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Old 07-24-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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Do any of you all have issues to walk your dog~? I definitely do. I can walk my dog at times without issues and he's anxious to go, but there are times he isn't like tonight. I was taking a dog class for controlling your dog off leash and was based on using a clicker. Maxwell doesn't like the clicker too much. Anyways, he didn't want to walk tonight so since I had treats in my pocket I would drop them along the way since he wouldn't take them by hand. Even his teacher mentioned how taking treats on your walks are good. He kept stopping and turning around and wanting to go home. I did get him to go one block (20 minutes) and usually we walk 2 blocks + (45-1+ hr). Do you all have any suggestions~? Anyways, we can go to a park and he's anxious and doesn't turn back. I don't take him to the park as often as I once did, but I do take him from time to time. He seems to like that better than the neighborhood. Should I make it a habit to go to the park instead~?
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Is it very hot where you are? I am taking my dogs on very short walks when it's hot.....
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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Is it very hot where you are? I am taking my dogs on very short walks when it's hot.....
Yes, it has been hot here but he will walk normally in hot weather. Maybe because he's a Yorkshire Terrier and he's the boss is the problem too. It use to be numerous of people would walk their dogs around here and hardly anyone does now, and it isn't the weather. Now and then his buddy, a Lab/Husky dog will walk with him and his brother and sister dog, and even the cat. Yes, their cat goes for walk with the dog without the leash
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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im assuming your walking your dog on concrete or blacktop (road/sidewalk?) if so take your shoes off and see how it feels...

ive found in about 98% of "dont want to walk" cases its usually resolved quickly by going only early in the morning and/or keeping off hard surfaces and only walking on grass as it stays cool.
their feet do feel the heat and given the reacent weather, that could very well be the case.

expecially so if the park which he gets excited about going to he gets to run around on grass/dirt.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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im assuming your walking your dog on concrete or blacktop (road/sidewalk?) if so take your shoes off and see how it feels...

ive found in about 98% of "dont want to walk" cases its usually resolved quickly by going only early in the morning and/or keeping off hard surfaces and only walking on grass as it stays cool.
their feet do feel the heat and given the reacent weather, that could very well be the case.

expecially so if the park which he gets excited about going to he gets to run around on grass/dirt.
Yes, I do walk him on the road, or hard surfaces in the neighborhood. But in the park we do also, until he decides he wants to cut thru the grass to the other side or walk down the steps to the nature area which is also a hard surface. I can't let him go in everyone's yard here since numerous neighbors use chemical on their lawn for weeds.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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try walking him very early a.m. I'll bet his paws are painful. Here in N.C. it has been 80 as early as 7:30 and my dog doesn't want to walk much past 8.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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I agree with the above, try and get him some shoes if you're going to walk during the hot hours on hard surfaces. His paws can become severely burned which will cause him to walk on his feet weird (depending on where the burn is) which then leads to more soreness and pain. I really don't know what would cause him to be anxious in the neighborhood and excited at the park, but I would try desensitizing him to the neighborhood by rewarding him for calm behavior.

As for not liking the clicker, you can use whatever you want as a marker! Personally, I use "yes" because I haven't found anything more annoying than a clicker. Haha!
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:57 PM
 
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walk early in the morning before the sun hits the pavement or at least an hour after dark so that the heat has some time to disburse.

Your smart pup knows the A/C is preferable during this heatwave.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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I really don't think it has anything to do with the heat. He was over anxious today when we went to the park. But tonight, I had to carry him outside the gate and then get him interested in walking. If he could only talk.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I guarantee that the heat is an issue.

When it's a heatwave like this, I walk my dog very early in the morning, and only do very short, "bathroom" walks later in the day. Between the heat of the sidewalk/pavement, the burned up scratchy grass, and the sun beating down on his glossy black patches, walking in this kind of heat is awful for him. He's got a lot of pent up energy, and has been running laps inside, which is a bummer, but it's just way too hot for a black dog outside during the heat of the day right now.
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