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I have an 11month old chocolate lab who upto about 4 months ago I would take for a walk of a morning, pop home at lunchtime and take her for a walk and then a walk of an evening, sometimes she would refuse to walk out the door but generally that was when it was early in the morning or if I'd popped home lunchtime and she'd just woken up.

However in the past 4 months she will probably go for a walk once maybe twice a week, I've tried everything I can think of from different leads/harnesses, taking treats with me, taking her at different times, trying different routes and even putting her in the car and driving to another area in case she was scared of something near where I live, but no matter what I try sometimes she doesn't even want her lead on and just turns her head or runs away.

When she does come out for a walk she happily sits whilst I put a harness on, she will sit until I open the door and step out and she will follow and she will happily walk and bounce around for as long as I keep her out.

The only thing I can think of is during the day she practically has the full run of the house and I do play with her alot when I'm home throwing balls and toys for her to fetch so maybe she's just tired and getting what she needs at home, she's been the vets recently and been spayed and they did a healthcheck so I know she's healthy.

anyone got any advice, as I say when she goes for a walk she happily walks outside and isn't nervous or anything, loves meeting people and getting attention and never really bothers about other dogs.
 

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I would say it is very uncommon for an 11month old lab not to want to go for a walk! Usually they would be bounding around and getting rid of the endless puppy energy they have. So clearly there is something wrong.

A few questions :-

How long is she left on her own in the day ?
Is she pleased to see you when you get home ?
You say you now only walk once or twice a week, so what exercise does she get now ?
Has she shown any joint pain anywhere?
Has this started since she was spayed ?
When you let her off lead on a walk how does she behave ?
Do you just use collar and lead ?

Hopefully answering these questions might enable someone with more experience than me to help you.

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she's always full of energy when she's not asleep and is very happy when out on a walk.

How long is she left on her own in the day ?
a maximum of about 5 hours on a day where I get home late.

Is she pleased to see you when you get home ?
she always comes charging to the door and then quickly runs off to grab a toy to bring me.

You say you now only walk once or twice a week, so what exercise does she get now ?
she's got the run of the house during the day, part of which is a 50ft corridor between rooms, of a morning we generally have a bit of a play fight and I'm throwing a very bouncy ball down the hall for her whilst I get changed and of an evening I'm always throwing a ball or something for her to go and fetch to a point she gets tired and lies down panting and then goes off for a drink.

Has she shown any joint pain anywhere?
no sign of any joint pain anywhere, all happy and bouncy as you'd expect without any limps or anything.

Has this started since she was spayed ?
it started since she came into heat for the first time and she was spayed 3 months later (3 weeks ago)

When you let her off lead on a walk how does she behave ?
if I let her off a lead which I don't do anymore she runs to anyone whose in the park and greets them very happily rolling over wanting attention, I now use an 8m flexi lead and she happily walks off infront or stays behind sniffing stuff then catches up, no sign of being scared or anything.

Do you just use collar and lead ?
I use a harness, used to use a stop pull one but she rarely pulls now so I've got just a normal harness.
 

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I must add, I thought it was some kind of seperation anxiety at first so I set a webcam up to watch her whilst I'm at work, generally when I leave of a morning she goes straight into the bedroom where cbeebies is left on for her, jumps on the bed and goes off to sleep for an hour or so, she then dissapears from view and ends up on my other cam going for a drink in the corridor and has a laydown chewing on toys or chasing a ball around and then back up to the bedroom and was either staring at the tv or goes off to sleep again and then if I sneaked into the house I could creep upstairs and see her stretched out snoring away or she'd of heard something and then sees me and comes bouncing off the bed to greet me. If she hears the key in the door she generally comes charging to the door tal waging wanting fuss, rolls over and goes and fetches a toy or something for me. never heard her whining on the camera or seen her sitting by the door, within seconds of the door closing she walks off and does her own thing.
 

