I have a question about walking issues. I've had Zip since mid November and mostly everything has really been wonderful. She has become more and more vocal and she cuddles with us more now. The progression of her getting more comfortable has been noticeable, which is exciting.
I have made a big effort to arrange my life around making sure that she gets enough exercise, as we live in an apartment. I am pretty much in the habit of taking her on a 45 min to an hour long walk every day right when I get back from work. And depending on the day, and my roommate's schedule, sometimes I take her on a shorter walk in the morning. Sometimes she does that thing where she stops, plants her feet and just looks at me as if to say "I don't want to be walked, take me inside". She has a Montana Dog Ware coat (xmas present from mom!) and I put it on her if it's under 60 outside. This morning it was particularly chilly and there was nothing I could do to get her to budge, and I don't want to pull her by the leash. It seems kind of silly to wake up around 30 minutes earlier in the morning to walk her and then to have her look miserable. I want to make sure she gets enough exercise but I don't want to be fighting with her over it and it doesn't make much sense if she's not enjoying it. I think she does this more often when it's chilly out but not JUST when it's chilly. Suggestions?? Do we need to find a way to exercise her inside the apartment?? I know there are B's living in places waaaaaaaaaaaaaay colder than socal and they MUST get out sometimes, right?
Oh and….I also need suggestions for treats. I have tried clicker training with Zip a little and only stopped because the itty bitty pieces of turkey hot dogs upset her tummy. Otherwise she responded really well to it. I think I might have given her too many of them in a day given that it was something new in her diet. I stay away from wheat with her per her breeder's instructions and all the treats carried in chain stores have wheat! So...apart from walking issues I need some treat suggestions. For those of you doing positive reinforcement by treating, how many times in a day do you treat your B's for exhibiting desirable behavior or responding to a cue? I want to make sure I'm not giving her too many. Thank you all for your help!