Westie Puppy doesnt like being walked , always wants to go home ?

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Old 07-29-2013, 09:55 AM
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Westie Puppy doesnt like being walked , always wants to go home ?

Hi there I have a 13 week old Westie pup boy called Hamish

Had him for just over 2 weeks and to begin with he was doing very well walking outside around our house.

But now for some strange reason he will not walk past the end of our drive before he starts to pull back , if we do get him to walk its barley to the end of the street , then once we turn back he picks up his pace and pracitcally runs back to the house ?

Why is this and how can i resolve it ?

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I read somwhere on this forum that puppies don't like being walked outside of their own yard, but I can't remember anything more that was said about it.
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Yes, exactly what Tuckersmom said.

At first, he did not have a sense of where his home was, so would follow you anywhere, as you were a big source of his security. Now he knows where home is and he is still very young and wants to feel safe. Instinctively a puppy knows he is a "prey animal" and is safest near the "den". You are asking too much of him to "go for a walk" at this age. He is still a baby and is not feeling adventurous enough for big explorations.

Don't force him. Just be content to play with him in the yard for a while. He'll let you know when he wants his world to expand.

Also, keep in mind puppies have "fear periods" and he may be in one of those as well, so take it easy on him, and make sure he is having positive experiences, not scary ones.

Remember, a puppy is a BABY dog, not a miniature adult dog. At 13 weeks he is still a toddler. You would not take your toddler for a long walk around the neighborhood. The puppy is not ready.
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At this age, you shouldn't be walking him anyway. There's no way he's had all his vaccines and the waiting period afterward. When he gets to that point, walk him just a few houses and come back. It takes a while to build them up to a mile or two. I walked mine too far once and he got tired and was very resistant to walking after that, so I had my neighbor (who has a fun dog) let me drop in on her a few times for playtime so that he didn't always associate walking with fatique...but that fun things could happen on a walk, too. That made him very excited to walk and to this day he sees a leash and goes into a down and bows his head so you can get him leashed up or a walk...LOVES it.
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Like Marbear says FIRST wait till he's had his vaccines before taking him out again.

My dog was like this, she would struggle a lot at the end of my driveway and if we got her to go further would rush as fast as the lead would let her back into the garden. We used to carry her to start with, get her used to smells and sounds without being fearful. And we'd just walk her around the garden and up to the edge of the road, stood there for a bit so she could get used to the cars and other sounds. If you think about it from their point of view - it is scary out there! Everything is loud and noisy, smelly and new. Just take little steps at a time, going a little further each time. It worked for my dog Lulu, now she loves walks
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Sounds just like what my puppy went through! Walked around the first week and then one day refused to leave the front yard. It took around a month... she would slowly expand her safe area even a few feet beyond the front lawn, then to the end of the street and now on short walks!


I was told on this forum that my puppy would let me know when she was ready to expand her horizon. It's so true! We helped encourage her with treats but mostly it was our puppy starting to explore. Your puppy will too! Give it some time!
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Same here - Cobber started out walking with me just fine (I got him at 9 weeks), but shortly after that he wouldn't leave the yard. I came here, asked the same question and received the same answers Now, at 4+ months, he loves walking around the neighborhood, the local park, just about anywhere. So as everyone says, give the puppy time to feel safer and be more ready to explore with you.
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Gradual Progression

Hi. I agree that your pup must have all puppy shots before going out for walks. And pups do need to gain courage. With my pup, I would carry him out a bit further, place him down, give a treat and then walk. It was amazing how, once out from a house a bit, he loved exploring and he realized that their was a fun world out there, beyond the house.

As your pup gets older, you can even drive to the dog park or another dog friendly area, and then start the walk. Have a 5 minutes goal and then slowly work up from there.

Also, this is the time to do heeling commands. So that your pup learns from the get-go

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Just FYI folks depending on where OP is the pup may have had all its vaccines. In the UK they're generally given at 8 weeks, then 9 weeks so ready to go out at 10 weeks
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do you have parvo there? Here it takes a series of 3 or 4 vaccines...4 in my area where parvo is very high. They are taken 1 month apart...8, 12, 16, 20 weeks. you can start taking the puppy out into the world more a few weeks after that 16 week vaccine, I think. The vaccines don't work right away...they are not effective til a few weeks after they are taken. It is a series, not just 1 shot.
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