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seems very strange i have an oldie and he loves his walks he will have me going three times a day and will walk my legs off to point where i carry princess ,
have you thought of mentioning it to your vet

has she been spooked or anything you know of .

sorry cant be much more help :(
 

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vet suggested she might be spooked by something and suggested put her in the car and drive her to the park or away from the area and try her. once I get her out the house she's fine, whether it be walking from my front door in any direction or whether I put her in the car and take her somewhere else, its actually getting her out the door which can be the problem, she will come to the door but as soon as the lead is about to go on she legs it. I've actually got her at the moment with her harness on, she's had it on for a couple of hours and is currently lay on her side all stretched out dropping off to sleep so she's comfortable wearing it, but I tried to put her lead on and she ran away. Yet I could try again in a few hours or tomorrow morning and she will sit and have her lead on without me even telling her to sit and then happily follow me out the door. So its very strange because there doesn't seem to be any consistency, its just as though she's a lazy lab and can't be bothered to go out some days, yet other days she's more than happy to go.

I've thought maybe she's just too comfy with the room she has in the house so thought about maybe restricting her to the entrance hall and kitchen to try and make her want to go for a walk more often because of being in a smaller space during the day but I haven't yet tried this because I like her having free roam and all the space of the house.

Oh and if I open the back door she will happily go in and out whether its raining or sunny, cold or dark, doesn't really bother her so its not like she doesn't like to go outside, seems just doesn't like walks.

I've probably just got a lazy one lol.
 

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Can i just confirm... what is it you are 'taking' as her 'not wanting to go for a walk'? Because she turns her head away when you put her lead on or she moves away when you want to strap a harness to her?....

But if you persist, you say she she enjoys her walks like any other sociable dog? But if she moves or runs from the harness or turns her head from the lead you take it as she doesn't want to go ... and so don't?

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Haven't been on for a while but just thought I'd tell you what Jack's like.

He's our third lab and the only one who shows complete disinterest when he realises there's a walk in the offing. This seemed really strange as our last 2 were completely the opposite and I'd assumed Jack would be the same - excited as soon as he saw the lead or the word walk was mentioned.

Once we're out he absolutely loves it, full of energy etc., but there's complete indifference before we set off! It's something I've just got used to and I must admit it's nice to have a dog that doesn't go crazy as soon as they see you putting your shoes on or picking up the lead!

I'd say don't worry if she's OK once she's out.

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Well, anyone who has followed the Cadbury saga over the years will know he is a really lazy-bum and was always very half-hearted about walks. Even as a young dog he simply would not go for a walk everyday, and by this I mean he would pretend to be asleep when I got the lead out (noting that if I rested him a few days he would be all excited when the lead came out).

These days he won't go out in the evenings full-stop, it involves actually dragging him out the door. He just wants to go to bed :roll:

I learned to let him have a couple of days between walks and that would restore his enthusiasm. I also did lots of games and playing with him at home, which seemed to satisfy his energy needs.

The thing that finally tipped the balance was getting Merlin. Merlin loves his walks and Cadbury hates the thought of being left behind when Merlin goes out with me, so now he insists on coming on every walk :lol: He gets far more exercise now as a 6-year-old dog, then he did as a young energetic (allegedly) dog.

This might not be what is going on with your girl, especially as she used to love her walks. Cadbury was always like this from 10 weeks. But just to say there are some seriously lazy labs out there.
 

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reading some of the responses I can relate to most of them, she doesn't show much enthusiasm when the lead comes out but once I drag her out the door (figure of speech) she loves being out, if I leave it 2 or 3 days she will happily come to the door and go for a walk, but other days she will go outside and just sit there and watch people and cars go by then after a short while either get up and walk or turn around and face the door as though she's changed her mind or as soon as she sees the lead she will leg it and if I follow her round the house with the lead she seems to think its a game and goes all lab crazy which ends up in her charging around the house knocking into everything so she ends up burning off alot of energy doing that.

I will just continue to see how she gets on but its sounding more like I've just got a lazy one so will just keep trying to take her for walks and if she runs off and shows no interest I will just put the lead away and try again later that day.
 

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"I will just continue to see how she gets on but its sounding more like I've just got a lazy one so will just keep trying to take her for walks and if she runs off and shows no interest I will just put the lead away and try again later that day."

That doesn't sound healthy to me - our pooches need their exercise just like we do. I would take her out, come rain, come shine. Not give her the choice.

