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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Ellie82, Apr 4, 2011.


  1. Ellie82

    Ellie82 PetForums Junior

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    Hi All

    I just wondered if anyone had any tips on how to enjoy walking my scottish terrier. She is only about 8 months old. She's a bit of a nightmare and stops for no reason and makes a weird noise (like grunting) when you try and make her walk.

    Ive tried just carrying on walking but its difficult when she sometimes pulls back. I take her for a walk everyday and just really wish she'd walk as nicely as every other dog I see out

    Anyone else had trouble like this
     
  2. Pineapple

    Pineapple PetForums Member

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    My 8 MO puppy stops during walks and stands staring at things that interest him and while I was using a lead and collar it was difficult to deal with, but I've since moved on to using a comfortable fleece harness on him with a front clipping O ring, and if I create less slack on the lead when he stops behind me, he'll continue walking. I think it's because the harness guides his whole body, it's not just a collar pulling around his neck. So perhaps a harness might help you?

    Also, is your dog stopping (and grunting!) because she is fearful? Have you tried taking treats out on walks with you, and when she stops coaxing her along and treating her when she follows?
     
  3. Ellie82

    Ellie82 PetForums Junior

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    Thanks I'll try a harness again. I did get her one and she refused to move lol but it was when she was really young so perhaps now she'll be more obliging.

    He making a grunting noise isnt really fearful (well i dont think so) more like she's annoyed.
     
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    I knew someone whose dog grunted and was told it was something like an inverted sneeze! Could be some kind of plant is irritating his nose?:001_smile:
     
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    DirtyGertie PetForums VIP

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    There are some YouTube videos of "Reverse Sneezing" - see if this is what your pup is doing, if it is google Reverse Sneezing to read up about it.

    Our Bichon does this occasionally, it was quite frightening the first time. It's happened once or twice when out walking when she's pulled. She walks with a flat collar and lead, we can't get anywhere with a harness unfortunately. Most times have been in the house though.
     
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    Phoenix&Charlie'sMum PetForums VIP

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    Can you not just stop and let her sniff? or are you in a hurry to get back?
     
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    keirk PetForums Member

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    Have you discussed this with your vet?
     
  8. Ellie82

    Ellie82 PetForums Junior

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    I do stop and let her sniff, Im sometimes out for about an hour and half to walk a very short distance that i could walk normally in about 15 minutes. Which is why i have asked for advise cause i don't think it should take that long.
     
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    Ellie82 PetForums Junior

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    I don't think its a real problem really, it just her way of saying im not moving. half a growl sort of thing.

    Sometimes she just lays down on her belly so he doesnt have to move
     
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    myshkin PetForums VIP

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    My terrier does this, it's definitely not inverted sneezing in his case, more like as you say - grumbling about not getting his own way. He's quite a grumbly, grouchy little soul vocally in general. I'm mostly just hauling him along at the moment I'm afraid, he needs to know that I decide it's sniffing every leaf time, and that sometimes we just walk. I'm glad you've asked about it though, I'll be checking this thread for helpful hints on walking with stubborn terriers without the grumbling :)
     
  11. Ellie82

    Ellie82 PetForums Junior

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    sounds exactly the same :) im glad im not the only one stuffering lol

    must be a terrier thing
     
  12. sunshine80

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    Sonny does the grunting if I pull him when he is stopped as well again it is not inverted sneezing just Sonny grumbling (I think it is quite funny really) - he is a stubborn cocker though not a terrier. He is quite vocally anyway though (as my Dad always points out the breeder even told me this when I picked him up as a pup). Sonny stopped and sniffed everything when he was a pup but that does seem a long time for a walk to take. I usually let Sonny do his own thing but will call/pull him back if he takes too long. It is easier now he is off lead on a lot of the walks as I just leave him too it and he runs and catches up with me when he is done sniffing. Sonny grunts whether he is on a collar/lead or has a harness - he tries to dig his feet in as well :D
     
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