Is he tired or lazy or reluctant?

by Richard Miller
(Rougemont NC USA)

We walk our 2 Pyrs on a 2 mile walk in the country on a gravel road. On the return leg when 1/4 mile from home, one just shuts down and stops. Any ideas?

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Dec 31, 2014
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most likely reluctant
by: Susan

After having had 5 prys, I've noticed that they don't seem to see any point in going back home the same way you left. If you were to take a different route back, I suspect you'd see a difference in attitude.

Jan 01, 2015
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Is he tired or lazy or reluctant?
by: Sandra Y

You have not indicated how old your dog is, but if he is still young and active, it is possible that he is reluctant. Many Pyrs love their walks and do not want it to end. Even if you take different routes, they learn very quickly when they are on the home stretch from whatever direction you take. They do not want the walk to end.

So to see if he is relucant, try turning around and going away from home and see what happens. If he quickly follows and wants to continue to walk, walk a short distance and then turn again and head for home. If he stops again, then he just does not want to go home yet.


Jan 01, 2015
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Reluctant on a walk
by: Anonymous

Thank you Sandra and Susan for your insight on this situation. Apollo is one year old, neutered, and is about 100 pounds. We walk both he and his brother together using gentle leader muzzle leads. Zeus doesn't fade out at the end. The reluctance occurs when we are within sight of the house. We will try the turning and going away to see if that will work.

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