(I put Tatze's lead on in the porch so that she can't run off)
 

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thats ok if you have a porch, but even when I get the harness on her sometimes she just sits there so what do you expect me to do? drag her down the street lol.

and I know they need their walks, but you tell me how to move a dog that sits there and refuses to move from the front door sometimes, hence if she don't want to go I can't make her.
 

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"Thats ok if you have a porch, but even when I get the harness on her sometimes she just sits there so what do you expect me to do? drag her down the street lol.

and I know they need their walks, but you tell me how to move a dog that sits there and refuses to move from the front door sometimes, hence if she don't want to go I can't make her."

Use a high value treat to entice her out.

Once she's out the smells etc of the walk will take her interest and you'll be fine. Go to nice places where she can meet and play with other dogs. Walks will become a pleasure for both of you.

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I haven't read all the thread but gather there is reluctance from a lab to go for a walk :roll: .

I am not sure where you live or where you go for your walks, what I do know is if a walk does not mean fun/games/ball play/meeting other dogs and people/chasing wild life/letting off steam/having a really good play with owner if there are no doggy mates about, then I do find mine plod along and eat rubbish or generally look disinterested in what they are supposed to be doing and are happy to get back to the car when they have all done their busies [this is usually the wet and windy days] we march on and either get the ball out and make our own fun or if it is seriously bad weather we just do the walk and get home quick for a dry out.

To be honest unless the weather is horrendous then I have not yet met a lab that will not atleast enjoy having a sniff or roam around looking for either something to eat or chase or play with.
Today for example we did meet a couple with 3 lurchers who were looking for some play, I knew they were not the type of dog Suzie or Bruno would want to play with but did allow Mischa to have a ball chase with them, it only lasted about 5 minutes but they were happy and so was Mischa, then we moved on till we did actually meet our regular doggy walking friends then we all just walked together and the dogs simply mingled together getting into mischief or looking out for more dogs to either join the pack or just have a sniff of each other before moving on.

What I am trying to say is, some dogs do really need the company of other dogs, I realise this does not happen for everyone if they live in remote areas, but it is possible if you try and make an effort to meet with like minded people, it is really worth doing and can really help with socialising one dog familys in the same way it helps children to learn how to play with other kids, otherwise it is important you make it fun even if your not in the mood [as sometimes we are not :roll: ] but is worth it to see them enjoying it if only for a short while.

Maybe not an easy option for the poster, but definately worth considering, also if you live anywhere near where some of the L'Fers have get togethers then maybe its worth trying to make contact to get there pooches interested in the fun of doggy walking and play.

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That doesn't sound healthy to me - our pooches need their exercise just like we do. I would take her out, come rain, come shine. Not give her the choice.
Now you see I don't agree with that :wink: A walk is about your dog having fun while exercising. If your dog gets out and just refuses to move fast or sulks, what benefit is he gaining? Cadbury walks between 2 to 3 times a week, anymore and he looks like he has been beaten and lays down at the first opportunity. I would rather he enjoy himself on a walk, then just carry on because I think he should walk everyday.

He is happy and healthy, trim and fit. I do training with him as well, so he has plenty of stimulation. In contrast Merlin is always up for a walk.
 

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Well, chances are she got spooked on a walk or something happened and she wants to avoid that.

The thing is dogs aren't really happy when things change a lot. They tend to get confused and it might turn out that that changing the walk all the time might confuse your dog even more and create other problems. If I were you, I'd try using a lead and casually just put the lead on and start going for a short 5 minute walk and do the same thing a couple of times per day and see if that changes anything.
 

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just thought I'd try her and see if she want to go for a walk, rather than put her harness on by the door I put it on in the living room about 20mins before going out, I then went to the door and she followed, I clipped the lead on and she happily came out, went for a quick 10min walk around the block and came back, normally when I get her out I walk her about 30mins a time of a morning and evening, or of a weekend or a lighter evening I take her over the park for a longer walk, maybe shorter walks are the way forward and in her mind she will think its a shorter walk and I will gradually extend them just like when she was a little pup.

fingers crossed that putting her harness on a short while before taking her for a walk and shorter walks do the trick, will try taking her out again later before bed for a quick walk.
 
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