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From: Katomi (
Subject:         Need help: Dog won't walk
Date: May 21, 2006 at 12:29 pm PST

We have the opposite problem with our dog that most people do. We have a dog that won't walk, rather then dogs that pull ahead on the leash.

He is a 7 month old American Eskimo. He's gentle as a lamb, but with his previous owners he was very active. Since bringing him home with us (his owners are moving, and for the record they took very good care of the dog, they were friends of ours), he has been lethargic though.

He lies around all day, and when we take him out (he is not housebroken yet so we must take him out often), he does the same thing.

When we try to get him to walk on the leash, he lies there. We were informed by several people on another message board and people at a dog training group to just drag him along.. to turn around, pay him no attention, and walk along at our regular pace. They told us the dog WOULD keep up eventually.

Instead, the dog allowed himself to be choked by the collar, and to be dragged along the ground. We did as we were told, we dragged him along. And what do we have to show for it? He choked himself, almost to the point of blacking out (he fell over and looked like he was a minute from being unconscious, and allowed himself to be dragged along on his side before we noticed!), and he has injuries on his back legs where the fur was literally burned off by the force of him being dragged along (and this was on grass, it wasn't even on pavement)

This dog is willing to endure injury just so he doesn't have to walk. But we have to walk him in order to allow him to eliminate.

He is also hard to catch when he has an accident in the house because he has been peeing lying down because he refuses to get up!!

We need to get him moving. We purchased a good harness so at least dragging him along doesn't choke him anymore. But its still a massive amount of work to get him moving. So far, he has not learned, and still refuses to walk willingly in the slightest. One person told us that he had never known a dog to hold out more than 3 days on the drag tactic. Well, we own that dog.

He is unmotivated by food and praise.

What do we do? He must be depressed since leaving his home.. but that does not negate the fact that we MUST get him moving. We don't have a huge yard to let him eliminate. We intended to instead walk him many times a day, it would be good excercise for our whole family and the dog. But now we're not sure what to do.

Any help is appriciated.


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