dog and human and really enjoys that. He looks forward to his walks now. I live in an area where the climate is not exceptionally warm. Alberta, Canada. The summers average about 74 here, so it is very bearable. We had an exceptionally hot August though with temps in the 90 range. We are not used to that and it was really uncomfortable for us and the dog. We do not have air conditioning so the house was crazy hot. We really don't need air here, but this year. Wow!!!







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Who knew it was going to get so hot in Canada! I can imagine how that must have been,goodness 90 degrees and no air conditioning! NY tends to have hot summers ( although these past few days it has been unseasonably cool) where it so hot you have to cut humidity to get through. On these cooler days Sasha seems to want to sit on our balcony and watch the birds.

Now in working with Benji, perhaps a consult with a behaviorist is needed to help you expand on what you are doing already? Oh, yes my pup pants when she's hot but I think they are supposed to as that is how they try to cool down.
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Chloe is the same way, can't do too much heat - she starts panting and I'll have to pick her up and carry her. When we get back to the house she can't get in the door fast enough to get some water - several long gulps and then rest on the hardwood floor.


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