Who's driving this bus anyway!

  • The last couple of months Samantha is getting a bit choosy about the routes we go on for a walk. When she disapproves with the way that I'm heading, she'll just stop and lay down - sometimes in the middle of the road! If I turn and go a different way, she'll follow. Other times she'll continue on with a little nudging. But if she's really got her mind set on not going the way that I intended, she will absolutely not give in!

    Does anyone else have this problem? If so, what do you do about it?

    I thought today maybe I'd have to start bringing treats with me to get her to go where I want her to when she gets stubborn - but is that just rewarding her for stopping?

  • Has something happened on the route she doesn't want to go?
    Hot pavement, bad dogs behind fences…something?

  • Fiji will give in, but she has definitely been testing lately, and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with bad experiences on any of our routes; feels more like she's testing to see who's in charge. Is that likely, or just my imagination? What's the best response?

    Thanks for bringing this up.

  • Yes, get her and your new boy into obedience and work to earn with treats, and getting up on the couch by you…
    it will help.

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