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Old 05-05-2013, 04:21 PM
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Puppy Plops down and does not want to Get up

Our 11 week old rottie puppy loves to go outdoors. We take him out on a leash, wearing a flat collar. He really loves to be outside but it is not possible all of the time. He plops his little butt down and then lays down in the grass. He will not get up- not for a treat, not for chicken hot dog bits and not for me acting goofy to get him up. Any ideas? I have started slowly pulling on the leash and sometimes he gets up and others he just lays there. He does not like to be picked up and will grumble if we do. This is a male rott thing I was told by the breeder. Any suggestions? Thank you
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Are you trying to take him for a "walk" when he does this? Puppies this young do not want to "go for walks" yet. They want to stay close to home, that means the backyard only. A "sit down strike" as you describe is how a puppy tries to tell his human that he does not want to go there... As he grows up, he'll have more of a sense of adventure and need that walk. Meanwhile, don't force him. Forcing will just re-inforce his fears of going too far from home, as it will be a very unpleasant experience for him.

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Thanks Tess for the advice, I am having the same issue with my three month old pup. Especially when its hot outside she goes into what i call shut down mode and plops down and refuses to budge. At first i tried to coax her to come and have fun but now i know to just let her chill and do her thing. No need to push it. Its great to hear that others agree: sometimes the world is just too much when you are a baby mammal!!
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No Misha does this when we are finished doing his business in the yard. he does not want to come in. He does fine on walks, I toss chicken hot dog bits out in front of us and he keeps on walking. Only rottie out of 5 we have owned to do this.
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No Misha does this when we are finished doing his business in the yard. he does not want to come in. He does fine on walks, I toss chicken hot dog bits out in front of us and he keeps on walking. Only rottie out of 5 we have owned to do this.
Well, in that case, he's certainly telling you that he is not finished with play time! I'd probably put a harness on him and just gently walk him inside. (pulling just on his neck could be harmful.) Certainly when he is full sized, it will be problematic if he refuses to come inside when you need him to, so getting him in the habit of complying now is probably a good idea. Make it as positive as you can by giving him a treat when he gets in the door.

Also, make sure he is getting enough outside play time as well, so he feels more satisfied.
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I took Keppet for walks very early on. I didn't pull her, just encouraged her. Now she walks with me and she's not 11 weeks old yet. We still only do short ones. It's mostly so she can use some of her energy on sniffing and looking for treats as well as learning not to pull and to be nice. But the first few days I just had her run around in the garden and made her chase things.
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